Title – The Reaction
Author – Helena Coggan
Publication Date – February 23rd 2016 by Hatchette Aus
My Rating – ★★★★★/5
For the first time in Rose Elmsworth’s life she is alone. Her father has been imprisoned and disgraced with a death sentence hanging over his head. Rose has been rejected by the Department, a law enforcement agency where she was raised. On top of that, there’s still the secret Rose and her father have been keeping all her life – if revealed it has the power to destroy her. But Rose can’t stay hidden forever.
The world around Rose is changing, the laws that maintained peace between the Gifted and Ashkind are breaking down and two rival gangs are preparing for war. As darker secrets in David’s past are revealed, Rose starts to see that the rules of good and evil will not protect her anymore. In a world of monsters how long will trust, loyalty and justice survive? How much will Rose have to sacrifice to stay alive.
I received a copy of The Reaction from Hachette New Zealand to review. I recently read and reviewed the first book, The Catalyst. You can read my review here.
I really enjoyed The Catalyst so I was really excited to read the sequel. I think this picked
up a few months after the first book left off, which was a great ending. But The Reaction was a little confusing in places. Helena has a way of building up a storyline and then leaves you hanging for a while until whatever it was she left you wanting to know is revealed later in the book. She also did this in The Catalyst too so even though there were things that confused me and were left up in the air I knew that they would eventually be revealed somewhere in the book. It also had me reading the book faster. I think Helena Coggan is definitely an author to watch!
I loved The Reaction, even more than The Catalyst. I think all the confusion added to the
story and stopped me guessing or figuring things out earlier in the book. I did click to one of the main storylines which I thought was genius! I cannot wait for the next book.
There was another cliffhanger at the end of this book. Even bigger than the one in The Catalyst. So far, for me, these books have gotten better as the story goes on. I know there have only been two books so far but if this was a five star book for me I’m expecting good things for the next one. I hope I’m not setting myself up though.
If you haven’t read these books yet then I highly recommend you do because the writing is flawless and the twists in this one left me wanting more.
*Thank you Hachette New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*
Have you read The Reaction or The Catalyst? Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought.