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Caterpillar (The Metamorphosis Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kate Oliver
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Bronze Medal Winner- 2012 ForeWord Reviews Young Adult Book of the Year
                 
In a small college town in northern California, a lonely young man is working himself to the bone to solve a sixty-year-old problem ... a stranger with a will of iron and eyes the color of ice is searching for someone he can't identify ... and a girl who loves plants is about to grow roots of her own.

When Cara Gallagher's parents are transferred overseas again, she's off to spend her senior year of high school living with her sister, a graduate student at the famed McNair University. Cara, a girl with a passion for science and an indifference to people, hopes this move will be her first step in claiming the independence she craves. Cara has her future planned down to the letter: her college, her major, her career.

Then she saves Will Mallory's life, and both of their futures are completely rewritten.

The last years of Will's life have been spent shifting from one identity to the next, dodging the FBI, and trying desperately to find a way home. But Will's home is forty-four light years away, and to reach it he'll have to outwit the man who's hunting him--and leave behind the only love he's ever known.

Caterpillar is the thrilling start to Kate Oliver's Metamorphosis Trilogy.

See What Critics are Saying:

 "It has been a very long time since I had a book make me smile, cry, laugh, and feel the way this one did. ... I can't remember the last time I felt so much chemistry in words." --JennRenee Reads

"I did not know what to expect when I picked up this novel.  But I certainly did not expect to be wooed.  ... I have never found myself saying, 'I wish I was the girl in this book,' until now." --Kindred Dreamheart

"...such a great climax. ... It really grabbed me and kept me glued to my Kindle until the book was over. ... I would recommend this book to any YA fan!!!" --Every Free Chance Books

"I loved the deep, emotional connection between Cara and Will." --Storybook Escapes

"I normally do not like the whole sci-fi genre. The idea of other planets and other beings out there scares me a little. BUT this book was AMAZING." --Read-a-holicz


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"... a fine addition to general fiction collections, highly recommended." --Midwest Book Review

A beautifully written book. ... I loved the sister relationship between Cara and Liv.  -- Books to the Sky

Without a doubt, this was the most surprising book I've read all year. ... if, like me, you are a hopeless romantic, you will absolutely not be disappointed by Caterpillar. ... I think I fell in love with Will as much as Cara did.   -- Mandi Kaye Reads

... beautiful romance, drama, suspense, and humor all wrapped up into a Sci-Fi storyline. Cara and Will have a very special relationship that I have to have more of.  -- I Heart YA Books

What a read! Kate Oliver's beautiful writing had me laughing and crying. ... If you are hesitant to read a good science fiction story because you only read contemporary fiction...well, this may make you change your mind.  -- Kissed by Ink

Oh, how I enjoyed every minute of Kate Oliver's young adult debut, Caterpillar! It's one thing to be drawn in by its blurb: the hint of a very romantic story with a possibly tragic ending, and another to be so captivated by its lead characters that I'm already wishing for the next book in the series.  -- Lovey Dovey Books

From the very first chapter I was hooked ... It was incredible how at each turn I would still be surprised with some detail of the plotline.  --Epilogue Reviews

Caterpillar is one of those stories that will stay with you long after you have read it.  -- Diary of a Book Addict

I loved the characters, the story line, and the romance. ... This was a great read, and if you love romance, hot aliens, with some action and a little humor thrown in, then Caterpillar is well worth checking out.  -- Always YA at Heart

From the Back Cover

It was scary, realizing that there was so much of me that I'd never noticed before. It was like finding out my insides were full of dark matter--endless quantities of material I couldn't see, couldn't describe, but couldn't deny, either.

You can only detect dark matter because of the way it responds to gravity, making galaxies spin. It seemed like the dark matter in me was set spinning by Will. I was filled with wanting and needing and feeling, with all kinds of irrational debris that made me want to touch and be touched, and not just physically, either. It was like finding out the Cara that I thought I knew was only the tip of an enormous iceberg.

And it was even scarier because I hadn't wanted to choose him, hadn't wanted him to be the gravity that pulled me in. It was like something inside of me, something in that big vat of dark-Cara-matter, had chosen him all on its own.

