This Mortal Coil
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 Details

TitleThis Mortal Coil
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 7th, 2017
PublisherSimon Pulse
ISBN-139781481496339
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction

This Mortal Coil Review

  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    Emily Suvada has written a brilliant dystopian science fiction thriller set in a future where humanity is threatened by a deadly plague that has people exploding into toxic Hydra clouds. Catarina Agatta is a talented hacker, 'bobcat', working with The Skies resistance movement against the monolithic Cartaxus Corporation. She is the daughter of the most able scientist in the country, Dr Lachlan Agatta, working on a solution to the plague. He and his assistant, Dax, were forcibly taken by Cartaxus Emily Suvada has written a brilliant dystopian science fiction thriller set in a future where humanity is threatened by a deadly plague that has people exploding into toxic Hydra clouds. Catarina Agatta is a talented hacker, 'bobcat', working with The Skies resistance movement against the monolithic Cartaxus Corporation. She is the daughter of the most able scientist in the country, Dr Lachlan Agatta, working on a solution to the plague. He and his assistant, Dax, were forcibly taken by Cartaxus,, to work for them two years ago. Before he was taken, he drummed it into Catarina that she must never trust or have anything to do with Cartaxus. However, a Cartaxus soldier, Lieutenant Cole Franklin, now seeks her out, under the radar, to inform her of the death of Lachlan, and that he succeeded in developing a vaccine. Cole is implanted with the latest technology, including the vaccine, but the coding is beyond them, the only way they can save the world is by working together and making their way to a Canadian Laboratory.Suvada creates an intricate and complex post-apocalyptic world where people can be implanted with technology to recode their DNA, to potentially become whatever they want to be. Healing Apps are in everyday use, and the scientific explanations, given in some detail, are clear and easily understandable. Cat is not certain she can trust Cole, but it soon becomes clear that her father has coded him so that he will protect Cat as his most overriding mission. As Cat and Cole endeavour to reach the Canadian Lab, they face betrayal from every corner and nothing is as it seems. Cat is astonished to discover that a Cartaxus bunker is nothing like what she expected it to be. Cat's journey leads her to discover that there is much more to her than she was ever aware of. This leads to momentous world shifts as Cat is forced to rearrange her realities. In the meantime, Cat and Cole's relationship assumes a chemistry and importance that neither see coming.This is an atmospheric and gripping story that you cannot stop reading until you reach the climactic end. There is clearly more to come in this story as the issues are not resolved. Suvada has taken established science fiction tropes and given them an original spin in this novel. The narrative is imaginative, has considerable depth, and the story is impressively plotted. The characters grab your interest, are well developed, and nuanced. Cat is tough, vulnerable and courageous, willing to put the interests of the world above her own. I have no doubt that this is a book that is going to do well, and quite frankly it deserves to do so. A fantastic and absorbing read that I highly recommend. Many thanks to Penguin for an ARC.
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  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    January 1, 1970
    Well wow this was not for me. I read a lot of books. More than, like, five okay, so this literally felt like a remix of a ton of other sci-fis to the point where I was actually giggling because it was so obvious to me what would happen. HOWEVER. That could be just me, considering...ya know. My voracious book appetite. But it was so long, and I was so bored that I really am quite peeved right now. Because the cover IS great. The cover is exactly what happens when I drop a piece of strawberry jam Well wow this was not for me. I read a lot of books. More than, like, five okay, so this literally felt like a remix of a ton of other sci-fis to the point where I was actually giggling because it was so obvious to me what would happen. HOWEVER. That could be just me, considering...ya know. My voracious book appetite. But it was so long, and I was so bored that I really am quite peeved right now. Because the cover IS great. The cover is exactly what happens when I drop a piece of strawberry jam toast on my face too.+ IT'S SO LONG WHY IS IT SO FREAKING LONG.I have this huge fear of books over 400 pages. And when it takes 100 pages before the action starts I know my fear is founded, unlike, say...my fear of cheeseless pizza. I mean I've never been subjected to that so it's probably an irrational fear. But my fear of 400+ page books is just CEMENTED here because this waffled on and on and just wooooow. No.