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This summer, Marcie is spending time working at Angel Mounds, the archeological dig her mother heads, along with her brother, Eric, and his girlfriend, Renee. The dig is the site of an ancient indigenous civilization, and things immediately shift into the paranormal when Marcie and her teammates meet Lorraine and Zeke. The two mysterious dig assistants reveal their abilities to access the Universal Energy Field with their minds – something Marcie knows, only vaguely, that her brother has also had experience with. Marcie learns how our planet will disintegrate if action is not taken. She and her team must decide if they are brave enough to help Lorraine and Zeke in their plan to save Mother Earth, her resources, and her history. It looks like the summer just got a lot more interesting.
“[ Catalyst is] based in present-time Earth dealing with the real issues we face while also exploring the possibilities of what and who might be out ‘there’ and what our relationship with them can be,” said Richardson. “It also explores our evolution as a species.” Inspired by a desire to protect and sustain the planet, Richardson wrote Catalyst not only to entertain readers but to encourage them to think. “We can make the world a better place,” Richardson also said. “We don’t have to go with the status quo. Each and every one of us can be a catalyst for positive change.”
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Despite being book 2 in a series, the books work as stand alone and are linked more by themes and characters than plots. This said, I feel I would have had a better grip on the background of the plot and characters if I had read the first installment.
Overall this novel was a nice, gentle fantasy that I think would be a good introduction to the genre. It is mainly based in ‘real life’ and in locations that are familiar and comfortable for new fantasy readers. It also carries a powerful environmental message which needs to be heard by younger generations while they are still young.
Marcie Horton is on an archaeological dig with her brother and her mother who is a lecturer. From the beginning she feels an unusual vibe from the place and it isn’t long before she learns why from her group leaders. Marcie and her fellow team mates are part of a plan to save Earth from its future destruction
The plot tackles some major issues that I feel are important for young people (and older) to be aware of and to feel motivated to tackle themselves. It looks at fracking and environmental destruction and brings it down to a level that’s relatable and explained well. In addition, the plot is thickened out by the development of family and romantic relationships.
Although I didn’t feel this novel always had a thrilling narrative, the plot was interesting and entertaining and moved at a swift pace. It didn’t take long to get into the main themes and there was a lot crammed into this short novel. In a way, I like the fact that the characters were fairly normal (6th sense aside) and everyday teens. I prefer reading about characters that are relatable.
Overall this was an enjoyable novel and a one that sends a powerful message to its readers.