The imaginative, thrilling and highly readable sequel to the fantasy debut The Catalyst, from a bright young voice. Perfect for fans of the DIVERGENT series.
'The next JK Rowling' (Today Programme, USA)
'Possibly the best out of the 17 books I've read this year! *****' - Reader Review
Fifteen-year-old Rose Elmsworth is alone.
For the first time in her life. Her father, David, has been imprisoned and disgraced, a death sentence almost certain. She has been rejected by the Department, the amoral law-enforcement agency in which she grew up. Most dangerous of all is the terrible secret she and her father have been keeping all her life: if exposed, it has the power to destroy her. But Rose cannot stay hidden forever.
Around her, the world is changing faster than either she or the Department can stop it. The laws which have for years maintained peace between magicals and non-magicals are breaking down, and two rival militias are gathering on the streets to prepare for a devastating war. As deeper, darker elements of her father's past emerge, Rose begins to understand that the rules of good and evil in which she has always believed will not protect her anymore.
In a world of monsters, how long can trust, loyalty and justice survive? And how much will Rose herself have to change to stay alive?
PRAISE FOR HELENA COGGAN AND THE CATALYST
'A phenomenal achievement . . . assured, frightening, action-packed' - Observer
'A pulsing, labyrinthine, emotionally visceral plot' - Metro
'The Catalyst is a complicated, rich world of magic and danger . . . Both fantastical and startlingly relevant and contemporary, it's tense, exciting, engaging and has at its heart a central character whose incredibly personal story becomes caught up in huge battles and some even bigger ideas.' - Claire North, author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Helena Coggan is a writer and student based in London. She wrote her first novel, THE CATALYST, at the age of thirteen; it was published by Hodder and Stoughton two years later, and named as one of 2015's Debuts of the Year by the Guardian and Amazon. The second book in the duology, THE REACTION, came out when she was sixteen. She has been called 'the next JK Rowling' by NBC's Today, and in 2016 she was named by the Guardian as one of the most influential teenagers in the world. She is currently studying physics at university, for the sole purpose of building a TARDIS one day. THE ORPHANAGE OF GODS is her third novel.
[A] brilliantly realised future... Coggan writes with both verve and attitude — Metro
Helena Coggan was just 13 when she wrote her hugely acclaimed debut, The Catalyst. This follow-up which follows heroine Rose in a magical feature is just as impressive. — Heat