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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Mechcraft: Cataclysm is the final installment of Brian Fitzpatrick's young adult sci-fi trilogy. After barely beating the other-worldly entity, Jake London is kidnapped by his old nemesis, Sasha, who wants to rule the world by controlling Jake. Meanwhile, his friends and parents continue to search for him. But his friends face stiff competition as Crafter bounty hunters are on Jake's trail. While Sasha forms her own faction to combat Jake's friends, the Khaoti seek revenge on the one who destroyed one of their own and are hell-bent on wreaking havoc. Seeing no other option, Jake seeks the help of beings from another dimension to amplify his powers and find a way to stop the Khaoti. However, his mission gets increasingly complicated due to the continued interference from Sasha.
Fast-paced and action-packed, Mechcraft: Cataclysm is a blockbuster of a novel that fans of young adult sci-fi will find thoroughly entertaining. Author Brian Fitzpatrick wastes no time in getting things moving and throws the reader right into the middle of the action from the start. Alongside the pacing, the non-stop action scenes make the book a pulsating page-turner. The banter and camaraderie between the characters provide moments of respite between the action sequences. They make for a nice stop-gap during the high-octane narrative. Every character is well-developed, with distinct personalities that make them compelling to read. I enjoyed them all but found Jake, Bex, Sophie, and Artemis my favorites of the bunch. Despite being the third book in the series, Mechcraft: Cataclysm also functions seamlessly as a standalone. Highly recommended.