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Catalyst

by Lydia Kang

ISBN: 9780803740938
ANNOTATION:
Zel, Delia, and the rest of the genetic outcasts they met in Control find themselves in a race for survival after their safe house is attacked by officers carrying neural guns. But Zel starts hearing Cy speaking to her in her head, and she veers off plan in order to search for him. What she finds is not what she expected.
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ISBN: 9780803740938
ANNOTATION:
Zel, Delia, and the rest of the genetic outcasts they met in Control find themselves in a race for survival after their safe house is attacked by officers carrying neural guns. But Zel starts hearing Cy speaking to her in her head, and she veers off plan in order to search for him. What she finds is not what she expected.

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Zel, Delia, and the rest of the genetic outcasts they met in Control find themselves in a race for survival after their safe house is attacked by officers carrying neural guns. But Zel starts hearing Cy speaking to her in her head, and she veers off plan in order to search for him. What she finds is not what she expected.

Publisher Description

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 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, the boy who traded himself for her sister's safety. And when she veers off plan in order to search for him, what she finds is not what she expected. There's more to their genetic mutations than they ever imagined...aspects that make them wonder if they might be accepted by the outside world after all.

Author Biography

Lydia Kang is a doctor who decided writing was maybe just as much fun as medicine, so, now she does both. She is the author of Control and Catalsyt. She lives with her husband and three children in Omaha, Nebraska.

Review

"Engrossing . . . [a] thought-provoking story."--Kirkus Reviews "Engrossing . . . [a] thought-provoking story."--Kirkus "Kang packs her plot with suspense and surprises as she explores good, evil, self-sacrifice, ambition, and what it means to be human."--VOYA

"Fans of Control will be on edge with this electrifying followup. . . packed with action, breathtaking betrayals and heated romance. If you love sci-fi and strong female protagonists, this book is for you!"--RT Book Reviews

Praise for Control "Control, with its mix of legitimate science and inventive fantasy, is unforgettable for all the right reasons."--VOYA

"Imaginative cultural details (an ecstasy-like drug carried by sound) and impressive specificity regarding genetics. The use of mutants alone is fairly unique, making this a smart go-to for fans of Megan Shepherd's The Madman's Daughter."--Booklist

"Control successfully integrates science, adventure, and romance into one unforgettable read. [It] will keep you wanting more until the jaw-dropping ending."--RT Book Reviews, Top Pick

"Steamy, romantic. . .scrupulous attention to scientific detail adds authenticity."--Kirkus Reviews

"A sweet, edgy romance rounds out this smart, futuristic medical thriller."--Publishers Weekly

"Surprising twists, tender romance, and a fierce, smart protagonist make for a winning formula in Kang's debut. CONTROL is tautly woven and breathlessly delivered--a thrilling read!"--Jessica Khoury, author of Origin

"Control blew me away, from the depth and richness of this fascinating, disturbing vision of the future--and all its technologies--to the twists and turns and suspense that made for a thrilling ride. Zel is as authentic a character as I've read in a very long time. Highly recommended."--James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner

