Book Review

Blog Tour: This Mortal Coil & This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada


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This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: October 30, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

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?

Review: Can I just say that the zombies in this book are super cool? THEY BLOW UP!! Okay I’m done nerding out  but the concept for the zombies was pretty darn neat and the whole plot was fantastic! I loved Catarina, she was really smart and resourceful and I just loved her from the start. I can’t say I really like the romance in the book as I’m not really a fan of it but it didn’t bother me too much. There were a few mild cuss words sprinkled throughout the book but I appreciate that they didn’t escalate into f-bombs at least. The book was fast paced, fantastically written, and I loved the world Miss Suvada created. Each revelation blew my mind and the book wrapped up nicely, I couldn’t wait to start book two!

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Reccomendation: For fans of zombies, coding, sci-fi, & dystopia ages 15 and up.

FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review


This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

Synopsis: Cat thought the Hydra epidemic was over, but when new cases pop up, Cat must team up with an enemy to fix the vaccine before the virus spirals out of control in this thrilling sequel to This Mortal Coil, which New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman says “redefines ‘unputdownable.’”

The nightmare of the outbreak is finally over, but Cat’s fight has only just begun.

Exhausted, wounded, and reeling from revelations that have shaken her to her core, Cat is at a breaking point. Camped in the woods with Cole and Leoben, she’s working day and night, desperate to find a way to stop Lachlan’s plan to reprogram humanity. But she’s failing—Cat can’t even control her newly regrown panel, and try as she might to ignore them, she keeps seeing glitching visions from her past everywhere she turns.

When news arrives that the Hydra virus might not be as dead as they’d thought, the group is pushed into an uneasy alliance with Cartaxus to hunt down Lachlan and fix the vaccine. Their search takes them to Entropia, a city of genehackers hidden deep in the desert that could also hold the answers about Cat’s past that she’s been searching for.

But when confronted with lies and betrayals, Cat is forced to question everything she knows and everyone she trusts. And while Lachlan is always two steps ahead, the biggest threat to Cat may be the secrets buried in her own mind.

Review: Things get more interesting in this sequel. Catarina continues to struggle with her identity as well as recovering her memories and figuring out what happened in those 6 months she has no recall of. I loved all the bits we get to see of her past as Jun Bei and there were some revelations that took me by surprise as well. This book was a little slow paced beginning but the action and plot kept me turning the pages. I loved returning to Miss Suvada’s unique world and getting to explore more. Cat’s romance wasn’t as mushy as it was in the first book so that was a bonus. There was one relationship that kind of came out of no where and one of my pet peeves is when a couple suddenly emerges to appease a certain audience. The cuss words were pretty much the same as the first book in that they were sprinkled randomly and not as over the top as other YA. (Not all teens are potty mouths you guys.)

From the middle on the book continued on a steady pace and I just really enjoyed the ride, these books were so immersive and entertaining and I could seriously see them as a movie. (Please let there be a movie!) Overall I rated this book 4 stars and I recommend it for fans of zombies, coding, dystopia, and sci-fi ages 15 & up.

FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review




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.

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