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Catalyst (Collide #3)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  1,656 ratings  ·  106 reviews
In the third installment of the Collide series, we start off with Sherry, taken prisoner in the enforcement facility. The little bunker family must now decide whether it's worth the risk to try to save her or if it would bring doom to them all. Lily has started showing signs of her gift progressing, which may not be a desirable thing. And as Marissa starts to act strangely ...more
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Published December 24th 2011 (first published December 19th 2011)
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Shelly Crane
Aug 14, 2011 Shelly Crane added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This book isn't called Catalyst for nothing. This is the one that's going to change everything in the way the Collide series is going. I am so excited about this and can't wait for you to see what's coming for the bunker family. I will tell you that Sherry and Merrick will always be present, I've got this question alot. They were my inspiration for the story and though I will definately add other POV's, theirs will always be forefront. There are many people who have a story to tell in this book ...more
Mandy (I read Indie) Anderson
Sherry has been taken captive by the Lighters and now the group must go in search of her to bring her back to their ‘family’. But will they be able to get to her in time or will the torture prove to be too much for Sherry? Can Merrick manage to keep it together long enough to save the woman he loves? And how does Daniel, the Lighter that helped them in the past, play a role in all of it?

When Collide started out it was a Sherry and Merrick story. But now, new and old characters are getting more t
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Shelly Shelly Shelly....... You have done it again! There are no words that can describe what I felt when I was reading Catalyst. Man oh Man did I have so many emotions and scream fests at the book that I wanted to throw it because some people just don't get it.

Sherry has been taken by the Lighters and she is locked up in the Lighter facility awaiting her fate.Merrick is going crazy because he has never been separated from her before.The thing is that Merrick and the gang have a plan to get Sher
Gloria Green
"True love should not have to lie, cheat or steal. The best kind of love finds you when you need it most. This is what my books are about...."-Shelly Crane

If the above statement doesn't tempt your heart then you really need a heavy dose of Shelly's stories. Of all the books I've read, some of my favorite couples were created by the Author Shelly Crane. In the Collide series that couple is Sherry and Merrick, oh sweet Merrick.(I just love his name).

Catalyst is the third book in this series. It st
Jennifer Nunez
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Okay before I say anything else; the ending? Wonderful, horrible, heart wrenching, and I'm totally going to die waiting for book 4!
Was it good? Oh heck yeah. But that cliffhanger is evil I tell you.
The series just gets better and better! Catalyst was super intense but so so good! I always love spending time with the characters Mrs. Crane creates and this book was no exception.
If you haven't read this author you really need to. book 4? Please hurry!!
!Five stars all the way!!! :)
Clarisse Martinez
This book was just amazing! It gave so much and took a little away too. Without having to post a spoil I will say only that this book definitely is a cliffhanger! A glorious cliffhanger. My recommendation is start from book one do not skip because you'll miss all the good parts. And once your done with this book you will join all of us who are anxiously awaiting the next one :) I keep saying it and I will never get tired of saying "Shelly Crane is an amazing writer! "
Rita Torkelson
UGH!!!! I love this series so much that it's going to be torture to wait for the next one!!!! Still love Cain to no end, and if Piper and Polly don't get what's coming to them soon, I'm going to freak out - they suck!!!! Please, please, please get #4 out quickly!!! :)
Exceptional! I love this series. There was quite a bit more action in this one than in the first two. I liked that the story was told from several different character's perspectives. Shelly definately hit a home run! Highly recommend this series for any YA Fan!
I love this series Shelly you are the best. I cant wait to read the 4th book.
it did not just end like that?!?!!?!?!
My Book Friend
Sherry has been taken to an enforcement facility, and it is a huge risk to go rescue her. They really are in the dark as to what is happening to Sherry. Marissa is starting to act weird, and it is only getting stranger. Lily suddenly has an amazing gift that really is borderline dangerous- and Merrick is going insane with worry for Sherry.

When Daniel, a lighter, shows up no one really knows what to do with him. He can feel, and think- but how can they trust a lighter after all that has happened
The action and trouble for Sherry keep on coming! I'm very glad to say that Catalyst was even better, I liked a lot that this book had many points of view from different characters. It was really great to be able to see things from one point to another and know much more, especially considering that Collide started with only Merrick and Sherry. The novels slowly started to incorporate the supporting characters even more and more until they all got their own spotlight.

In Catalyst There was Jeff
Catalyst is the third installment in the Collide series by Shelly Crane. Going into this book I thought this was the last in the series but I was utterly proved wrong by the bit of a cliffhanger at the end. Oh Shelly Crane, what are you doing to me?!?!

At the end of the second book, Sherry has been taken captive by the Lighters for interrogation. Now her “family” must try to save her (yet again.) By doing so they will be introducing new characters into their lives, some good, some not so good.

Kayla (Ramblings of a Book Junkie)
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Oh this book was great! The beginning starts off action packed and picks up directly where Uprising left off. You could feel the character's hurt, torture, and love throughout this book which made it more realistic which is hard to do with a dystopia or paranormal book. There were so many twists and turns throughout this book and characters I enjoyed and some I didn't...

