I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Walk Through Fire by Zoe Cannon
Series: The Catalyst #1
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult
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Radioactive ruins. A radical anti-technology faction known as the Swords of Eden. Sinister scientists performing secret experiments. Shea knows what horrors await in the world outside the sanctuary she built for herself. Her mother is dead; her father is gone; her body is marked with the scars of what the outside world did to her. All she wants now is to be left alone.
So when she learns she’s a Catalyst, someone born to save the world by making seemingly-insignificant changes that ripple into larger effects, her answer is simple: no. This world isn’t worth saving.
Until she’s given her first mission: save the followers of a radiation-worshipping cult in the remnants of Washington, D.C. Until she discovers the secrets that tie the cult’s eccentric prophet to her own past. Until she sees a chance to regain something that was stolen from her long ago: a real family.
But there’s more than radiation worship going on in the ruins, and the prophet’s plans could put all his followers in the crosshairs of Shea’s old enemies... or cause devastation that reaches far beyond the cult. And as she races against time to stop him, Shea will face a threat that terrifies her more than any of that: the risk of starting to care about the world outside her walls.
This is a story about Shea, a girl barely living in a post-apocalyptic world. One day, when she is almost a captured, a girl appears to her and tells her she has a mission from God and sends her to a cult compound which she must destroy. I found the overall story interesting, and the story has a lot of potential to go great places in future books (Shea being a “catalyst” to perform missions to improve the world). I was very interested in what Avery would be telling Shea throughout the book. But once she got to the compound, things kindof slowed down and meandered too much. Also, I felt like a lot of things were not touched on that could have been: more about the “swords”, the doctors who experimented on Shea, the war that resulted in a bomb being detonated, and Avery (her messenger from God).