"Kang has skillfully blended a coming-of-age, dystopia YA fiction, and some heavy duty genetics. . . Kang is a physician in real life and her science is impressive."--Library Media Connection "Engrossing...[a] thought-provoking story." "Kirkus" "Kang packs her plot with suspense and surprises as she explores good, evil, self-sacrifice, ambition, and what it means to be human." "VOYA" "Fans of "Control "will be on edge with this electrifying followup. . . packed with action, breathtaking betrayals and heated romance. If you love sci-fi and strong female protagonists, this book is for you!" RT Book Reviews Praise for "Control" "Control, with its mix of legitimate science and inventive fantasy, is unforgettable for all the right reasons." "VOYA" "Imaginative cultural details (an ecstasy-like drug carried by sound) and impressive specificity regarding genetics. The use of mutants alone is fairly unique, making this a smart go-to for fans of Megan Shepherd's The Madman's Daughter." "Booklist" "Control successfully integrates science, adventure, and romance into one unforgettable read. [It] will keep you wanting more until the jaw-dropping ending." RT Book Reviews, Top Pick "Steamy, romantic. . .scrupulous attention to scientific detail adds authenticity." "Kirkus Reviews" "A sweet, edgy romance rounds out this smart, futuristic medical thriller." "Publishers Weekly" "Surprising twists, tender romance, and a fierce, smart protagonist make for a winning formula in Kang's debut. CONTROL is tautly woven and breathlessly delivered--a thrilling read!" Jessica Khoury, author of "Origin" "Control blew me away, from the depth and richness of this fascinating, disturbing vision of the future and all its technologies to the twists and turns and suspense that made for a thrilling ride. Zel is as authentic a character as I've read in a very long time. Highly recommended." James Dashner, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Maze Runner" "Kang has skillfully blended a coming-of-age, dystopia YA fiction, and some heavy duty genetics. . . Kang is a physician in real life and her science is impressive." Library Media Connection" "Engrossing . . . [a] thought-provoking story."--"Kirkus" "Kang packs her plot with suspense and surprises as she explores good, evil, self-sacrifice, ambition, and what it means to be human."--"VOYA" "Fans of "Control "will be on edge with this electrifying followup. . . packed with action, breathtaking betrayals and heated romance. If you love sci-fi and strong female protagonists, this book is for you!"--RT Book Reviews Praise for "Control" "[It] will keep you wanting more until the jaw-dropping ending."--RT Book Reviews, Top Pick "Unforgettable for all the right reasons."--"VOYA" "A sweet, edgy romance rounds out this smart, futuristic medical thriller."--"PW" "Control blew me away...Zel is as authentic a character as I've read in a very long time. Highly recommended."--James Dashner, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Maze Runner" Praise for "Control" "[It] will keep you wanting more until the jaw-dropping ending."--RT Book Reviews, Top Pick "Unforgettable for all the right reasons."--"VOYA" "A sweet, edgy romance rounds out this smart, futuristic medical thriller."--"PW" "Control blew me away...Zel is as authentic a character as I've read in a very long time. Highly recommended."-- James Dashner, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Maze Runner" Praise for "Control"

"[It] will keep you wanting more until the jaw-dropping ending."--RT Book Reviews, Top Pick

"Unforgettable for all the right reasons."--"VOYA"

"A sweet, edgy romance rounds out this smart, futuristic medical thriller."--"PW"

"Control blew me away...Zel is as authentic a character as I've read in a very long time. Highly recommended."-- James Dashner, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Maze Runner"

Review Quote

Praise for Control : "[It] will keep you wanting more until the jaw-dropping ending."--RT Book Reviews, Top Pick "Unforgettable for all the right reasons."-- VOYA "A sweet, edgy romance rounds out this smart, futuristic medical thriller."-- PW "Control blew me away...Zel is as authentic a character as I've read in a very long time. Highly recommended."-- James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner

Excerpt from Book

PROLOGUE CALIFORNIA SENATOR ALEXANDER MILFORD IS DEAD AT 64 9.6.2151 (STATES NEWS PRESS)--Alexander Milford, Senator from the State of California for twenty years, died Sunday morning. Senator Milford had been diagnosed with cancer only three days before his death, after passing a health screening one month earlier. Test results have strongly suggested a biological attack, and a subsequent homicide investigation has been opened. "Preliminary reports show that foreign, altered DNA was found in the senator''s tissue samples," said Dr. Meerhoven, Chief Pathologist at Sacramento''s state hospital. "Every cell type in his body had become cancerous." Senator Milford spent the last few years of his life rallying against HGM 2098, which outlaws genetic manipulation of human DNA. While not a direct proponent of the practice of genetic manipulation, his concern was for the human results of such experimentation. Others, however, have strongly disagreed. "Human DNA must remain pure," said Dr. Meerhoven, a vocal advocate for HGM 2098. "Those carrying aberrant DNA--who are capable of poisoning the gene pool as they did with Senator Milford--cannot be allowed to exist. We will find the source of this altered DNA. We will find this person and others like them. And we will purge them to protect our society." State lawmakers are already pushing for amendments to strengthen the law, calling for mandatory population screening to prevent possible deaths. Quarantines are already being prepared in every State. "There will be no judge or jury. By federal law, anyone with artificially altered DNA should not, and cannot, exist," said a U.S. marshall at a CDC press conference. Many elected officials are now having their own blood tested for signs of the abnormal DNA. Thousands of citizens across the States have lined up at local clinics for testing, and orders for CompuDocs CancerClean screening programs have risen exponentially. CHAPTER 1 ALONE IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD. Of course, no one in our crazy makeshift family at Carus House will ever admit this, especially while setting up for our nightly slumber party. "Hex, get your Bomb Bed out of my corner." Vera is stomping around our common room, a blur of gesticulating green arms. Blankets and pillows are piled everywhere. "Stop calling it that." Hex pushes his bedding back against the glass wall. He likes to sleep with his four arms splayed out, so he laid an extra mattress across the top of another and piled on countless pillows, giving it a mushroom-cloud shape. Hence "the Bomb Bed." It''s also a convenient reference to the fact that Hex gets bomb-tastically gassy after dinner from Vera''s fiber-rich meals. "Anyway, you don''t even need to sleep in here. The temperature in your room is perfect," he says, dodging a swipe of her green hand. Vera and her skin-embedded chloroplasts thrive in warmer temperatures, yet she loudly complains about her hot room anyway. But she just doesn''t want to be alone. Same as the rest of us. Since we lost Cy over a year ago, everyone finds all sorts of reasons to be in each other''s presence, as if the world and our fear are cramming us closer every day. Dyl doesn''t complain when I insist on brushing her hair before bed. For a whole hour. It''s a miracle she has any hair left. And I say nothing when she and Ana sit reading on the floor by me, each leaning on one of my legs, fixing me in place while I work on my e-tablet. My legs get all hot and claustrophobic when they do that, but I can''t bring myself to tell them. We''ve been sleeping in the common room because the environmental controls have stopped working in parts of Carus House. Our home is growing decrepit, in bits and pieces. Wilbert, who had all the know-how for fixing things, went back to Aureus. And after our battle in the junkyards last year, we lost access to parts and equipment anyway. Even before the assassination of her senator uncle, Marka''s allowances outside Carus were limited. Were it not for Vera''s wicked gardening skills, we''d have gone hungry a long time ago. Even so, there''s a clock ticking down in Carus. We can feel it in our bones. The common room is one of the only rooms left that doesn''t feel like Antarctica or the Sahara all the time. We could spread out to different corners of the room. It''s big enough. But instead, we end up sleeping like a big egg yolk in the middle, within arm''s reach of one another. In the middle of the night, I sacrifice sleep to simply watch them, hugging my arms to myself. Savoring the hours we have together. I watch Hex and Vera hold hands all night long. Ana curls into Dyl''s arms, even though Ana''s the tall one. It pains me that Cy can''t witness this sweet evolution of our family. Marka, the only adult at Carus, sleeps at the center of our human galaxy. She takes turns resting with her hand on Hex''s ankle or Ana''s wrist, as if afraid they''ll disappear before dawn. Last night, when her blind search