+ Look, sci-fi stuff with like zombie viruses and supertech humans, is pretty awesome.It's like Xmen but without the X and not many men. More like angsty teenagers. (But hey I love angsty teenagers, so well done them.) I also LOVED the twist that to cure the virus, you had to EAT the people with the virus. Zombie reversal?!? <-- that's inspired.Also gross ew. + How would I describe Catarina? Hmm.Just give me a second...nope. Give me an hour. LOOK I'M TRYING. She was a Special Snowflake™ from the start, just by being introduced as this genius scientists daughter who is really clever with coding etc. etc. And then it just got progressively more special in leu of her actually showing a bit of personality. (OK SHE LIKED WAFFLES SO THAT'S A PERSONALITY I GUESS.)But she's like:"I'm allergic to all the modern tech!"Me: sure"My dad is a super good and wholesome genius who would never work for the evil company!"Me: right"My dad tortured small children to turn them into super soldiers. But he loves me!"Me: r u sure m8"I am the key to everything."Me: of course you are+ I think the foreshadowing was TOO OBVIOUS.I had the whole book predicted by page, like, 2. (Or maybe I just read too much.) But it was like Disruption, Frost, Vicarious, The Body Electric, The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Because You'll Never Meet Me, Spark, and Eve & Adam. Dude, I'm not kidding. I have read the plot THAT MANY TIMES. God, I need a new hobby. Waffle making perhaps.+ I also found the romance tiring.For starters we meet SuperSoldier Cole who is in love with another girl and Catarina has a "thing" with her dad's lab partner, Dex, (not...creepy...at all) but OF COURSE THEY WILL EMOTIONALLY CHEAT AND IT'S OK BECAUSE THE WORLD IS ENDING. (view spoiler)[ Cat ending up being Cole's long lost lover is like nooooo excuse. If she wasn't, they would've totally CHEATED. That sucks. (hide spoiler)]And Cole spends the whole time going "I WILL PROTECT U CAT" which means Cat gets to do a grand totally of zilch unless she like DISABLES him so he can't come save her. Mate. Would you sit down. Look it's great when a guy saves a girl and a girl saves a guy. If this didn't happen the world would have much less people in it. (HEY WAIT THAT'S A GREAT IDEA---excuse me) But it was really tedious how Cat couldn't do anything because Cole was all over her. He was sweet! I did like how sweet he was! But he also needed to sit down.+ I also don't rEALLY understand all the tech talk.The book goes into a LOT of detail about sciencey stuff and DNA and yes. I just said "sciencey" so you know this is not my league. I'm sure that'll appeal to a ton of people though! It seemed very detailed, although I haven't a frikkin' clue how it holds up. ANYWAY. Everyone runs on apps and gentech and I just/???? How the heck do you run on an app. I just don't get it. I DO NOT. Except it makes the joke "hey are you tired? we've got a nap app for that" a lot more funnier haha. Excuse me. I don't understand how humans can run on apps. We are all cyborgs in the future. I'm going to go eat a lot of potato chips and be glad I live in 2017 <--- SOMETHING I NEVER THOUGHT I'D SAY WOW.ALL IN ALL: For me, it was predictable and tediously long and I couldn't connect to the characters. Someone check my gentech wifi since the connection is down ahah hahha. Ok yes that was a terrible joke. I should go. I do think this will appeal to science lovers and people who haven't read a bucket ton of sci-fi before. It's also VERY low on the romance so if that's your thing, yaaaa this book likes you. And hey there's gunfire and explosions! Good stuff! I also appreciated that they remembered to eat, like, once the entire book. Dangggg I need some potato chips.Yes I'm going now. If you enjoy this book: I'm really happy!! I hope you do!! I need to stop reading sci-fi because it doesn't often work for me!!
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  • emi
    January 1, 1970
    Who is this cover and where can I marry it????
  • ☙ percy ❧
    January 1, 1970
    ((2.5 stars, rounded up for THAT plot twist)) hoo boy this is going to be a bitch of a review to write. i don't think i've ever been so conflicted about a book in a while. i'll start with the stuff i liked first. the plot and the concept was excellent. there have been no shortage of apocalyptic plagues in speculative fiction, but both the concept of the virus itself and the circumstances surrounding it were extremely original. i mean, bodies exploding and floating around in a giant Death Cloud?? ((2.5 stars, rounded up for THAT plot twist)) hoo boy this is going to be a bitch of a review to write. i don't think i've ever been so conflicted about a book in a while. i'll start with the stuff i liked first. the plot and the concept was excellent. there have been no shortage of apocalyptic plagues in speculative fiction, but both the concept of the virus itself and the circumstances surrounding it were extremely original. i mean, bodies exploding and floating around in a giant Death Cloud??? that's the kind of macabre shit i can really get behind, man. there were also so many plot twists, and i wasn't expecting at least half of them. but then... there was so much potential, but it was just watered down by the writing and the characters. i mean, it should have tipped me off when the book opened with Unnecessary Bird Death (i love birds so if you kill them that's a huge fuckin black mark, my friend) and then the annoyances just multiplied from there.first off, THERE IS A LOVE TRIANGLE. yeah, i know. this is like, a mortal sin in YA literature in the year of our Lord 2017 and it ticks me off that the editor didn't go, "hey, you know, you don't need this #Drama with the old love interest, you can just have the new