ARC Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

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ARC Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada is releasing next week and I absolutely loved it! I hope you check out my review below and put this one on your TBR or buy list! Many thanks to Simon Pulse for the advance review copy provided from Netgalley, which in no way influenced my thoughts or review.


This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1) by Emily Suvada

Category: Young Adult, Sci-fi
Publication: November 7th, 2017; Simon Pulse
Purchase: Amazon

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?



[book rating=5/5]

Oh. Em. Gee.

This, right here, is my favorite sci-fi/dystopian in AGES. From the very first page, I was enthralled. And I was worried that the scientific aspects would be tough to follow. But, Suvada did a fantastic job of making something so complex, SIMPLE. Understandable.

I loved the apocalyptic story. This was a whole different take on “illnesses.” It felt a little like a zombie book, but also mixed with some aspects of The 5th Wave. But please if you aren’t a fan, ignore that and just give this a chance. It’s so unique in so many ways.

Also, the romance. I definitely wanted something to happen between two of the characters. And maybe those aren’t the two everyone else shipped, but there’s something to be said for chemistry and time spent together. One guy really won me over right away. The other, I didn’t trust whatsoever.

Catarina was a great character. Not arrogant. Just someone trying to survive. Do her best until her father (hopefully) came home. She was able to take care of herself. I found her to be smart and a little bit of a bad ass, if I’m honest.

This story is really engrossing. I didn’t think there was ever a dull moment. I didn’t ever want to stop reading. And I’m not kidding when I say that several scenes had my heart racing with anticipation and worry. Lots of twists and mystery to keep the reader guessing. What version of things Catarina has been told is true? Is her father the man she thought him to be?

This Mortal Coil is now possibly my top read of the year. It’s easily going to remain in my top 5 for 2017. With its smart heroine, intricate plot, and bits of romance, this story has it all and is something readers of ALL genres shouldn’t miss!


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