for my hand came up empty, she found me sitting against the glass wall. She came over and started combing her fingers through my frizzled hair. I''d have stayed there in silence for hours, but Marka knows when I''m playing chicken. She always knows. "You miss Cy," she whispered, matter-of-fact. "I''m fine." Marka wrapped her arms around me. "You''re a lousy liar." And that''s when I cried. No one brings him up anymore, and I don''t talk about him. I don''t want to be a downer, so every day I wear my plastic happiness like a suffocating, form-fitted skin with no cracks. It''s been over a year since he sacrificed himself to Aureus, so that they''d let Dyl go and take him instead. Aureus is like the opposite of Carus House: Instead of being a safe house, it''s an exploitation factory--if you are traited. They''d mistakenly abducted my sister looking for my valuable longevity trait, but wouldn''t let her go for free. The price was Cy. His regeneration trait is as valuable as mine. Cy''s scent was gradually swept out by the vents, replaced by the unlovely, sticky air of the State of Neia. I used to burrow my nose into his worn-out shirts, knowing that every breath I took whisked him away. "Earth to Zel!" Vera hollers at me, snapping me out of my reverie. I realize I''ve been sitting at the common room table, staring into space like a neurodrug junkie. I was supposed to help Hex and Vera rearrange the bedding, but they''ve stopped fighting and it''s all done already. "I''m so sorry, what?" I say blankly. "What is with you, Quahog ? Dyl''s been calling you. Didn''t you hear?" Vera''s using her pet name for me. She thinks it''s adorable to compare me and my longevity trait with a clam that can live over four hundred years. Truth is, I try to forget I even have a longevity trait. Because it will mean that I''ll outlive everyone I love. "Zelia, I said, can you come to the lab please?" Dyl speaks to me through the walls, the transmission crackling with static. These days she''s in the lab all the time, without me. Her virtual professor, a ringer for Marka, has stepped in to teach Dyl when I haven''t had the time. Hex has lifted Vera off the floor with her legs bicycling helplessly in the air. She''s squealing and laughing, trying to escape his masterful hugging technique. "It''s no use. You shall never defeat me!" he yells triumphantly. "All right! You win, insect." Her face is that brownish color that shows she''s blushing through her green skin. I know the make-out session is about to happen, so I scurry out of the room, protective of their time together. I head for the door. Before I exit, something catches my arm. It''s like a soft hand, but no one is there. It''s Ana, Cy''s sister. I''m used to her ghostly touch from afar by now. Usually, she''ll also whisper in my ear from another floor entirely, but this time she says nothing. Maybe she''s with Marka in her bedroom. Lately Marka''s been focused on the holographic screen in her room, absorbing every detail about her uncle''s death. Senator Milford brought her to safety and built Carus House for her. He thought she was a gift to the world and deserved to live, and fought HGM 2098 in public. And now he''s gone. We''ve all taken turns bringing her food because she''s losing weight from stress. The silence in that room has been frightening, bigger than the room and Carus itself. We know she''s not just in mourning. Ever since I took Marka''s bionic-smell-enhancing pills last year, I''ve had a lingering, watered-down sense about people I hadn''t had before. Dad had warned me about long-term side effects of pharmaceuticals, and Marka''s scent trait in pill form was no ordinary drug. Now when she''s nearby, I can faintly detect a sharp, metallic scent. Fear. The transport is humid and warm, and it gets stuck on the third floor, though Dyl''s lab is on the fourth. I curse and kick the walls. Another casualty of the failing muscle and sinew of Carus. After a lot of huffing and two broken nails, I pry open the circuit board and override the door locks, then take the stairs to the lab. Ana is in her pajamas, perched on a stool with a lit Bunsen burner before her. The yellow-and-blue flame wobbles when I approach. I''m making beasts, Ana says in my head, waving her hands at a collection of tiny glass animals spread out in a menagerie. Dragons, unicorns, and mermaids, among other things. They aren''t perfect. Pointy glass juts out from odd angles of each one. Only if you blur your eyes can you see the creature it''s meant to be. Dyl walks over, all gangly in a pair of shorts and faded T-shirt topped with an oversized lab coat. Her hands come to rest on her hips. I hang my

Product Details

Author
Lydia Kang
Pages
400
Publisher
Penguin Putnam Inc
Year
2015
ISBN-10
080374093X
ISBN-13
9780803740938
Format
Hardcover
Short Title
CATALYST
Language
English
Media
Book
Audience Age
12-17
Country of Publication
United States
Publication Date
2015-04-10
Audience
Children/Juvenile
Series
Control Duology