one. or, maybe, none at all, maybe just a strong platonic love because romantic love is not the be-all and end-all of human relationships" but romance is kind of, not my thing. i don't mind m/m and f/f relationships, simply because i'm a Huge Queer and i love seeing people like me in books, and that feeling of "YAS QUEERS" usually overrides my "ew romance" instinct. unfortunately, this was neither a gay relationship nor a particularly exciting and nuanced romantic relationship that i could get behind. because hey, i'm not like, anti-straight people, i like lots of m/f relationships, it's just my Bullshit Tolerance Level is always lower. and this, my friends.... was a lot of bullshit. i just don't see the point in having a romantic relationship when a platonic relationship would do just fine. and why the HELL do boys smell so nice in YA books. sweat doesn't smell nice, it smells like gorillas, mkay?it was kind-of instalove-y. not quite, but it was nearly there tbh. i didn't feel a lot of chemistry between them, and the characters themselves just seemed pretty flat to me. like i said in one of my updates, cat did not seem particularly genius-like most of the time, but rather naive, and cole was like a lovesick, less-cool version of bucky barnes. and dax, the Old Love Interest who reappears, was POINTLESS. i mean come on, why??? WHY???the writing was also lacklustre. first-person present isn't my favourite tense and perspective, and i think it's becoming a bit overused. i suppose it worked to some extent, as that POV is best for an action/suspense filled narrative and there was quite a lot of that going on, but it seemed too simplistic at times, despite the massive Plot Twist Bombshells that were being dropped left right and centre towards the end. overall: this was an excellent concept, but was ruined by a messy execution and pointless romance. this has a pretty high rating overall though, so if you like romance in your books you'll probably like this a lot. but if you don't, be warned. ------------------pre review: idk if this is going to be good but the title is a reference to both shakespeare and a gothic rock band, and it contains a plague a.k.a. my fave sci-fi/fantasy/etc. trope, so hell yea i'm fuckin reading this
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    I finished this book a while ago and totally forgot to write a review for it OOPS ITS FINE Basically, this book was beyond fun and sooOoOO interesting guys. It gave me slight The Darkest Minds vibes and I’m not really sure why it just did xD it’s like a sci-fi tech version of The Darkest Minds. I just had a few problems with the characters and the plot was a bitttt slow at some points. But, overall, it certainly kept me reading and entertained!
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  • Dannii Elle
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating 4.5 stars.I have read a slew of post-apocalyptic novels in which a deadly virus has wreaked havoc and culled the majority of our species. What ordinarily happens is that a portion of humanity devolves into zombie-like creatures, another into opportunistic gangs, and a lone few are left to somehow save the world. That is exactly what this novel does. But where as many of the other titles I have read perform to their stereotypes and deviate little from this generic outline, this mana Actual rating 4.5 stars.I have read a slew of post-apocalyptic novels in which a deadly virus has wreaked havoc and culled the majority of our species. What ordinarily happens is that a portion of humanity devolves into zombie-like creatures, another into opportunistic gangs, and a lone few are left to somehow save the world. That is exactly what this novel does. But where as many of the other titles I have read perform to their stereotypes and deviate little from this generic outline, this managed to deliver something different.Whilst I have read the basic premise for this novel before, Suvada managed to make it appear fresh. And she does that by making it feel believable. The scientific whys and hows to this novel are explored from every angle. Instead of just allowing an unexplained and unknowable phenomenon to befall us, an understandable and functioning explanation is provided. The reader is given an authentic-feeling insight into computer coding, DNA sequencing, and gene mutating. Now I know little about any of these things so maybe someone with a background in these topics would be able to call bullshit, but to the uninitiated this felt like a very real exploration of the potential future of our species.In addition to this authenticity were the characters, I initially feared the dreaded insta-love trope was once again going to rear its ugly head, but this, fortunately, managed to remain trope free! Each of the characters felt like well-rounded and real individuals and so I believed in each of the chaotic episodes they found themselves in.Whilst I enjoyed every portion of this novel, the ending was its phenomenal crowning glory. Twist after twist mutated the plot until it was unrecognisable from its original conception and transformed into something truly unforgettable. If I wasn't sold by the rest of it, this ending would keep me reading an eternity's worth of instalments in this series. So with that said, when is the next one due?I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Emily Suvada, and the publisher, Penguin, for this opportunity.
