Author: Emily Suvada
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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?
Where to even begin! My goodness, going into this I was a little reserved about it because it’s a dystopian novel. That shouldn’t immediately put me in a off position towards it but what can I say, I’ve read a lot of dystopian novels and feel pretty burned on them. BUT, this one might just take the cake. I absolutely loved it.
This Mortal Coil starts off with a bang, literally and figuratively. What essentially happened is a virus took over the world, a global pandemic. This virus changes people, they begin to go through different phases until they literally combust. If you are not immune to the virus at that present time, then you will become infected yourself. And the only way to become immune is to.. well.. I’ll just let you read it. Let’s just say my mind was absolutely blown about this. And you find all of this out in the first chapter, which is one of the heaviest and wildest of the book. It definitely grabs you from the very first page and doesn’t let go. I finished this book in 2 days, which never happens, if that says anything.
This story was full of high tech equipment, like panels that are ingrained in everyone’s arms that let you control not only things about yourself but also how you see and interpret the world. I loved seeing this kind of technology, because to me that isn’t something that is so far fetched. This is a Science Fiction novel that felt like it could actually happen some day.
This story was also full of S C I E N C E. I love science. I literally got a degree in Biology and now have a Scientist position at a Pharmaceutical company. Like, science is life. So seeing this story play out with tons of genetic coding and essentially genetic engineering, made my science loving heart so happy. The genetics behind this book are so real, and obviously was so researched I can’t help but applaud Emily for making this as lifelike as possible.
Cat and Cole are our main characters and I love them both dearly. Their character arcs are something wildly unimaginable because they go through so much and somehow still manage to learn and grow from not only the situations but also from each other. I loved watching the twists and turns in this book and seeing how they reacted to them. I think they both helped make this novel as good as it is.
I couldn’t really get a feel for whether I thought this was a plot driven or character driven book though. It kind of felt like a mix of both which was a nice change of pace. But in the middle of the book there was a little less action than I would have liked, considering how the beginning started. There was sort of a lull once all the S C I E N C E was being explained. Which was obviously still okay, I don’t know. Because of what this book pertains to (I’m trying not to give it away lol) I just felt like there should have been a little something *more*.
All in all this was a great story, and because I waited so long to write this review, I had no chill and immediately started book two! So expect the review for This Cruel Design tomorrow!