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The Field

(The Catalysts #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Eric Horton has been having disturbing nightmares of explosions and fire and someone screaming. The dreams keep him up at night, but during the day, as a goalkeeper on his high school's varsity soccer team, he has been unbeatable, saving shot after shot with what feels like a supernatural awareness of where the ball is headed. He also shares an uncommonly strong connection ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Brown Books Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2013)
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-to-review, 2019
This book actually surprised me because sometimes sci-fi/paranormal books are hit and miss with me.  But this story of a young man's ability to absorb the energy around him and see or sense things intrigued me.  Since this is a YA book, it wouldn't be complete without the usual teenage drama and young love.

This story follows Eric, an up and coming goalie for the high school he attends.  He has a younger sister and brother with whom he has a good relationship.  Actually, he has a good relationshi
Lili  Marcus
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is actually pretty good. :)
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
A fun book about soccer and tapping into hidden abilities. Eric makes the high school Varsity team as a goalie. He is able to predict where the ball will end up which really puts him on his game. He also meets the new girl, Renee, an exchange student from France, who he feels connected to. When Eric's dreams begin to haunt him and his best friend turns against him, he is left feeling hopeless and not connected. Can he tap back into the zone and get his life back in order?

You don't have to be a f
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-copies
The plot revolves around a high school student Eric Horton of the Monroe High school. He is on the soccer team as the goal keeper. The story starts with Eric been selected for the Varsity Team and becoming friends with his new classmate Renee. She is a transfer from France and her father is a scientist as well as a guest lecturer in their school.

The story then move forwards to what Renee’s father is up-to. He is doing experiments with the Dark Energy and Dark Matter and connecting it with The Un
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been a long week, and this book really was what saved me this weekend. I've had a pretty crazy busy November and December isn't looking much less busy though I do very much look forward to a week of vacation around the holiday season. I haven't had time off like that, well, ever. So, YAY time to read! I felt rushed reading The Field, and was so happy that the lovely Emlyn gave me some extra time to post my review. It's the first time I've missed a date for one of my tours, and I feel real ...more
Jewel Hart
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Field by Tracy Richardson is an imaginative, engaging read about soccer, teenage angst, science and the supernatural. Readers will revel in this one-of-a-kind story.

Eric Horton is an exceptional soccer player and goalie. He has the ability to perceive where the ball is heading and is able to block it with uncanny accuracy. Eventually, he begins to question and perceive that this ability could be coming from a supernatural source. He is a good student and takes an AP class in Environmental Sc
Amy Shannon
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Grand mix of genre and plot lines

Richardson pens a great story in The Field, which is written for the YA reader, but I enjoyed it as well. I haven't read anything from this author before, and I really enjoyed this story. The characters were relatable and very well-developed. This story includes soccer, but also characters that have more than normal abilities. The author's writing style is works for this story, and brings the stories to life. Mixing science with sci-fi, and mixing in the family a
Aidan Gibson
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Eric Horton is not your typical high school athlete. He seems to know things before they happen, to sense things he can't see. Will Eric's work with a renown physicist visiting from France help him tap into these abilities? Is Eric falling in love with the physicist's daughter, Renee, a beautiful young artist? And Can Eric find a way to help his old friend and team mate Will as he starts to make bad choices and the friendship fractures.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the science and
Ella James
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. I read the Chick Lit Cafe review for this book and bought it and it is as good as they said it would be. A must read - for sure.
Mike Taylor
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun read. Interesting combination of current cosmology and philosophy.
R3id Libby
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a good summer read, and you may very well find yourself reading several chapters at a time. I finished the book in about a week; the plot is easy to follow, the characters relatable, and each word positively absorbing.
Whether you're on the soccer field with Eric and Will during each thrilling play, or on top of the mysterious rock watching the stars with Eric and Renee, or just kidding around with Cole, (with whom I feel a deep emotional resonance,) every scene is at once thrilling
Sandra Stiles
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. This book starts out with Eric and his best friend Will trying out for the soccer team. Eric has an uncanny ability as the goalie of knowing just where the ball is going to go. He doesn’t understand why he gets these feelings, he just accepts them. He and his best friend are both taking an AP science class. This is where he meets Rene, the new student and learns that her father, a French scientist is going to guest teach some classes and offer an internship. After h ...more
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Field" by Tracy Richardson is a first-reads due out in October of 2013, and it is an amazing combination of a clean cut, coming of age soccer athlete with a hint of a precognition type trait mixed in with educational science, scietific experimentation based in factual past practices mostly during war times, and a little magic and mysticism all rolled into one.

Eric can ofter see what move is coming in his position of soccer goalkeeper and save the day for his team. He also falls for the new
Jennifer Smith
First of all, I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I hate writing bad review because it makes me feel like a horrible person, but I won this book in a First Reads giveaway so I feel obligated to review it. I did not like this book at all. It was so boring that I really struggled to finish it. The teenagers in the book were very unrealistic and the author completely failed at making them sound like real teenagers. She tried way too hard to add a bunch of cool phrases to the teenage
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was a fun book that has soccer and hidden abilities which sound like they won’t work well together but it does. Eric makes the varsity soccer team as a goalie and with his hidden ability he can tell where the ball is going to go and can block it every time. He also falls for the new girl Rene so everything seems to be going his way. That is until his dreams start to haunt him and his best friend turns against him can Eric get back on his game and make everything right again.