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  • Amber Robertson
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Penguin Australia for sending me a review copy. All thoughts are my ownWOW WOOOOOWIN SHOCKWASNT EXPECTING THIS IT WAS A CASUAL DYSTOPIAN AND I WAS BORED BUT NOW NOW IM IN LOVEfull review when i’m home in a couple weeks
  • Inge
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsWow, this was a blast! (You know, because the Hydra virus makes you blow up and stuff? ... no? Screw you, that was funny.)This Mortal Coil was such an insane ride from start to finish. It was wild, it was gruesome, it was bloody and fantastic and bloody fantastic. You have no idea what's going on half of the time, and when you finally figure it out you actually know even less - but it was awesome. I had a very hard time putting it down and managed to finish the thing within three days.T 4.5 starsWow, this was a blast! (You know, because the Hydra virus makes you blow up and stuff? ... no? Screw you, that was funny.)This Mortal Coil was such an insane ride from start to finish. It was wild, it was gruesome, it was bloody and fantastic and bloody fantastic. You have no idea what's going on half of the time, and when you finally figure it out you actually know even less - but it was awesome. I had a very hard time putting it down and managed to finish the thing within three days.The story was insane, the main character tough, the pace quick. It was actually quite reminiscent of zombie novels, though told in a way that doesn't seem too far-fetched in our society. Even though it was a tad too graphic for me, I really enjoyed every page. There's also a little bit of romance for the fans, with some added pains of maybe possibly falling in love on the last day of your life. All in a day's work.Seriously though, there are no words. It was brilliant. On all accounts, This Mortal Coil should be a hit.Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy
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  • Lia
    January 1, 1970
    This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada is a refreshing new dystopia/sci-fi/post-apocalyptic story that grabbed me from the start until the very end, and left me gasping with the many twists and turns.What immediately grabbed me from the start and impressed me was the writing style. From the very first line, it intrigued me. The writing is vibrant and colorful, and I absolutely loved it. If a book can grab me with the writing, it says a lot, and this book could.The premise itself is not that original, This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada is a refreshing new dystopia/sci-fi/post-apocalyptic story that grabbed me from the start until the very end, and left me gasping with the many twists and turns.What immediately grabbed me from the start and impressed me was the writing style. From the very first line, it intrigued me. The writing is vibrant and colorful, and I absolutely loved it. If a book can grab me with the writing, it says a lot, and this book could.The premise itself is not that original, actually, it is not at all original at the first glance. It is about a girl surviving in a post-apocalyptic world, with zombie-like humans, corrupt corporations, and a plague. But despite its unoriginal premise, the story is completely new and different. It brings many new aspects and interesting things to the table.Her words are clipped and sharp. She speaks the way a rife fires. She is steel and glass and blood fused into a blade.I loved the gene-hacking and coding aspect to the story. There are many scientific descriptions about how it works, but it wasn't overwhelming. What Emily Suvada did really well is to describe scientific things in a simple but realistic way. The world felt so much more realistic due to the scientific aspect of the story. It also made me think about how gene-hacking (which basically means you manipulate your genes) would work in the real world and it felt like the things that happened there, would also be able to happen here.The word was here before I was born, and it will be keep spinning after I am dead. The universe is continuous; I am the anomaly. I am the thread that begins and ends, the flame that sputters out. A chance collection of proteins and molecules that perpetuates itself, bound by the electric fire of my mind.The characters were all really great and multi-faceted. I loved Catarine and Cole and I thought they made a great duo. Cat was smart and determined and wanted to do the right thing. She was also funny at times, which I really liked. The only character that I didn't really like was Dax (who is Cat's ex), but the sole reason for that was that he kept calling Cat "Princess".The one thing that annoyed me mildly was the romantic storyline, which I thought was a little unnecessary. But that's probably just my romance-aversion talking.'How are you feeling?''I feel like... I feel like I got shot in the back.''That's a common side effect of getting shot in the back.'The book is mildly disturbing, has many plot twists you never see coming, and is brilliantly woven into a story that you won't forget easily. I am giving it 4.5 stars because it was gripping and had amazing writing. I really loved it! I am not giving it 5 stars because the romance was a little unnecessary and there was no diversity in it.
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  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    Another amazing YA scifi book this year! Wow. I'm usually terrible at knowing what the Hip Young Teens will be into nowadays but this is a well-written, compulsively readable spiritual successor to ..*dramatic music* The Hunger Games.
  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    There’s no gene for Run Like Hell…Or is there?Stop the presses I’ve found my new YA trilogy obsession with Emily Suvada’s “This Mortal Coil” a fast paced, intricately woven, brilliantly fascinating and best of all intelligent and addictive thriller.Actually I’m assuming trilogy I guess it may end up being more but this is definitely book one and what a book one it is. For a start we have genuinely likable characters, none of whom are in any way generic, who you almost immediately care about and There’s no gene for Run Like Hell…Or is there?Stop the presses I’ve found my new YA trilogy obsession with Emily Suvada’s “This Mortal Coil” a fast paced, intricately woven, brilliantly fascinating and best of all intelligent and addictive thriller.Actually I’m assuming trilogy I guess it may end up being more but this is definitely book one and what a book one it is. For a start we have genuinely likable characters, none of whom are in any way generic, who you almost immediately care about and by the end of the novel you are entirely attached to.Secondly Ms Suvada manages to avoid almost everything passe and overdone in your classic YA post apocalyptic story and makes the genre seem fresh as the morning sun – her romance threads are realistic, her relationship building is highly natural and the world building is subtle, immersive and well achieved. It’s also bloody clever. Rather than stick with your everyday virus she has created a truly fascinating, scientific geek heaven, honestly believable outbreak and rather than zombies she has….well I’ll let you find out that one for yourself.The sciency (yes I know that’s not really a word) parts are really really riveting, the tech speak is easy to absorb within the narrative, it defines and drives the characters and sets us up for a lot of high thrills and spills action along the way. This is one of those truly immersive novels where you live in it for the moment, a proper page turner that will appeal to all ages, it is an adventure of the classic kind brought into modern times with socially relevant themes running throughout.Seriously also it’s like a YA psychological thriller spun into a fantasy – it has often literally breathtaking twists and turns as our anchor to it all Cat starts to discover some horrific truths behind her honest belief system and starts to methodically yet emotionally untangle a web of deceit that shatters the very centre of her being. The ending will have you up out of your chair, a kind of fist pumping but dammit now I have to wait reaction that encompasses all that has gone before it into one big bubble of reading trauma. Don’t you love it when that happens?Beautifully written, skillfully plotted with that touch of subtle intuitive storytelling that makes a book a word of mouth success, I am rather hopeful that movies and the suchlike will follow. We’ll see. But I get the feeling I just signed on for one HELL of a ride.Highly Recommended.
