Book Title: This Mortal Coil
Book Author: Emily Suvada
Page Count: 432
Publishing Date: November 7th, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date Read: November 1st, 2017
Synopsis: In this gripping debut novel, seventeen-year-old Cat must use her gene-hacking skills to decode her late father’s message concealing a vaccine to a horrifying plague.
Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.
That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.
When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.
Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?
This Mortal Coil is strikingly genius! It is full of high adrenaline twists, exciting science fiction kicks, and rousing character hits! If you are looking for a fast paced, action packed Sci-fi, look no further!
This Mortal Coil was OUTSTANDING! I could not put it down! I knew I would love it after reading the synopsis, but WOW, am I impressed! The writing was impeccable. For as long as the book was, I never felt like it dragged anywhere or felt like anything was out of place, or needed to be shorter.
The world building and plot development were incredible. Suvada must have done immense research before writing this book, because the bits about the virus, the DNA coding, and the technology felt so real and possible. I felt like this was the type of story that fit perfectly with zombie video games and movies. I also felt like it reminded me a bit of Terminator, which I LOVED! The story flowed so smoothly, and kept on the edge of my seat! I loved the characters and their development as well.
Catarina was such an interesting character to read! She was strong, brave, and determined, but also vulnerable and emotional, and confused. She didn’t feel like the typical YA character, she felt real, and relate-able. Her back story was so well written, and her character, and personality transformation, was really unique and intriguing!
Cole reminded me a little of Kyle Reese from Terminator (I guess that you means you have to watch it if you haven’t yet ;-P). He was brave, protective, and alluring. He held dangerous secrets, and also had a deep, intriguing past, and a unique reason for his actions, and his protectiveness. He almost fit that trope of the “over-protective YA male,” but didn’t because of his unique situation.
Dax and Leoben were both enjoyable, supporting characters. They were each unique in their own way, had interesting back stories, and add depth to the book. Dax added nostalgia and a little conflict, while Leoben added humor and intrigue.
There was not one piece of this story that I did not enjoy. It had a great pace, fantastic plot twists, well developed characters, and awesome bits of Science Fiction, Horror, and Suspense! I could see everything so clearly while I was reading and felt my heart pounding the entire time! I will definitely read more from this author in the future!
Thank you to The Flying Fantastic Book Club and Simon & Schuster/ Simon Pulse for sending me this free e-ARC in exchange for my honest review, and as part of the blog tour.
About The Author:
Emily Suvada was born and raised in Australia, where she went on to study mathematics and astrophysics. She previously worked as a data scientist, and still spends hours writing algorithms to perform tasks which would only take minutes to complete on her own. When not writing, she can be found hiking, cycling, and conducting chemistry experiments in her kitchen. She currently lives in Portland, OR, with her husband.
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