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(Control #2)

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In the past year Zel lost her father, the boy she loves, her safety, and any future she might have imagined for herself. Now she, her sister, and the band of genetic outcasts they've come to call their family are forced on the run when their safe house is attacked by men with neural guns. But on the way to a rumored haven in Chicago, Zel hears something--a whisper from Cy, ...more
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published March 24th 2015 by Kathy Dawson Books (Penguin)
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Alyssa
Jun 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Catalyst by Lydia Kang
Book Two of the Control series
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Publication Date: March 24, 2015
Rating: 3 stars
Source: ARC sent by a friend (thank you, Lili!)

Summary (from Goodreads):

For fans of Uglies and The Maze Runner comes a complex, thrill-filled love story that will make you question exactly what it means to be human

In the past year Zel lost her father, the boy she loves, her safety, and any future she might have imagined for
...more
Lucy
Mar 28, 2014 marked it as to-read
FUCK COVER CHANGES. EVERY. GOD. DAMN. TIME.

I am not buying this. I don't support publishers who pull this shit on me. Fuck you.
...more
Giselle
A finished copy was provided by an agency for review.

What can I say about this sequel except that it pretty much made me think about the future and the policies society takes on genetic mutations. It's a future that could happen, and I couldn't help but wonder if this is way it could go.

There's just so much science can do, but when you're reading a fictional story about people that are being born with gifts and mutations, all one would think is X-Men right? And that's what I felt like, but at th
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Alexa
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Control was one of my best reads of the year in 2013, and is still one of my favorite books to date. It was probably the very first debut I have ever truly anticipated with baited breath, not knowing whether it'd be good or not. So, suffice it to say that this duology holds a special place in my heart.

After the disaster that was Unleashed which I had just read a day ago, I can't tell you pleased and satisfied this sequel made me. It contained none of the shenanigans that one had, and delivere
...more
Emmy Lauren
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
WHAT THE FLIP STUPID COVER CHANGES I LOVED THE COVER OF CONTROL.

Also I have a review of this book on my YouTube channel for more thoughts. Or I will as of April
Natasha (books_n_dreams)
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
So being honest this book when in a direction I completely did not see coming, but that’s good, because everything that did happen had my undivided attention. I couldn’t put this book down no matter how hard I tried haha. Catalyst is filled with plot twists, tons of action, romance, and lots more. The entire time I was reading this book my emotions were all over the place, in the beginning I kept going what the heck is going on, what are they gonna do, wait what’s gonna happen if they take this ...more
Rachel
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, arc
CATALYST is the action-packed, suspenseful and incredibly exciting follow-up to Lydia Kang’s CONTROL that picks up over a year later, takes readers to new settings, introduces new characters, and promises even greater threats. New abilities will be revealed, new alliances will be made, and new friendships will be forged in this absolutely riveting sequel.

Neia hasn’t been the same for Zelia Benten since Cy’s sacrifice. As happy as she is that her sister Dyl is safe with her in Carus House, she ca
...more
Meredith
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Initially, I was reluctant to read Catalyst. I wasn’t a huge fan of Control (which was disappointing, since I had hoped to love it!) and it took me a few weeks before I decided I was ready to pick up Catalyst. Though it wasn’t without its faults, I definitely enjoyed the plot, connected more with the characters and felt satisfied with the ending.

Zelia ended up having a lot of character growth in the end, which was nice since she didn’t have too much growth in Control. She had a lot of personal r
...more
Tonya Kuper
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An action-packed, roller-coaster of a conclusion to CONTROL. Loved it!
Chandra
Overall it was a good second book. The ending had closure, but for me it needed more. I still enjoyed watching Zel on her journey but I still have so many unanswered questions.
Tez
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When they weren't on the run, it was kind of like a futuristic Gothic - love that! ...more
Anna Bubolz
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I really liked this book because I thought it was very interesting. I did not like how I did not understand what was going on at first, but I think that was because I read this book first instead of the first book. I liked how the author had a lot happen during the whole book and how the book felt like a very quick read.