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  • Genna
    January 1, 1970
    Shoutout to my BFF for sending me an ARC of this.I am SHOOK. People, get this on your TBR list. This Mortal Coil is the perfect blend of disturbing, post-apocalyptic, techie sci-fi (too many adjectives?) action with enough twists to shock even the most intuitive reader. I don't even know how to go about writing a concise synopsis for this novel because there's just too much to digest.Catarina is a talented hacker and the daughter of a legendary geneticist in a world where everyone possesses the Shoutout to my BFF for sending me an ARC of this.I am SHOOK. People, get this on your TBR list. This Mortal Coil is the perfect blend of disturbing, post-apocalyptic, techie sci-fi (too many adjectives?) action with enough twists to shock even the most intuitive reader. I don't even know how to go about writing a concise synopsis for this novel because there's just too much to digest.Catarina is a talented hacker and the daughter of a legendary geneticist in a world where everyone possesses the technology to manipulate their own DNA. It has been two years since a deadly virus began sweeping the planet and two years since Cat's father was forcibly taken by the shady organization Cartaxus to create a vaccine. Ever since, Cat has been living in an isolated cabin, avoiding the volatile Lurkers, and struggling to survive both the elements and the virus. However, the appearance of a soldier belonging to the very organization she has grown to hate and fear throws her into a tailspin. Cole carries not only the life-altering news that Cat's father is dead, but that she is the key to decoding the vaccine needed to save humanity from the evolving virus. Faced with a seemingly impossible task, Cat is forced to call into question not only the truth about her father and Cartaxus, but her entire existence.This Mortal Coil throws around a lot of futuristic tech jargon about coding and gene sequencing that was unfamiliar, but which flows effortlessly in this story. I can't applaud Suvada enough for writing a post-apocalyptic story that felt not only fresh but incredibly smart and relevant. The characters are dynamic, the world building inventive, and the core story shockingly riveting.
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  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    ohmygod this is probably my favorite sci-fi YA novel in 2017, probably my most favorite ever. I love the complexity and the science behind it. I'm so glad I found this book and I wait eagerly for book 2 ❤ ohmygod this is probably my favorite sci-fi YA novel in 2017, probably my most favorite ever. I love the complexity and the science behind it. I'm so glad I found this book and I wait eagerly for book 2 ❤️
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    This book deserves a victory dance for awesomeness. But I'm actually too shocked to move right now. This Mortal Coil is mind-blowingly awesome. Prepare yourselves, I'm afraid this is going to be one of those gushing, I-just-loved-it-so-much reviews. But this book totally deserves it.This Mortal Coil expertly combines breathtaking world building with endless action, insane plot twists that just keep coming, and some seriously amazing characters. Add romance in the midst of apocalyptic chaos with This book deserves a victory dance for awesomeness. But I'm actually too shocked to move right now. This Mortal Coil is mind-blowingly awesome. Prepare yourselves, I'm afraid this is going to be one of those gushing, I-just-loved-it-so-much reviews. But this book totally deserves it.This Mortal Coil expertly combines breathtaking world building with endless action, insane plot twists that just keep coming, and some seriously amazing characters. Add romance in the midst of apocalyptic chaos with intense chemistry, a zombie virus that is wildly spreading, and some very impressive technological advancements that all seamlessly fit with scientific explanations, and you have one amazing book that is impossible to put downCatarina has survived the last two years on her own, doing anything she has to, to outlive the deadly Hydra virus that has killed millions and driven most of the population into hiding underground. Ever since her father, the world's most famous geneticist, was taken by Cartaxus soldiers, Catarina has lived alone, and with limited tech and resources, she has had to rely on her impressive hacking skills to survive. Until a Cartaxus solider turns up on the doorstep of her hideaway cabin. Cole insists he is there to help, but her father warned her never to trust Cartaxus. But Cole demands that her father has finally created an antivirus for the plague and that she is key to unlocking it. This Motal Coil is set in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, where science has evolved so much that humans can recode their DNA using panels in their arms connected to branches of tech within their bodies. But viruses have also evolved, making the world a very deadly place in which to live. The Hydra virus is one seriously scary virus. It makes zombie-like monsters not only out of those infected, but also in those who respond to someone who is in the second stage of the virus - mad, consuming bloodlust that can result in short-term immunity. And that pretty picture on the front of the book? Well, I guess that represents the cloud of flesh exploding when someone dies from the virus. Like I said, scary stuff. This book doesn't pull its punches. I thought I might faint from a few descriptions of the procedures or injuries or, let's just call them, events, in this book. Everything is incredibly realistic and scientifically (to my very limited knowledge) makes sense. There is a lot of discussion woven into the story about genetics, DNA, coding, hacking, and everything that works together to make this world seem so real. It gets frightening pretty quickly when you can totally imagining that all happening in real life.While the plot is amazingly detailed, with endless tension and action, it's the characters that I most loved