I am a huge soc
Gina R Mitchell
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
The Field by Tracy Richardson is a wonderful young-adult novel. However, I truly don’t believe this story is only for young adults. I found it highly entertaining and I am far from young.

The storyline has a lot of soccer and science in it. You don’t have to be knowledgeable in either to enjoy The Field. The author captures the feelings of high schoolers very well. I bet we can all remember those days of angst, indecision, joy, and every other emotion that encompasses the passage from youth to a
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book revolves around a high school student Eric Horton of the Monroe High school. He is on the soccer team as a goal keeper. He has been selected for the varsity team and became friends with his new classmate Renee. ERIC got quite influenced by the work Renee's father used to do.
The thing that I didn't like about the book is the suspense part. It could have been more better and make the story more interesting to read.
The characters portrayed are well developed. The characters, you can actua
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked it. Imagine reliving your childhood and taking over the world together. But sometimes life throws curveballs at you and the best thing one can do is be yourself and hold on tight for the ride.
There's another important and special thing about the protagonist, he is very intuitive. He can literally give his thoughts wings. That part of the story really caught my attention, many a times I guess how a story ends. So color me very happy, I am uber cool special. Now all I need to do is
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: High School
The Field can be considered a form of science fiction. The author, a biology major, includes environmental issues and metaphysics in her story. Eric, the protagonist, can tell what others may be thinking, which can help him excel at his goalie position in his high school soccer team. He becomes involved with a collective energy experiment being conducted by a visiting scientist. Although he gets bothered by his abilities, he works things out by discussing events with his family and girlfriend Re ...more
Muskaan Premchandani
Genre: Mystery/ YA

A love story that revolves around Eric Horton, plays the role of protagonist, a football lover, a junior high schooler, and a mediocre student who loves studying about Environmental- Energy Field; Renee, a new student that has come to his class. Will and Cole are two of Eric's friend and in same class.

This book is quite intriguing, as it did not end the way I expected. Every chapter had a different perspective on building connections, maintaining and balancing relationships wi
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am not an expert in this genre but thought the author did an excellent job!! Already have shared the book with my nieces and nephews. I was able to find a few copies but a release is scheduled for April.
Soccer, science, friendship, and romance make this a book any gender and readers from teens to adults could enjoy. Eric Horton is the kind of boy you want your daughter to date.
Ann Jones
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sports, science, paranormal activity and strong realistic teenage characters, male and female. There is nothing not to like about this book.
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great story to explain a theory that might seem a little out there to some. Very well written. The characters were very relatable and interesting. I enjoyed the book very much.
Uday Singh
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The sci-fi genre is something that keeps surprising me with unexpected plots and I guess, that’s the best thing about it. This book was no exception to that fact.

Let’s save the details for later and start with the plot in which we get to follow the story of Eric Horton, he is in high school and has made to the football/soccer team, as a goalie. He is joined by his companions Will and Cole. Then there’s finally Renee, another understudy that has come to America with her father who’s a researcher.
Sifa Poulton
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting but takes a while to become an urban fantasy. Much of the book is just a contemporary - guy into football and trying to get with a girl
Oct 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book follows around Eric Horton. He is a junior in high school and has made the varsity soccer team, as one of two goalies. Eric seems to be a pretty average student, though he does take a couple AP classes, one being AP Environmental Science. His friends Will and Cole are also in this class. This class is also where he meets Renee, a new student that has come to America with her scientist father. This girl becomes Eric’s love interest throughout t
Mar 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writer Person

I find it funny how I read two soccer books back-to-back. Right after The Romeo Club, I jumped right into this one. I mention this because I was in the right sort of mind for the soccer references. It's not that I have anything against soccer, it's just that I personally haven't played in so long, I sort of forget what it's like. But now I'm digressing.

What I meant to get at was this: I've never seen quite a combination like this. A mix of soccer, physics, and.... a French girl. I n
Kimber Wheaton
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars

The Field is an interesting YA read that's rather difficult to classify. It's part paranormal, part science. There's a bit of mystery and some romance. One thing I liked about this novel is that it's so different from other books I've read. Most YA authors don't explore science, much less physics. Some theoretical physics theories seem so fantastic, especially things like the universal consciousness (Ouch! Don't hit m
Kelly Hager
In the author bio at the end of the book, it says that Tracy Richardson loved A Wrinkle in Time. That's completely obvious when you read the book. Thematically, it's not science fiction per se (although there are elements of that) but there is such a love of science going through this book that I think anyone who loves that subject will absolutely adore this book. (It will also help if readers love soccer.)

I am not huge on science or soccer, but the premise of this book made me absolutely want t
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Tracy Richardson lives in Indianapolis and spends her free time reading - almost any genre, cooking, dancing and making things - usually from yarn or fabric.

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