Plot
This book is about a girl named Zelia. She and her friends have genetic mutations.Her friends are forced to run away from the police because the government wants to ki
...more
Liwayway
This sequel to "Control" was marvelous in a very thought-provoking way. Even though the plot and the language smack of things sci-fi and technical, the overall message is clear. The human race continues to segregate and harm that which we don't understand... but there is still hope. People have been born into the world with features and abilities - whether perceived as freakish or brilliant - that set them apart from "normal" human beings. They are treated like things, animals, dangerous creatur ...more
Gillian
Aug 07, 2014 marked it as to-read
I cannot wait to read this!!!!! I was in love with the first book!
Hannah
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing and wonderful and everything I had hoped for!!!
Rhea Michelle Caballero
2015!???????????!?!?!
Lydia Kang, why do you torture me so...????????????????
I need more Cy!!!!!
Redd Becker
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kang explores friendship, forgiveness, family and ethics in this dystopian novel. There are lots of characters to track but most are well developed and are used effectively to keep the story moving. Kang’s medical background added believability and depth to the science aspects of this story.

Catalyst is an science fiction-action adventure. Genetically altered humans are hunted for extermination by some, while others use the mutants for financial gain. The mutants, mostly teenagers, are considere
...more
Wendy
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Catalyst" the exciting and gripping sequel to "Control" begins a year after Cyrad (Cy) William traded his life to SunAj for Zelia Benten and her sister Dylia's freedom. When Carus House is attacked by armoured police Zel and her family of genetic outcasts flee to a rumoured safe haven in Chicago. On the run with Caliga a former enemy, Zelia hears the whispered voice of Cy as she gets closer to the border. Determined to follow her gut feeling that he survived the assault on Aureus House, she's s ...more
Lynne
Dec 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amber
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-read
It's been a really long time since I read the final book in a series and felt satisfied when it was all done. Sure, there's the sadness of it being over – I hate when things end - especially things I enjoyed as much as the CONTROL Series – but I'm…I'm…okay. I know I might not sound real convincing, but I'm good, I promise.

Lyida Kang takes you on an exhaustive emotional journey in CATALYST. Among the loops on the emotional roller coaster would be the relationships. Both friendship and romantic, n
...more
Mickala
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow great ending to a great story! I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. After finding out that this trilogy was changed to a 2 book series I was scared I wouldn't be satisfied with how it concluded. I loved control it was a great science fiction book and could not wait for Catalyst. Lydia Kang answered all of our questions and gave us more action than was in the first book.

Zelia came into her self in this book, she was so strong, definitely a Chang from the start of contro
...more
Hope
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Just as riveting as the first! Absolutely loved Zelia and Cy in this along with every other Carus character! Although, I wish there was more Vera and Hex, I love those two! I highly recommend this series for anyone who is looking for a thrilling science fiction series! Lydia Kang is an amazing writer!
Kayla
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wish there was another book or perhaps a more developed ending. I'm happy with how things turned out but I wish we had more time in the end! I know that the book isn't only about Zelia and Cy but I wish we had more of their relationship in the book. I'm curious as to what is going to happen to them all and I'm sad that I won't get to find out. It's a bittersweet ending. ...more
Carrie
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
this whole book was a back and forth battle of
HOLY CRAP, everything is WRONG
YAY! It's better now!
Wait... Are you kidding me?! STOP IT
Oh yay!.......wait
(and repeat about a thousand times)
But I was really happy with the turnout
...more
Lupita
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had thought this story would turn into a series, and was somewhat disappointed to learn that this was the end of the story. That being said, I kinda liked that this was the end and it didnt drag on and on.
Alexandra
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Not much romance but still a good read.
MASH Library
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I agree with the reviews. If you like Maze Runner or Hunger Games, you'll like this one. I enjoyed it! ...more
Shannon (enchantedfiction)
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Ashley E
If you've read Control, I probably don't have to convince you to read Catalyst as well. Catalyst picks up a few months after Control. Carus has, having lost funding and protection, is falling apart at the seams. Cy is still trapped with Aureus, and worse yet, Aureus seems to have disappeared. Out of options, it's time for the kids and Marka to move to a new safe house... but first they have to cross the state line without getting caught.

Zelia has to come to terms with a lot of things in this boo
...more
K. VON VLECK
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Again book description is very misleading

It's going to be difficult to write any review without spoilers since the book jacket is so different than the actual story. Therefore,if you don't want to know anything other than the ridiculous description you see before purchase then do not read much.
In this sequel,the bad guys from book one aren't the bad guys anymore. In fact there is much more character development in this one especially Caligula and Blink have a lot to do in this one. There are new
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