Review: This Mortal Coil


Title: This Mortal Coil

Author: Emily Suvada

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publication Date: November 7, 2017

Links: Amazon | *Book Depository  | Goodreads 

Source: Library

Rating: ★★★★★


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?

Review: This futuristic, post apocalyptic novel had me hooked from the first chapter. 

Catarina needs to survive. She has been stuck in this disease ridden world since her father was kidnapped by the organization, Cartaxus. Her only friend is Agnes, an older lady she talks to over russian satellite. In this world, humans can communicate, heal and enhance themselves with technology. When Cole, a soldier from Cataxus, shows up, everything Catarina has known will be questioned.

Wow, I absolutely loved this book! I really liked the main character, Catarina, because she is a tough and smart suvivor who is also an amazing computer hacker. I am a computer nerd as well so I really wanted to be Catarina.

I also really enjoyed the post apocalyptic vibe, how the virus lives and how it is spread. Also, how in-depth the author goes to explain everything about the virus and the technolgy. It was so interesting! 

I will add a warning that some of the scenes are a bit graphic so I wouldn't recommend eating while your read this book. It did not bother me, but if you are a bit squeamish then I could see it bothering you. 

I highly recommend you check out this book!

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Samantha McCombs | BookishStateofMind