about this book. Catarina is everything you could want in a strong, intelligent, brave, and feisty heroine of a sci-fi novel. Where another girl might have melted under the hands of the (very, very) handsome solider, Cat tells him to get his hands off or she'll break his fingers. She has survived in a seriously brutal world, is strong and ruthless, but also kind. Despite everything she hasn't lost her humanity. And then there is Cole. A trainer solider, forced to protect, stubborn, and sweet (don't tell him I said that). Together, Cole and Cat are dynamic, and their story only gets better and better the more the plot unfolds. Did I mention twists? Of course, there are also a whole range of amazing secondary characters, a few of which I really want to know a lot more about. Hopefully in the next book. And now I am dying to read book two in this series. I know it is going to be epic and possibly heart-attack inducing but so very worth it. Can't wait. This Mortal Coil is a superbly crafted sci-fi thriller, intelligent, brutal, and impossible to put down, it is very highly recommended.The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    One of the best sci-fi books I've read in awhile. It's high-energy, tech-driven but well explained and something I didn't want to put down. Highly recommend
  • Jen Ryland
    January 1, 1970
    Ahhhhh..... well this seems to be a polarizing kind of book.I am a hypochondriac who gets really freaked out by books or movies about deadly viruses. Still, I am trying to read more sci-fi.My GR feed: "this book is my favorite sci-fi of this year/all time"Also my GR feed: "this has instalove and a tedious/cliche love triangle and is very slow/longwinded"What to do? Try it I guess....
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  • Melina
    January 1, 1970
    WOW. This book destroyed me on so many levels. I have not read such a masterfully crafted plot in a long time, Emily Suvada is a genius. Each plot twist was a shock. The ending of This Mortal Coil is a place I would have never expected from the beginning, and it is so so good. This book is provocative and stunning, I need a finished copy NOW. And the sequel. And the rest of the books in this series.
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  • Sophia
    January 1, 1970
    this cover belongs in a freaking museum i love
  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    “There’s no such thing as right anymore - that ended when the plague hit. Sometimes we need to do awful things to stop worse things from happening. You’re still thinking in terms of right and wrong, but this is war, and the rules have changed.” I don’t think I’ve ever had such mixed feelings about a book in my entire life. On one hand, I LOVED so much of it - the world building, the high stakes, the grey morality, the desperate tone - all things I really enjoyed. However, one twist left me fe “There’s no such thing as right anymore - that ended when the plague hit. Sometimes we need to do awful things to stop worse things from happening. You’re still thinking in terms of right and wrong, but this is war, and the rules have changed.” I don’t think I’ve ever had such mixed feelings about a book in my entire life. On one hand, I LOVED so much of it - the world building, the high stakes, the grey morality, the desperate tone - all things I really enjoyed. However, one twist left me feeling pretty weird, and created this uncomfortable feeling that lasted the rest of the book. Regardless, This Mortal Coil was an experience that I will not soon forget.We follow gene-hacking genius, Catarina Agatta, as she searched for the key to rebuild a vaccine to the deadly Hydra virus and stay out of the clutches of Cartaxus - the shadow organization that captured her father two years ago. With the help of a childhood friend and a few reluctant partners in the form of Cartaxus soldiers, Cat discovers shocking secrets about her past and the world she thought she knew. Things I Liked I really love all the sciencey and genetics aspects in the story. Color me shocked because science really isn’t my thing, but it was all so interesting and believable. I really liked learning all about DNA and genetics. I thought the gene-hacking things was really cool, and I liked that each child who was a part of the Zarathurstra Initiative (Cole, Leoben, Jun Bei, Anna, and Ziana) has some special capability related to their DNA. It was all very compelling and kept me engaged.There was this creepy and anxious overall tone that created tension and uneasiness throughout the whole story, and made it a perfect book to read during this time of the year. There are also SO MANY unexpected revelations. The threats and dangers all seem very real making a high stakes environment that makes you want to keep reading. This world is so morally grey, and I was so here for it. In this world, survival is paramount and most people are willing to do anything to ensure they survive. There are lies and schemes and underhandedness that all blur the lines between right and wrong. I loved seeing Cat confronting this reality that she wanted to ignore.With such high stakes and fast action plot, I was worried the characters would fall to the wayside. But I really became invested in the characters. My heart kept going out to characters and they drew emotion from me. Things I Didn’t Like The book did feel a little too long. I don’t necessarily feel like anything was filler-y, but some parts did drag a bit. The romance started to feel a little forced the more we got into the story. I felt like there were some plot choices made, just to directly influence the romances, and is started to get a little heavy handed.Now for the big twist that made for feel kinda weird. Massive spoilers behind the cut. (view spoiler)[At around the 90% mark we learn that Cat is actually Jun Bei. Jun Bei’s ability is to be able to mimic and change her DNA, and Dr. Lachlan Agatta made her into Cat, erasing all memories of her early life. This reveal made me feel pretty uncomfortable - it felt like we got rid of an Asian American character in