This Cruel Design (This Mortal Coil, #2)
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.

This Cruel Design (This Mortal Coil, #2) Details

TitleThis Cruel Design (This Mortal Coil, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 30th, 2018
PublisherSimon Pulse
ISBN-139781481496360
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopia

This Cruel Design (This Mortal Coil, #2) Review

  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
    January 1, 1970
    CAN THIS COME OUT RIGHT NOW PLEASE?? 😩 That cover is so gorgeous
  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    i have no idea what happened in this book but a lot of it was wild so i guess that's something. suvada does not fail to keep readers on their toes, that's for sure.
  • Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
    January 1, 1970
    So Excitedddd!!!! I'm liking the title!
  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely stunning. This Cruel Design is the epic second book in the This Mortal Coil series and it is every bit as incredible, well-written, and addictive as the first book. This Cruel Design lived up to every expectation and high standard set by its predecessor. Fast-faced and intelligent, This Cruel Design ramps up the tension and the stakes, introducing new characters and pushing the boundaries on everything once thought possible for genetics and technology.Cat might have found a vaccine fo Absolutely stunning. This Cruel Design is the epic second book in the This Mortal Coil series and it is every bit as incredible, well-written, and addictive as the first book. This Cruel Design lived up to every expectation and high standard set by its predecessor. Fast-faced and intelligent, This Cruel Design ramps up the tension and the stakes, introducing new characters and pushing the boundaries on everything once thought possible for genetics and technology.Cat might have found a vaccine for the deadly Hydra plague, but the journey has revealed secrets that shattered her world and has left her reeling, no longer truly knowing who she is or what her purpose should be. Camping in the woods with Cole and Leoben, Cat is hoping for a chance to regroup and decide on her next move, but time is running out if she is going to prevent Lachlan from reprogramming humanity. She also needs to learn how to control her new panel and deal with the memory glitches that threaten to reveal more secrets. This Cruel Design was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it certainly did not disappoint. It was all too easy to fall back into the This Mortal Coil world. Not only are the plot and characters so unique that they have clearly stuck in my head since reading This Mortal Coil, but the first chapter of This Cruel Design gives a quick recap, to catch readers back up on the actions and the events that have transpired in the week since the conclusion of the first book. But readers don’t have long before being flung back into the action and constant twists and turns, and let me say that Emily Suvada really steps it up. What it takes to survive in a world bent on destruction, the fight for humanity, pushes Cat, Cole, Leo and the others to extremes. New characters are introduced, old ones reappear, and relationships become more complicated. The realms of possibility are pushed even further, with better tech and more extreme methods of coding and animal mutations like luminescent pigeons. Yet thanks to the writing style and science that underpins it all, everything feels realistic and within the grasp of our own (hopefully not, though) future, which makes it all the scarier and impactful. This Cruel Design is sure to please fans of This Mortal Coil - it certainly made this fan very happy. While it is the second book in the series, it is by no means merely a placeholder, introducing new information and major plot twists and perfectly setting the scene for an epic third book. If you haven’t read This Mortal Coil yet, then I highly recommend it. I can’t keep it on our library shelves it’s so popular and readers reluctantly return it with exclamations and profound reviews such as “oh my god, this book is amazing.” And really, that’s all you need to know, because both book one and two are purely amazing - science fiction at its very best.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 LibraryBefore reading:This is going to be amazing!!! This Mortal Coil is one of my favourite books, and now, thanks to the publishers I am able to start reading this now. Thank you!!!!! Woooo. I’m excited.
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  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    OMG LOOK WOW THE COVER IS SO GORGEOUS (not as great as the first but still really pretty) IT NEEDS TO COME FASTER GAH! (cover release info here)
  • Siobhan Bejr
    January 1, 1970
    I thankfully had the amazing opportunity of reading a proof copy!In 'This Mortal Coil' I found that Emily's biggest issues was the random input of things into the story. Often things that were needed to make everything work but put in like a last minute resort with no tactic of blending. While having an amazing story line and wicked plot twists, it had been on the verge of being too complicated and almost having too many 'out of left field' twists that would easily have confused a reader.I'm hap I thankfully had the amazing opportunity of reading a proof copy!In 'This Mortal Coil' I found that Emily's biggest issues was the random input of things into the story. Often things that were needed to make everything work but put in like a last minute resort with no tactic of blending. While having an amazing story line and wicked plot twists, it had been on the verge of being too complicated and almost having too many 'out of left field' twists that would easily have confused a reader.I'm happy to say that both of these have improved in 'This Cruel Design'! While only one "event" popped up out of the blue with no nice blending, it wasn't as drastic as ones in the previous book.I'm still in love with the pigeons and think they are the best genetic mutation in this book (especially when they become fluorescent at night time!).Plot twists were wicked, though I expected nothing less and definitely had me sitting there thinking 'what the hell just happened?!'I'm loving this series and definitely excited for book number 3!!
