This Mortal Coil
Author: Emily Suvada
Series: This Mortal Coil, #1
Publication Date: November 7th, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Synopsis: 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?
This Mortal Coil was one of my most anticipated reads for fall. I was first taken in with the awesome looking cover (and later when I realized what the cover symbolized, I thought it was a pretty interesting touch, if not just a tad bit creepy!), and the story that sounded original, fun, and the kind of in depth plot that really captured my attention and made me want to read the book.
When I started reading the book, I was seriously drawn in by the first page, and I found myself essentially glued to the book until the very end. Unfortunately I had to put it down a few times because hey, real life calls, but if I were able to read uninterrupted for a whole day, let’s just say that I wouldn’t have put this one down even once. I may have even cooked dinner while reading, it was that good.
I loved the characters in this book, especially Catarina. I felt like she was just so relatable. She was kind of awkward but at the same time, she was damn good at what she did and she was the kind of character who had a strong survival instinct and did what she had to do, no matter what that meant. It’s nice to have that in a main character, instead of one who stopped every five minutes to figure out if what they were doing was the right thing.
This was such a fast paced book – there is so much going on at every turn and not once was I upset by slow or uneven pacing. I thought the author did a great job by keeping this book flowing at such a great pace. It allowed for plenty of action and suspense, which really makes a book in this kind of genre a good one.
The plot unfolds in such a way that really keeps it interesting, and there a few twists that really work with the plot and make the book even more exciting. I love how the author keeps you wondering what is going to happen next while you’re reading, instead of having everything unveiled to you in the synopsis so you can pretty much see what’s coming. I’ve seen that happen with a lot of books lately and I can’t understand why. I like to be surprised.
If you’re on the fence about reading this one, or if you like science fiction with a dystopian twist, this is such a fantastic read to pick up. I can’t recommend it enough.
The only complaint I have? Having to wait for the next book!
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Emily Suvada was born and raised in Australia, where she went on to study mathematics and astrophysics. She previously worked as a data scientist, and still spends hours writing algorithms to perform tasks which would only take minutes to complete on her own. When not writing, she can be found hiking, cycling, and conducting chemistry experiments in her kitchen. She currently lives in Portland, OR, with her husband.