I believe this is a prelude to the second book in the series The Balancer Chronicles, which made me hesitant to start the book without reading the previous books. I was even more discouraged when the book started referencing things from the previous books.
Eventually though I got intrigued into what was going on with the characters and stuck through until the end of the book. If I was recommending this book to anyone, I would suggest they start with the other books before The Catalyst just so that you can get the most out of the book. Eventually I do plan on reading the other books in the series, and then re-reading this book to complete the story line for myself.
The book is well written with much description on the settings, the characters and the emotions and feelings everyone experienced. There use of descriptive words were perfect and matched perfectly to what Adonn was trying to portray. There was enough humor and sarcasm to keep the reader intrigued and entertained.
The book did end with what seems like an open ending, giving the author the opportunity to continue the series onto new books. Overall I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone interested in dramas and mystery's. I'd rate it at a 5/5! Thanks Chris Adonn.