Title: This Mortal Coil
Author: Emily Suvada
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Release Date: October 30th, 2017
My Rating: 4/5 Stars!
This Mortal Coil is YA Science Fiction/Dystopian set in the future where changing your appearance is only one DNA enhancing app away. 2 years after a giant virus left the world either hiding away in bunkers or slowly dying on the surface, Catarina lives alone in a cabin after her Father, a genius geneticist is kidnapped by the Cartaxus organization. Now standing on her doorstep is a Cartaxus soldier claiming her father sent him to protect her while she follows last wishes to save the human race.
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?
Did I like it? Love it? Hate it?
I don’t read a lot of Science Fiction. I would like to incorporate more of it into my Book Diet (haha). I Thoroughly enjoyed This Mortal Coil. I originally thought it was going to be a stand alone book but I am happy to report their plans to be a sequel which I am very excited about. Their is a romance angle but It doesn’t feel rushed or forced. There is something unique about it that i can’t reveal or i would spoil it. It also isn’t aggressive or made a main point of the book but it actually helps connect a HUGE part of the plot which i think is interesting because the relationship has a point besides just being there. There is a hug plot twist in the book that had me excited.
Something I noticed in the book, and I haven’t decided whether it’s good or bad just that i noticed was different was that there was nothing that made me fear that during their journey, they would have to overcome a hug obstacle that wasn’t already laid out. Through most of their quest, nothing forces them to backtrack in any real way that could threaten their goal. There was a minute when I thought it was gonna happen but then the change ended up helping them. There was no real fear that they would be too late. It was a little bit too easy for me.Im used to something coming along and screwing EVERYTHING else and making the protagonists almost have to start back at square one. Or making me truly fear they may not accomplish it in time. But there wasn’t in this book. There were a couple bumps but they consistently kept moving forward without much deterrent. Especially for being part of a sequel. Honestly, this book probably could have been a one off without the author having to change much besides the end. There is part of the book where if you just cut it out you could end it there as a one-off.
NOW, don’t think that means I didn’t enjoy it or am not excited for more. I AM. I prefer series as I get attached to characters and settings. So I am soooo ready for the next book. I’ve had the opposite where I’ve read a stand alone book that had so much un-equated information and unanswered questions and plot potential that it SHOULD have been a series. So I MUCH prefer this way. Where there is more of a good book rather than less. haha.
Conclusion: Very well written. I loved it and I hope the sequel gives me a run for my money and strikes some fear in my heart.
Should you read it? HECK, YES!
Have you read This Mortal Coil? Do you enjoy YA Science Fiction? Any particular books I should check out? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!