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  • Genna
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet Jesus, that ending! I’m screaming._____________________The wait for this will probably kill me. LOVE this cover design!
  • Maxine
    January 1, 1970
    In a future where everyone has technology embedded in them, a virus had wiped out much of the population. A vaccine had been discovered to stop it but now the virus has mutated. Eighteen-year old Catarina (Cat), a brilliant coder, and her friends are in a race to find a permanent solution to the virus before a powerful organization enacts its own solution.This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada is one unputdownable YA scifi read. It’s a well-written well-plotted tale with a breakneck pace that rarely In a future where everyone has technology embedded in them, a virus had wiped out much of the population. A vaccine had been discovered to stop it but now the virus has mutated. Eighteen-year old Catarina (Cat), a brilliant coder, and her friends are in a race to find a permanent solution to the virus before a powerful organization enacts its own solution.This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada is one unputdownable YA scifi read. It’s a well-written well-plotted tale with a breakneck pace that rarely slows to give the reader breathing space and it kept me glued to the page from start to finish. Every time I thought I should put it down to do something else like, oh, get some sleep, it was just one more sentence, one more page, one more chapter. I didn’t realize when I started that this was the second book in a series but it didn’t affect my enjoyment. And now the first, This Mortal Coil, has already been added to my TBR list and I will be waiting impatiently for future book(s) by this author.. I would recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys a well-written series with an intriguing premise, fascinating technology, interesting characters, and a compelling story. Loved it!Thanks to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review
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  • Sarah Hollowell
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a wonderful, exciting sequel. Second books in trilogies can often feel like they're just a bridge from one book to the next, without having much identity of their own, and they can drag because of that.THIS CRUEL DESIGN? It did not do that. It's a fast-paced book and once you get to a certain point you can't stop reading. Or at least I couldn't. There were so many revelations and twists happening, but they didn't feel overwhelming or contrived, they were just EXCITING. I am very re This was such a wonderful, exciting sequel. Second books in trilogies can often feel like they're just a bridge from one book to the next, without having much identity of their own, and they can drag because of that.THIS CRUEL DESIGN? It did not do that. It's a fast-paced book and once you get to a certain point you can't stop reading. Or at least I couldn't. There were so many revelations and twists happening, but they didn't feel overwhelming or contrived, they were just EXCITING. I am very ready for book 3 now, thank u
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  • Clephiro (The Book Coven)
    January 1, 1970
    I firstly want to applaud the author's work on the science in the book. The best science fiction happens when the science fiction could potentially be the technology of tomorrow. A lot of the concepts related to genes in the book are based on areas of active research in the science community So I'm definitely impressed by the author's development of science concepts in the book.The writing was pretty solid, the only issue I really had with the book is the fact that the first 20 or so pages compl I firstly want to applaud the author's work on the science in the book. The best science fiction happens when the science fiction could potentially be the technology of tomorrow. A lot of the concepts related to genes in the book are based on areas of active research in the science community So I'm definitely impressed by the author's development of science concepts in the book.The writing was pretty solid, the only issue I really had with the book is the fact that the first 20 or so pages completely invalidates all of the work of the first book. There were also a few decisions that the author made in terms of characters and development that just didn't quite resonate with me.Overall though, it was a fun follow up to a strong scifi. It does suffer a bit from second book syndrome, but I have hopes for the third.
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    Before release thoughts:Ohhhhhh, ya girl is so ready for this. I miss these characters, I'm still shook about that plot twist(s), and I'm so excited for this book. This is probably my most anticipated release of 2018- no pressure!