Jun Bei, and turned her into a white character, Catarina. I know Lachlan talked about how the knockout kids that were part of the Zarathursa program were born from plague DNA, and we never really get to actually see Jun Bei, but it still made me feel weird. I understand the Cat is fundamentally, and genetically, a different person from Jun Bei. They have different DNA and a different mind, but Cat could hear Jun Bei’s voice in her head, she started to remember her life as Jun Bei, interacting with the other kids from the program. (hide spoiler)] After this reveal, I had this lingering weird feeling that made me enjoy the last 10% of the book less than I expected, given that I really enjoyed everything leading up to it. I still have kinda mixed feeling about this, and I don’t know if I’m overthinking things or what. I really loved so many aspects of the story, and it was an addicting read that kept the pages turning. Unfortunately, the ending was a let down for me and sort of clouded my overall view of the book. Overall, my thoughts are a mess and I don’t really know what I’m feeling.Trigger Warning for gore and graphic medical proceduresI received a copy of the book from Simon Pulse via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • ☘Tara Sheehan☘
    January 1, 1970
    Sci-Fi, Romance, Dystopian, YA, Thriller – this one novel covers a wide spectrum of interests to please the masses. Throw in some villains, heroes, plagues, and conspiracies on top of the multi-genre and you are not going to be bored with this unpredictable story with its plot twists and depth. You can tell from the writing style and detail that Suvada put time and effort into research as the believability factor was high considering the type of storylines presented. Even within the concept of a Sci-Fi, Romance, Dystopian, YA, Thriller – this one novel covers a wide spectrum of interests to please the masses. Throw in some villains, heroes, plagues, and conspiracies on top of the multi-genre and you are not going to be bored with this unpredictable story with its plot twists and depth. You can tell from the writing style and detail that Suvada put time and effort into research as the believability factor was high considering the type of storylines presented. Even within the concept of a deadly virus overtaking the world, how she had her characters act felt realistic to the situations they faced. I’m fairly certain what happened to the infected is a new twist because the Walking Dead phenomena definitely was not copied here. The scientific principles used such as genetic coding and manipulation made sense because that already happens in real life. With her strong background in science and math it’s easy to see how the author was able to create a fantasy with this much realism. She must have employed a great deal of her own experience and knowledge into the characters. The main character, Cat has scary talents with tech so I’m wondering how much of herself the author poured into forming this character. She’s incredibly strong and a wonderful female character which I enjoyed since too often strong characters in SciFi novels are given to men while women get the supporting roles but that was flipped in this book. Even if you have an unfamiliarity with the tech, science and language Suvada employs in her novel there is enough context to get you through or you can look at this as a learning experience to expand your interests through some google searches to fill in the holes of what you don’t know.This novel is going to explode through the YA genre and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a movie option not too far off in the future.
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  • Haniya (Voracious Bookling)
    January 1, 1970
    Original Post: http://booknauthors.blogspot.com/2017...Catarina Aggata is the daughter of the renowed geneticist, Dr Lachlan Aggata. When a dangerous plague attacks the world, Lachlan Aggata creates such vaccine that can finish this deathly plague. Catarina gets the news of her father's death through a soldier of Cartaxus, Cole but she doesn't beleieves him entirely. Now it's in Cat's hand to find & unlock the vaccine so as to save the humanity which is on the edge of extinction. But who sho Original Post: http://booknauthors.blogspot.com/2017...Catarina Aggata is the daughter of the renowed geneticist, Dr Lachlan Aggata. When a dangerous plague attacks the world, Lachlan Aggata creates such vaccine that can finish this deathly plague. Catarina gets the news of her father's death through a soldier of Cartaxus, Cole but she doesn't beleieves him entirely. Now it's in Cat's hand to find & unlock the vaccine so as to save the humanity which is on the edge of extinction. But who should she even trust, her father or this soldier, Cole? OMG HERE I PRESENT YOU THE REVIEW OF THE MOST BOMB-EST BOOK OF 2017!This book is legit my first 5 star read of 2017! It was so good, so cinematic, so action filled, such beautiful romance, dirty betrayals, cringy surgeries. I'm just so speechless I don't even know what to write. Catarina is one friggin kick ass character & Oh MY COLE!!!! He's such a nice character so cute aaaghhh. Characters that I hated: Dax, Marcus & Lachlan. You'll find out why :/ Suvada's writing is sooooo beautiful. She has this way of making her reader just badly hooked to her book. The way she twists the plot, the way she slowly builds the tension, the slow romance torture, it's just stupendous. The novel is unique in every way. I'm so glad that I ended up winning this ARC. I really hope some bomb producer ends up reading this book cause I NEED A MOVIE...Overall, I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON EARTH. I CAN'T STOP FANGIRLING.......
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  • LB
    January 1, 1970
    I adore this book. It's everything you could ever want in a sci-fi novel: inventive, smart, poignant... The science and technology is brilliant, the characters are dynamic, and the prose is beautiful. This will be your new favorite book. November can't come quickly enough.
