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Catalyst (Insignia) Hardcover – November 4, 2014

4.7 out of 5 stars 112 ratings
Book 3 of 3: Insignia

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Gr 8 Up—Tom Raines faces his biggest challenges yet in this final installment of the trilogy that began with Insignia (HarperCollins, 2012). The action begins immediately as Tom accidentally creates a security incident that exposes the existence of his neural computer to his already paranoid father and puts them both in danger with the NSA. He manages to free his father, but alienates him in the process. Reporting back for training at the Spire, he finds that much has changed: a new General is in charge, and training (and punishment) is in place to force them to be better soldiers. Tom continues to use his secret ability of infiltrating networks to communicate with his love interest, Medusa. The truly evil Joseph Vengerov is a threat to everyone, and when he kidnaps Tom to examine and ultimately use his secret ability, he may be hard to stop. There are finally explanations to be had for some major questions, and what they lack in credibility is compensated for by the nonstop action and intrigue that fills every page, much like the first two installments. Some readers may find the juvenile humor funny, but others will find it jarring alongside the very adult decisions that Tom and his friends must make. Still, a worthwhile read for those who enjoyed the previous books.—Kelly Jo Lasher, Middle Township High School, Cape May Court House, NJ

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Kincaid’s Insignia series has proven science fiction worthy of comparison with Asimov. Readers will be spellbound as they inhale this last chapter. (Booklist (starred review))

Kincaid’s trademark spectacular action sequences and affectionate banter make room for Tom’s coming-of-age without compromising what readers have come to love. An unabashedly optimistic denouement is the perfect ending for this series that’s unafraid to ask readers to grapple with big ideas. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

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  • Lexile Measure : 830L
  • Grade Level : 8 - 9
  • Item Weight : 1.09 pounds
  • Hardcover : 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062093053
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.33 x 8.25 inches
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062093059
  • Publisher : Katherine Tegen Books (November 4, 2014)
  • Reading level : 13 and up
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 112 ratings