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    I liked This Cruel Design a lot.  It starts off right where This Mortal Coil ends.  If you haven't read book one yet, you probably don't want to read my review.  Cat, Leoben, and Cole are recovering from everything that happened at the end of book one.  Cat is training to fight with Lee.  I really love their relationship and Leoben might be my favorite character after Cat.  They are found quickly by Dax and they go to Cartaxus.  It is found that there is another virus.  The vaccine doesn't work I liked This Cruel Design a lot.  It starts off right where This Mortal Coil ends.  If you haven't read book one yet, you probably don't want to read my review.  Cat, Leoben, and Cole are recovering from everything that happened at the end of book one.  Cat is training to fight with Lee.  I really love their relationship and Leoben might be my favorite character after Cat.  They are found quickly by Dax and they go to Cartaxus.  It is found that there is another virus.  The vaccine doesn't work with this one.  They are all sent (with some extra help) to Entropia to see if they can find Lachlan.  Entropia is full of genehackers, including Regina who rules there.   Cat is having more memories from her time as June Bei.  She remembers being at Entropia before.  While they are there, not only are they fighting to save people, but Cat is finding out a lot of secrets from her past.I really can't get into too much without giving away the plot twists.  The pacing was great and it left me wanting more.  I'm very curious to see what is going to happen after that ending.Thank you to Edelweiss for my copy for review. I gave this one 4 1/2 stars.
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  • Lydia Hephzibah
    January 1, 1970
    honestly i'm not 100% sure what just happened. this book was a lot more confusing than book 1 and it didn't blow my mind nearly as much. there were times that some really good twists seemed to get absorbed in everything else going on. still good and leads into a promising 3rd book, but not as grwat as i was expecting
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  • michelle (magicalreads)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsum wowrtc
  • Kristen Ludwigsen
    January 1, 1970
    Could not keep this down!! I cannot wait to hold the hardback in my hands and read it all over again.
  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Well...now that I've recovered (somewhat) from my book hangover, I can say - WOW. This book is awesome. There will be a longer, more complete review coming from vampirebookclub.net!
  • ClaireEva
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 ⭐ 4.5 ⭐️
  • Leah (Jane Speare)
    January 1, 1970
    These books aren’t perfect. But they are creative, smart, and fast-paced, and there will definitely be a third one! Talk about cliffhanger last lines...
  • Bella (Cheezyfeet Books)
    January 1, 1970
    This book was sooo good. I found it quite complicated and a bit confusing sometimes so that’s the reason for only 4 stars but it is such a great sequel! Can’t wait for the next one now 😱
  • C.J. Sarcasm & Lemons
    January 1, 1970
    Holy shit. Amazeballs.Full review to come
  • Elbie
    January 1, 1970
    More science! More twists! More people exploding! I don't know how Emily does it, but she wows me every time. This time around, the world is even more intricate, and the character development is even deeper. The prose is beautiful, and the plot is tight and complex. And that ending will make you want to throw the book across the room.
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  • Hilary (SongsWroteMyStory)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from Simon & Schuster Canada through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.So when the opportunity came up to request this book, I actually thought it was something else, and the second of another series I'd started a while back. It was only when the approval came through that I realized my error. Oops. Thankfully, a friend had read the first book, and was able to give me the overall idea of what had happened in that one that I was able to dive into this o I received a copy of this book from Simon & Schuster Canada through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.So when the opportunity came up to request this book, I actually thought it was something else, and the second of another series I'd started a while back. It was only when the approval came through that I realized my error. Oops. Thankfully, a friend had read the first book, and was able to give me the overall idea of what had happened in that one that I was able to dive into this one without too much confusion or throwing off my reading schedule to add in an extra book.Make sure to always double check the series if you're requesting a sequel for review, folks.However, this book was one hell of a ride. From the first chapter, you're completely hooked and on this adventure that you're not sure is going to go all that well, and every single time you think to yourself, 'I think I'll go do something else now', it tosses another curveball at you. Before you know it, you've read a hundred pages because you couldn't stop reading.The Good Points of This Cruel Design:With any second book, you go into it wondering if it's going to be another placeholder or filler until you get to the good stuff in the third book, but that is definitely not the case. And if it is, the first book must be stellar. The author went all out for this one, and it really shows throughout the book and how the story progresses.The pacing in this book is to die for. It's something akin to being on a runaway train or a rocket or something else insanely fast. You fly through this and so much happens and you can't possibly put it down because you feel like you'll miss something while you're away from it.I loved all the tech throughout this book. I don't know a lot about that sort of thing beyond generally how to use technology, but I never felt lost or confused when it came to that aspect of this book, even though some of it was rather intense. At the same time, though, if you do know about tech, you probably also won't be bored by over-explaining, because that didn't happen either. It was a great balance.I loved the way they discussed using technology to alter the human form and DNA. Though perhaps not the point of the book, it did bring up some interesting points and made me think more about how we manipulate ourselves, even in our current time. The Downsides of This Cruel Design:I wasn't super impressed with the characters throughout this book. They all felt a little the same to me, other than the odd one or two traits here or there. I kept mixing up the boys especially in the first hundred pages or so.Though I loved the pacing, sometimes things just kind of showed up at the perfect time and happened to work, and seemed to have no other context. Which maybe is because I only got the overview of the first book, but sometimes left me a little thrown off.All in all, this book was brilliantly done, and I think I need to go back and read the first one now, because I feel like I've missed out. If you're into technology-based science fiction or enjoy fast-paced books, you should definitely check out this series!
