Review: Catalyst (Insignia #3) by SJ Kincaid

Catalyst (Insignia #3) by SJ Kincaid

“There has to be a reason for it all, a meaning, a point to living in the first place. A better future had to be possible.”

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Publisher: Katherine Teagen Books Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought Rating:  (5/5 Stars) Synopsis: 

Tom Raines and his friends are eager to return to the Pentagonal Spire to continue training for the elite Intrasolar Forces, but they soon discover troubling changes: strict new regulations and the revelation that the Spire is under new military control. What begins as an irritating adjustment soon reveals a dangerous shift in reality. Those now in control are aligned with corporate sponsors and their ruthless agendas. And when the military academy begins welcoming new cadets with suspicious neural processors, the first step in a plan with horrifying worldwide ramifications, Tom is desperate to stop it, even if that means keeping secrets from his closest allies.

“Wow,” “Amazing,” and “Fantastic” have been the main things I’ve had to say about Catalyst since I finished it. It was unbelievably good, and it’s (as of now) the best book I’ve read all year.

Catalyst is the third book in the Insignia series, and while it might not be my favorite of the series, I think it was the best one. Catalyst had the same snark, humor and excitement that Insignia and Vortex both had, but it also was a bit more profound and was able to be extremely heart wrenching and creepy as well.

Like the previous two books the one-liners were great, the characters were amazing and well written and the universe was extraordinarily detailed. The story sucked me right in and I wasn’t able to put it down until I finished.

The ending was also amazing, satisfying and perfect for the whole series. Last books of favorite series are always hard, but the ending of this series was pretty perfect and I actually feel okay saying goodbye to this story.

I’ve loved every minute of the Insignia trilogy, and Catalyst completed it perfectly. This is how you end a trilogy.

(Also, fun fact: I was the same age as Tom Raines when I first read each book. That’s pretty cool.)


“He felt like anything was possible around her, like his life meant more, like he meant more.”