That was the moment I knew I was going to let him break my heart.

Product Details

  • File Size: 624 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1879571005
  • Publisher: MAB Books (April 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SVC80O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,231 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.3 out of 5 stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, Exciting and Shining YA Debut! June 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books

Oh, how I enjoyed every minute of Kate Oliver's young adult debut, Caterpillar! It's one thing to be drawn in by its blurb: the hint of a very romantic story with a possibly tragic ending, and another to be so captivated by its lead characters that I'm already wishing for the next book in the series.

Cara Gallagher and Will Mallory were beautiful together. Both were troubled by loneliness and deep insecurities, but somehow they pulled together and cast aside all the self-inflicted darkness surrounding them. It was amazing to see their relationship transform from a casual friendship to a serious and cosmic relationship. Though there was mutual attraction in the first minutes of their meeting, Oliver doesn't write their story within the limits of 'insta-love'. I've come to think of their relationship as a sophisticated cuteness. Not too mushy or too intense, but just right.

The characters and story both felt authentic. Barring the strange beings from light-years away, while reading Caterpillar I felt as if I could just hop on a plane to California and join the action. Caterpillar has the ability to be a genuine fantasy novel and still feel realistic. Oliver built character in Cara, Will, and even Cara's sister, Liv. The smallest actions showed so much about them that added to the story's authenticity.

Caterpillar has so many attractive elements to draw readers from every corner of the universe. It's a fresh, exciting, and shining YA debut for Kate Oliver!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE...just love! June 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I did not know what to expect when I picked up this novel. But I certainly did not expect to be wooed. No sweeter words have ever been spoken and written as beautifully. I never dreamed the lifecycle of a caterpillar could be so poetic and yet this book is about so, so much more. This is a love story about girl meets alien. ....and fall in love.... an alien, with no physical form! Imagine that! Cara is from an international dysfunctional political family living her senior year with her college intern sister. The way the lovebirds journey into discovering LOVE is explored with a sense of innocence and wonder. I have never found myself saying, "I wish I was the girl in this book", until now. Will Mallory....*sigh*....you make my heart flutter! I didn't always agree with the actions of Cara. She was a bit naive and just plain stupid at times. Yet her humbleness was genuine and believable. When the plot was intense with action and secrets being revealed, it was super lovey dovey. That is not at all a complaint. Perhaps at a different time and place I would grumble about that tad bit, but this is written in matter that would have you craving more. I have never read an adult book or any book for that matter with the romance scale turned up this high and there not be anything sexually explicit. I need....no,no,no....I want more of this!

*Book provided for an honest review via tour stop. Tour Stop Courtesy of YA Bound Blog Tours!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Love Story!!! June 21, 2012
Format:Paperback
Caterpillar is a beautiful Sci-fi fantasy love story. Kate Oliver has a wonderful, creative mind when it comes to writing a unique storyline and heart-felt romance. Oliver also gives us an encouraging story with Cara messed up life. Caterpillar is the kind of forever love that I love to read, when two people who are hurting, lost and empty are meant to find each other to heal and complete one another...soulmates.

In two months Cara will be eighteen. Cara's dad who works for Foreign Service and has to move again overseas. Cara is allowed to live with her twenty-two year old sister Liv, who lives and goes to college in California. This is Cara's senior year of high school, and she can't wait for it to be over. High school has not been kind to Cara, but it's just one more horrible thing on Cara's list for her dysfunctional life. The first is her parents' bad marriage, and the second is her mother's anger and bitterness. The third was the jerk who took her fairy tale dreams life away. Cara used to believe in fairy tales, she used to believe in hers. When Cara saves Will and finds out his secret, Will becomes her knight in shining armor. She starts to believe in her happily ever after, but all fairy tales have an evil villain, and Cara and Will's is the FBI.

