Review of Catagenesis
First – I love this series! Cats that can teleport and sometimes read minds. To be honest, I am not so sure that part is science fiction. In the Catship series, cats have also evolved to be able to talk. To humans. Using human words. So, cool!
Humans also play a large role. In Catagenesis, we have Han-Ja Gee. Drug / information dealer, in debt to a mobster. “Smarmy” to quote Farah Shine Collins. (Han-Ja was also in Catapult (book 2) in a very memorable scene involving mind altering drugs (mota), and a talking feline masquerading as a robotic cat.)
Farah is newly awakened after sleeping on a generation ship for 3,000 years. A former law enforcement liaison, she is not nearly naïve as Han-Ja believes or as she is first presented. Her mom is Dear Barbara (the cat’s name for her).
After a murder on the gen ship, Farah and Han-Ja team up to figure out what the heck happened. Dear Barbara is the prime suspect since she is the one who found the body. Otherwise, clues are nearly non-existent. What is not non-existent is a lack of suspects. The non-cat loving crew members blame the cats. There is of course, much disagreement on that, especially from the cats.
More murders, riots and pandemonium ensue. The author continues to throw in little mayhems to complicate the story and provide plenty of humor. For cat lovers, you will get plenty of tail swishing, face washing, brushing against legs and sudden bolting from the room. Plus, a gigantic superior attitude. Yep, cats.
Romance is there too. Farah and Han-Ja do not hit it off at first. But as these things go, each begins to see the appeal of the other. Kissing and heroics ensue.
This book is for anyone who enjoys sci-fi romance, cats, mystery and hilarity. It stands alone, but the first two books are just as good and several characters cross over. So read the entire series I say!
I received a copy of this book from the author. My review is my honest opinion.
About Catagenesis by Jody Wallace
Han-Ja Gee has made a fine living on Trash Planet trading information and secrets with those who are willing to pay, either in money or in more secrets. He thought he knew everything…until a talking cat interrupted a business meeting. But cats can’t talk. Cats are so rare that only very wealthy people own them. If he can discover the truth about the cats, he can pay off the life-debt he owes and leave Trash Planet forever.
Farah Shine Collins is a passenger on an ancient generation ship who wakes up two thousand years late in a galaxy that barely survived a catastrophic war…and the cats on her ship have become sentient. Her struggle to adjust becomes infinitely worse when she’s asked to partner with an information broker named Han-Ja, who is clearly trouble, to solve a murder on board the ship.
A murder for which the primary suspect is Farah’s mother. A murder that not even mind-reading cats seem to know anything about. A murder that is only the first in a string of deadly attacks that threatens to tear the whole ship apart.
Han-Ja just wanted to escape a brutal racketeer. Farah just wanted a place that she and her mother could call home. Neither expected to fall in love while locked on a murder ship with three thousand terrified colonists and almost as many angry cats. But if they cannot stop the killer, the collateral damage will be a lot more than their hopes and dreams. It will be their lives.
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