As always my favorites were Sherry, Merrick, Jeff, Marissa, Ryan, Kate, Pa
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I wasn't expecting anything that happened in this book...

Once again I have read a great and awesome book by the lovely Shelly Crane. Catalyst was a very emotional book for me than the other books in the Collide series. This book deals a lot with getting into relationships, and also keeping them. I really loved all the new relationships, realizations, and growth in this book. The story overall has gotten to the beginning of the overall
Talk about action packed, the action was non-stop in this book. The bunker bandits could not catch a break, as soon as a battle ends another begins. The books starts off where Uprising left off, straight into a rescue to get Sherry back. Yes, Sherry is still a magnet for trouble which I've come to believe there is no avoiding. She wants to do whatever she can to protect her family but Merrick won't let her out of fear for her safety. Even though she's not bad ass chick I think she doesn't do too ...more
Jackie -Sated Faery
Wow - that was intense! I love this little band of rebels, including all the newcomers they continue to add. They go through so much pain and so much loss but remain strong through it all. Sherry & Merrick do such a wonderful job of holding their little family together. Sometimes their love is the only thing that gets them through it all; it is such a strong, powerful, consuming love that it makes my heart ache for them when they are apart. Others are beginning to find love in the middle of ...more
There really are not words to describe how wonderful this series is. So refreshing in the other things that are currently out there. I forgot how much I love this series until I began my re-read to prepare for Catalyst.

Catalyst is amazing in the fact that there is never a dull moment for this bunker family. You truly can come to love each of the characters and what they are going through. Also it makes you wonder how much they will have to go through to hopefully one day have a happy ending. Hi
Stefan Eveline
The love between Merrick and Sherry it's stronger and sweet.Merrick is a little insecure but Sherry is there to remind him that she loves him with all her heart he is her man her soul mate and her husband.
In this book Lily started showing signs of her gift but Merrick and Sherry is there to help her and to protect her. Merrick Lily and Sherry are a beautiful family
Another beautiful couple is Danny and Celeste because they love each other and they always are together, they are a good team when t
NO! It seriously didn't just end like that! AHHHHH!!!!!

This book was the best out of the three so far in this series. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time with everything that happened with these people. Seriously, Shelly, where you do come up with this stuff? I couldn't even take a breath so much was going on and happening. Your characters had it right when they kept asking how much more could they take, I wasn't sure I could take anymore either, lol. I'm seriously dying for the next boo
3.5 Stars -

They keep getting a little better each book:) You can tell we're building to the climax and end of it all, which I'm anxious to see how this all plays out. The author has woven quite the complex web, and it's interesting to see how it will all become untangled.

The self-sacrificing and need to protect, can't live without debacle continued, and unfortunately it carried over into our other characters as we started to see chapters switch perspective. I enjoyed that the author took this
I want to read this now! Can't wait!!

I finished this last night and am still in just complete shock over the ending!! I went into this book thinking that this was the last book in the series but judging by the way this book ended there has got to be more...and that thrills me!! Shelly Crane is one of my favorite authors and I have read all of her books but I have to say that the Collide series is my favorite!
Lenore Kosinski
Well, if you're on the 3rd book, you gotta know you're sucked right in, so are the reviews even relevant anymore? I mean, could you really not read the rest? Might go down to 4.5 stars, but can't decide once I get this far in a series unless there is something really bad. At least the cliffhanger wasn't as bad as I was expecting. Love the characters, love the world....looking forward to more.
Ellen Ramey
As I told her myself, Shelly Crane has become an evil literary temptress! With this third (and hands down best installment of the series) Crane slowly reveals much more is going on than anyone realizes. Telling the story through chapter narratives from several characters is a stroke of genius! Get the next one finished soon, Shelly. or I may have to hex your Kindle:)
OMG I can't help but think this would be an amazing movie if it were done right. I can't really explain the excitement of these books and what an incredible story and plot Shelly Crane has created. Again lots of new twists and turns which make for an explosive 3rd book and I am swiftly moving on to the final instalment to see how it all concludes. Great read.
What a cliff hanger!!! I cried and laughed a lot throughout the book. Shelly does her characters justice again. I like the slight deviation away from Sherry and Merrick to focus on the other characters and their developing relationships. All in all Loved It.. Crushed by the cliffhanger ending tho
Chansiri Sirimongkhoune
Holy wow...this book did not disappoint. It is not called Catalyst for nothing. I loved that this time around there were other points of view. I especially enjoyed the new characters in this book!!! Gosh can not wait for the next book!!!
Another great one by Shelly Crane! The third book in the series has a lot more action which I truly loved. It was hard to put down, and I CANNOT believe the ending. I am so mad at Shelly for leaving me hanging like that. Fabulous!
I absolutely love this series and the characters that Shelly Crane has created and keeps introducing with each book. Richly written and very entertaining.
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Collide (4 books)
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