Cara and Will's romance is one that goes deeper than just the physical. Theirs is a forever love. Cara and Will are truly soulmates. I love the humor with Cara and Will's romance, but it also leaves me heart-broken for these two. I'm glad that there's going to be another book, because I don't think my heart can take it if Will can't find a way to fix his "poof problem''.

Caterpillar is romantic...beautiful romance, drama, suspense, and humor all wrapped up into a Sci-Fi storyline. Cara and Will have a very special relationship that I have to have more of. I recommend Caterpillar for all who love romance as much as I do.(
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eventually won me over - really sweet romance! June 21, 2012
Format:Paperback
Some people put down a book if, only a couple of chapters in, the book isn't hooking them. I am not one of those people. I will stick with books until the absolute end, if only to be continuously horrified. Sometimes, I'm even excited I did.

This was one of those times.

The beginning of the book might put readers who are quick to judge off, because Cara does not begin the novel out as a likeable character at all. She sounds like one of those snotty, stuck up teens for whom everything is horrible.

Once Cara gets to hanging out with her sister, Liv, for a while-and, of course, meets Will-she starts to open up and becomes a heck of a lot more interesting AND likeable. Of course, that is replaced by the insta-love that, to be fair, I knew was coming, but ah well. It's more often than not these days, so it shouldn't shock anyone. At least there isn't a love triangle.

I struggled with the beginning first with Cara, and then with the romance between Will and Cara. Well, besides the fact that they actually go on more than one date, which was absolutely fantastic. That's right, you heard me, DATES. Like they were actually trying to have a real relationship or something.

This novel can actually be separated into two halves: the first half, with ALL of the romance, and the second half with a great deal of action. The first 1/2, 2/3 of the book are actually pretty slow, focusing on Will and Cara falling in love and being in love and dealing with the fact that Will is an alien and needs to go home but they love each other and ohmygod. To be perfectly honest, these two eventually won me over and made me melt just a little bit. I'm a sucker for romance when it's done at least halfway right, and this is one of those times.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strange, But Interesting
This book was very strange. Overall, enjoyable, but definitely not my usual kind of book. I'm still a little befuddled over everything that occurs in the story. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Emily (Book Jems)
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 WILL STARS!
I have just read a book called Cicada and now Caterpillar, both funnily enough had the same theme behind them, both also insect titles...hehe!! Read more
Published on September 19, 2012 by Novelsontherun
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive and enthralling
I was pretty impressed with the way Caterpillar made me feel. Even when some moments were a bit unbelievable or typical of the YA genre, there was just something about this book... Read more
Published on September 9, 2012 by woven
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing!
When I first read the blurb for this book, I read it very quickly, but what I did catch intrigued me enough to want to read this book. Read more
Published on June 27, 2012 by Step Into Fiction
4.0 out of 5 stars a very interesting alien!
I normally do not like the whole sci-fi genre. The idea of other planets and other beings out there scares me a little. BUT this book was AMAZING. Read more
Published on June 24, 2012 by lissethT
5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed this book
Cara is almost 18 years old, she is starting her senior year in high school at another school, yet again, the only perk being that she gets to live with her sister. Read more
Published on June 21, 2012 by Always YA at Heart
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I love paranormal romance, and Caterpillar did not disappoint. Oliver has done an excellent job it creating an alien that is unique and bringing to life his world. Read more
Published on June 20, 2012 by Turning the Pages
4.0 out of 5 stars I could not put this unique story down!
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had and finished rather quickly. I didn't want to put it down until this unique story ended. Read more
Published on June 19, 2012 by The Every Free Chance Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars A great YA romance with a slight Sci-Fi bent
Without a doubt, this was the most surprising book I've read all year.

The cover was very iffy to me (yes, I most definitely judge books by their covers) but the summary... Read more
Published on June 18, 2012 by Mandi Kaye
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More About the Author

Kate Oliver is a writer of Young Adult and Middle Grade novels of every variety. Having worked as everything from a professional statistical programmer to a professional student to a professional parent, she now splits her time between writing and wrangling her children just outside of Washington, D.C.

Her first novel, Caterpillar, a sci-fi romance, will be released by MAB Books on April 10, 2012.

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