Series: The Deception Game, Book 1
Genres: Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Dystopian, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Tags: Dystopian, Fantasy, future, Love Story, paranormal romance, romance, Science Fiction, Survival story, teen, young adult
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication Year: 2017
ISBN: 9781634229982

In a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose genetic modification for their children, seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston doesn't fit in. As the only "normal" girl, everyone around her is a little too pretty, a little too smart, and a little too perfect. But when her father dies suddenly, her world changes in an instant.

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About the Book

Too pretty. 

Too smart. 

Too perfect.

In a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose the characteristics of their children like ordering off a drive-thru menu, seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston doesn’t fit in. As a normal girl surrounded by genetically modified teenagers, all of her imperfections are on display. But after the death of her father, everything she’s ever known and loved changes in an instant.

With little skills to help provide for her family, Sienna clings to the two things that come easily—lying and stealing. But not all thief-for-hire assignments go as planned. When a covert exchange of a stolen computer chip is intercepted, she becomes entangled with a corrupt government official who uses her thieving past as leverage, her mother as collateral, and the genetically modified poster boy she’s falling for as bait.

In order to rescue her mother, there may only be one option—joining forces with the Fringe, an extremist group, and their young leader who’s too hot to be bad. Problem is, these revolutionaries aren’t what they seem, and the secrets they’re hiding could be more dangerous than Sienna is prepared for. In the end, she must be willing to risk everything to save the one thing that matters most.

Catalyst is a thrilling adventure of danger, romance, intrigue, and deception.

Reviewed by Melanie Newton
This is a dystopian style book and there is a fair amount of violence in it, which is typical of the genre with people being at war with the government.
There is a fair amount of heavy kissing and romance in this book but nothing described more than a level 3.
One instance of underage drinking.
There are mentions of adults drinking in the book on a couple of occasions.
Supernatural Characters: There are no Supernatural Characters in this book but there are genetically modified people.
Other: This is a dystopian book and the violence is consistent with most stories for this genre.

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About the Author
Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith writes young adult contemporary and science fiction novels. When she’s not writing, you can find her dreaming about the beach, beating her boys at Just Dance, or belting out karaoke (from the comfort of her own home). Kristin currently resides in the middle-of-nowhere North Carolina with her husband and five incredibly loud but extremely cute boys. To read more about her obsession with YA novels or her addiction to chocolate, you can visit her at

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