OH MY GOSH THIS BOOK GUYS. As always this review will be spoiler free!
Emotive, addictive, thought provoking YA Sci-Fi with well thought out science!
This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1) by Emily Suvada
Published by Simon Pulse on November 7th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
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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?
I loved loved loved this book! It is my new favourite book of 2017, and I even think my new favourite author! I love post-apocalyptic books, especially those with virus narratives, and this one did not disappoint. I loved the gene-hacking aspect, it was new and refreshing. It was well thought out and clearly well researched, not once did I feel confused or feel like what was happening wasn’t possible. The virus itself really intrigued me, it was different to any virus I’ve seen in books and films, and I LOVED it! I don’t want to say too much but honestly, it was amazing.
The world-building was on point and I wasn’t overwhelmed by all the technology. There were so many twists and turns it’s unreal. Every time I thought I knew what was happening, I was wrong. It’s fast paced and addictive, I literally could not put it down. I was constantly wondering who the bad guys really were, and always getting it wrong.
Okay so I loved the characters. I thought there was going to be a love triangle, and there kinda was but not over the top which I was glad about.
Cat is the daughter of a genius scientist who loves her a lot… We start off by meeting her when she’s living alone in this post apocalyptic world. Her only companion is Agnes – who I loved! Though, without spoiling things too much, considering how much she cares for Agnes, she doesn’t talk about her a lot past the first few chapters? Weird.
Cole. Oh Cole, badass super soldier who constantly is jumping to her rescue. I’d have found it annoying if he was doing it on purpose but hey.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Dax, let’s leave it to that.
There were a few other characters, and I loved their stories and development. I felt it was really well done.
Here’s my mood board for This Mortal Coil, I honestly loved it THAT much.
Have you read this? Let me know what you thought!