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Dead Space: Catalyst (Dead Space Series) Paperback – October 2, 2012

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"A game which is both more terrifying and more fun to play than its incredibly impressive predecessor." (The Telegraph) "It sets a high bar for future video game literature... those after Dead Space's horror won't be disappointed.' (Xboxer360.com)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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BRIAN EVENSON is the author of Last Days (formerly titled Brotherhood of Mutilation) and The Open Curtain (Coffee House), which was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an IHG Award and was among Time Out New York's top books of 2006. He lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he directs Brown University's Literary Arts Program. Other books include The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection) and The Brotherhood of Mutilation. He has translated work by Chrstian Gailly, Jean Frèmon and Jacques Jouet. He has received an O. Henry Prize as well as an NEA fellowship.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dead Space Series (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765325047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765325044
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praised by Peter Straub for going "furthest out on the sheerest, least sheltered narrative precipice," Brian Evenson is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes and has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the World Fantasy Award. He is also the winner of the International Horror Guild Award and the American Library Association's award for Best Horror Novel, and his work has been named in Time Out New York's top books.

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The author Brian Evenson returns to the Dead Space universe with a stand-alone story that features new characters and new places, while tipping more than a few nods to familiar elements to seasoned DS fans. I'm glad to see he's back. As you'll see below, there are some traits that make it more inaccessible to new readers than its predecessor, but overall I believe Catalyst to still be essential for devoted fans of Dead Space.

Following the paths and perspectives of brothers Jensi and Istvan, with the latter having serious mental disabilities, I must admit that you won't get too deep into actual Dead Space territory until you are a little under halfway through. No joke. You'll only find one or two pages that refers to the Marker (something all too familiar to DS fans) until you reach that point. While this sounds like a serious flaw, I personally enjoyed the great storytelling along the way. The overall cast here is smaller than in Martyr, and I found myself caring much more about the characters than before -- though Michael Altman will never be forgotten in my mind's eye, of course. They have deep personalities, and I was impressed with Evenson's ability to take on such atypical characters. As for the setting, I don't want to give too much away, but I will say you get the feeling of isolation with regards to it that you may have gotten in Martyr. I'm beginning to think this is one of Evenson's writing marks.

Going back to the slower-paced story, once you do hit the halfway point the action and Dead Space references kick in with quite the force. The slow build-up did serve to muster a good bit of dread and stress in me as I knew what would inevitably happen in something involving Dead Space.
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Dead Space Catalyst is a much more personal story than B.K. Evenson's excellent previous entry in Dead Space lore. Where Martyr dealt with Michael Altmans "founding" of Unitology, this is a story that deals with the extremes, good or bad, that people are willing to go to accomplish their beliefs.

The book starts out slower than I would of preferred, but it builds a tension that is put together excellently through various points of view and only hinting the horrors of Dead Space at first through peoples mislead beliefs and actions, which lead to catastrophes manipulated by the mysterious "markers". Like the games, the book introduces you to characters that are not perfect, but you sympathize with because they are flawed and human, at the same time also introducing characters that you will wish would be dispatched in gruesome Dead Space fashion.

As I mentioned, the story picks up slowly at first but pulls you in and lets you in enough to make you want to keep reading to see what will happen next. You shouldn't go into this book looking for an encyclopedia of Dead Space myth, but rather, go in looking to see how characters grow and redeem themselves or ultimately fall, while also giving you a bit more knowledge into the workings of the marker and its effects on those who are unfortunate enough to stumble into its path. I went into this book expecting to be told more of how the Necromorph plague and the "Convergence" would change the established Dead Space story, but ultimately found something different, but equally as compelling.

Like Dead Space Martyr, it tells of how unwitting people are thrust into unimaginable situations by forces beyond them and leaves you wondering the limits of an individuals resolve. Although I do wish it revealed more on the Dead Space Universe and the workings of the powers that be, it makes up with excellent storytelling.
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Would recommend for any fan of Dead Space. I'm lost for words after just finishing it. No need to explain just read it you won't be disappointed.
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It wasn't too long ago that I finished DEAD SPACE 2 for the first time and was itching for more stories from that particular universe. I really appreciated how much work had been put into fleshing out the civilization that surrounded the playable areas of the USG Ishimura and the Sprawl. It wasn't enough for Visceral Games to simply put you in space and have you fight monsters. They created a living, breathing future where contact with an alien artifact has changed the way we developed. It's not a bright future - in fact, it's downright depressing for nearly all parties involved, and is slowly but surely falling apart at the seams - but it's definitely an interesting one.

Which is why I picked up a copy of Brian Evenson's DEAD SPACE: MARTYR that same week. Acting as a prequel to the entire storyline, not just Isaac Clarke's, we see the origins of the dominant religion in the galaxy, Unitology, and how it might not have the humble beginnings that many characters claim. It was an effective novel, and definitely one of the better tie-in novels I've read in some time, as it was very clear that Mr. Evenson took his job seriously, tying in the lore at every opportunity.

But this is the problem I have with his newest novel, CATALYST. While it's certainly well-written with, perhaps, a stronger cast of characters, most of the novel feels like it could take place anywhere in the sci-fi canon. It doesn't feel like a Dead Space story for a couple hundred pages, but even then it's not enough.
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