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  • Dreximgirl
    January 1, 1970
    Set in a future where humanity has been devastated by a terrible plague and implanted tech is the norm Emily Suvada has created a story which is clever and complex as well as being emotional and gripping. The plot is smart and intricate and I very quickly connected to the characters especially the main character Cat. I don't want to give too much away but I loved the twists and turns and the big plot twists towards the end are superb. I cannot wait for more in this series and I recommend it to a Set in a future where humanity has been devastated by a terrible plague and implanted tech is the norm Emily Suvada has created a story which is clever and complex as well as being emotional and gripping. The plot is smart and intricate and I very quickly connected to the characters especially the main character Cat. I don't want to give too much away but I loved the twists and turns and the big plot twists towards the end are superb. I cannot wait for more in this series and I recommend it to anybody who enjoys a gripping and enjoyable dystopian thriller. I found it very hard to put down.I was granted an arc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Karrie
    January 1, 1970
    I had the pleasure of reading This Mortal Coil in its beta stages, and wow - what an incredible ride. Literally. A thrilling race against time and disease until the very end, with a badass bio-tech hacker female lead. A total page-turner. Everything about this book is badass. READ IT!
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  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    January 1, 1970
    There are a very short handful of books that stand out to me this year, and this is one of them. The setup is like a lot of dystopian YA thrillers-- a deadly virus takes over the world, rather zombie like virus, but the dying explode, making transmission even higher. Cat is the daughter of an esteemed scientist who is the world's only hope for making a vaccine, but he and his protege are taken away from Cat in the first few pages of the book by Cartaxus, a corporation that has nefarious plans to There are a very short handful of books that stand out to me this year, and this is one of them. The setup is like a lot of dystopian YA thrillers-- a deadly virus takes over the world, rather zombie like virus, but the dying explode, making transmission even higher. Cat is the daughter of an esteemed scientist who is the world's only hope for making a vaccine, but he and his protege are taken away from Cat in the first few pages of the book by Cartaxus, a corporation that has nefarious plans to restrict the vaccine. Her father warns Cat to stay out of the hands of Cartaxus and never let them learn of her existence. She spend the next two years trying to stay alive before a Cartaxus soldier comes to the house looking for her, and her life changes forever.This whole book was a rollercoaster ride and in the best way possible. I was on the edge of my seat because the pulse pounding moments just keep coming and coming and then twist after twist pummels me. I loved the integration of coding and genetic manipulation, which honestly when this happens in real life, that's likely the combination that will be the key. The science for YA is very good, probably the best I've seen, and while there are some hand wavey parts to it, overall it's impressive. The coding stuff is excellent, which makes sense since Suvada is a coder herself.OK, I just had to get that out of the way because most science in these books makes me very angry, and Suvada did a great job so had to put that first. Probably the best part though, are the characters, and especially Cat, the protagonist really grounds the story. She is super likeable and the whole time I was holding my breath to see her get out of impossible situations. Cole is hot, and I love the gradual build up to whatever is going on between them. Cat's father, the scientist, even though he's not really present in the story, is one of the most interesting characters-- just learning about his past and what kind of person he is was really fascinating. There have been some excellent science fiction in YA this year, and all three of my top picks (including Warcross and Nyxia), have all been science fiction, and I can't wait to see what Suvada does next (hopefully it's a sequel to This Mortal Coil!).
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  • Joanna Szabo
    January 1, 1970
    I am officially a This Mortal Coil evangelist. I am ride or die for this book. You like sci-fi? Romance? Detailed (but thankfully fictional) science? Apocalyptic fiction? Government conspiracies? Family drama? Romance? Bad boys? Plagues? Unexpectedly graphic things? Unpredictable yet perfectly set up plot twists? Yelling at books? Pretty covers? Then this book is for you. This Mortal Coil is, hands-down, the best book I've read this year, and I've read around 35 really good books this year. I wi I am officially a This Mortal Coil evangelist. I am ride or die for this book. You like sci-fi? Romance? Detailed (but thankfully fictional) science? Apocalyptic fiction? Government conspiracies? Family drama? Romance? Bad boys? Plagues? Unexpectedly graphic things? Unpredictable yet perfectly set up plot twists? Yelling at books? Pretty covers? Then this book is for you. This Mortal Coil is, hands-down, the best book I've read this year, and I've read around 35 really good books this year. I will buy this book immediately when it pubs. I'm too excited to write a well-crafted review for this. Just read it.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars because it was that good. It is not often that I find a book that makes me want it to never end but this book did. It was such a good book. It had depth beyond what a lot of Young Adult books attempt. The author clearly did her research into these subjects and it shows. My only regret is that it is an ARC and now I have to wait even longer for the sequel. Seriously though this book just earned a spot in my favorite books of all time category.
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  • theresa 🌸🥑
    January 1, 1970
    UM THIS COVER IS GORGEOUSSSS
  • Kelli Spear
    January 1, 1970
    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 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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  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know what this is about but I am here for that gorgeous cover!!!
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