Book Review

This Cruel Design : Book Review


This Cruel Design

Author: Emily Suvada
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Pages: 394
Publisher: Simon Pulse


Cat thought the Hydra epidemic was over, but when new cases pop up, Cat must team up with an enemy to fix the vaccine before the virus spirals out of control.

The nightmare of the outbreak is finally over, but Cat’s fight has only just begun.

Exhausted, wounded, and reeling from revelations that have shaken her to her core, Cat is at a breaking point. Camped in the woods with Cole and Leoben, she’s working day and night, desperate to find a way to stop Lachlan’s plan to reprogram humanity. But she’s failing—Cat can’t even control her newly regrown panel, and try as she might to ignore them, she keeps seeing glitching visions from her past everywhere she turns.

When news arrives that the Hydra virus might not be as dead as they’d thought, the group is pushed into an uneasy alliance with Cartaxus to hunt down Lachlan and fix the vaccine. Their search takes them to Entropia, a city of genehackers hidden deep in the desert that could also hold the answers about Cat’s past that she’s been searching for.

But when confronted with lies and betrayals, Cat is forced to question everything she knows and everyone she trusts. And while Lachlan is always two steps ahead, the biggest threat to Cat may be the secrets buried in her own mind.


I loved this sequel SO much! This Cruel Design definitely did not have the second book syndrome. I honestly think I liked this one as much if not more than This Mortal Coil.

This Cruel Design picks up right after This Mortal Coil ended and also started off with a band just as This Mortal Coil did! I love a good book that grabs your attention immediately. Usually I feel like second books are more filler to get to book three than anything, but this one never felt that way.

Remember in my review of This Mortal Coil when I said I wish there had been more action? Well, This Cruel Design more than delivered on that front. There was more action, more S C I E N C E, more destruction, more plague, MORE EVERYTHING. Even more characters, more plot twists that I didn’t see coming, SO MUCH HAPPENED IN THIS BOOK. Seriously guys, this book was a wild ride.

This one also had a lot more political intrigue, which I thought was interesting to see play out in a dystopian world. Someone always thinks they are doing the right thing for the right reasons when really they are doing the wrong thing, but maybe still for the right reasons. AND I AM HERE FOR IT. It was so well done, and I think it actually made me think about our current political situation more.

In This Cruel Design we are able to see more of this ravaged and broken world. I hope we are given the chance to see even more how the virus has affected the world in the third and final book coming out this winter. Even though it probably wasn’t the intention, this book got me thinking more about the health of our planet. The health of ourselves. If we don’t step up and take care of us and this world we live on, who knows, some day we might end up in a world similar to the one Cat and Cole live in.

This was a short review, but I don’t want to give too much away. Some books are hard to review without giving away the entire plot or spoiling the best parts, and honestly this book deserves more than that. If you read it I hope you are just as surprised and taken aback as I was.

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