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  • Teri
    January 1, 1970
    The first book in this series, This Mortal Coil, was one of my most captivating reads last year.  Any books involving genetic engineering?  Yes, please.  I was so excited to receive an ARC of This Cruel Design, but also cautiously optimistic that it would live up to my heightened expectations.  No worries - it more than delivered, and is just as addictive as the first book.I  had no trouble falling right back into Cat's world, but still appreciate the recap in the first couple of chapters.  Stro The first book in this series, This Mortal Coil, was one of my most captivating reads last year.  Any books involving genetic engineering?  Yes, please.  I was so excited to receive an ARC of This Cruel Design, but also cautiously optimistic that it would live up to my heightened expectations.  No worries - it more than delivered, and is just as addictive as the first book.I  had no trouble falling right back into Cat's world, but still appreciate the recap in the first couple of chapters.  Strong characterization is one of the strong points of this series, and I thought I knew these characters' secrets - wrong.  So very wrong.  More gasp-worthy secrets, hidden agendas, surprising relationship reveals - strap yourselves in and be prepared.  The coding technology continues to thrill my inner science geek, and comes across as absolutely realistic the way it's written.  With a unique plot line, strong, likable characters pushed to their limits, a fast pace, and futuristic technology, this series will appeal to YA sci-fi fans, and is easily a crossover.  My wait for the next book will not be patient or pleasant. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.  
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  • Gemma McGee
    January 1, 1970
    This Cruel Design is a masterpiece of storytelling.  It melds action, technology, romance in a dangerous apocalyptic world.The tension and stake are higher , the pace faster in This Cruel Design, technology is pushing boundaries you would never thought of. The twist will take your breathe away and make you thing double check what you have read. As the leading lady Cat is a fascinating, she is strong, intelligent and is trying her best in a bad situation. Her relationship between Cat and the othe This Cruel Design is a masterpiece of storytelling.  It melds action, technology, romance in a dangerous apocalyptic world.The tension and stake are higher , the pace faster in This Cruel Design, technology is pushing boundaries you would never thought of. The twist will take your breathe away and make you thing double check what you have read. As the leading lady Cat is a fascinating, she is strong, intelligent and is trying her best in a bad situation. Her relationship between Cat and the other characters keep you gripped, her reaction changed when she starts remember more. When I had finished the book, I was desperate to read the next book. Actually as I am writing this review I am still want no I need the next book. 
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  • Mary Hlavacka
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book! It was a very interesting take on a dystopian future that ends with a setup for another book. I did feel a bit confused when reading the book when it came to understanding how the panels and codes work to have effects on the characters minds and bodies and their abilities to hack into software. I spent quite a bit of time being confused when reading this, although I can’t really blame the book or author for not reading the first book (I won this in a giveaway and only I really enjoyed this book! It was a very interesting take on a dystopian future that ends with a setup for another book. I did feel a bit confused when reading the book when it came to understanding how the panels and codes work to have effects on the characters minds and bodies and their abilities to hack into software. I spent quite a bit of time being confused when reading this, although I can’t really blame the book or author for not reading the first book (I won this in a giveaway and only received this book and not the first one). All in all, great book and I definitely recommend reading the first book before this one as it’s not really one that can stand alone.
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  • Patrycja
    January 1, 1970
    I need part 3 right now!!!!Just, as predicted, I couldn't put down this novel. I don't know how author is doing it, but she makes it impossible to stop reading. There are so many unexpected turns in the story. The whole concept is so genius and the series is so brilliant! I love the writing style, the characters, the whole story.I need more. And I need it now!(I won this book through GoodReads Giveaway).
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  • Joanna Szabo
    January 1, 1970
    My mind is too blown to write a proper review, and I'm probably also not skilled enough to write an intelligible but spoiler-free review—but I'm very, very pleased, and I can't wait to hold a beautiful finished hardcover in October.
  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    This book never stops its full blast forward, never a dull moment. Character development happens while things blow up :) Cat is a smart, gutsy MC I can't get enough of. Love the gene-hacking, coding, and the science behind the science fiction.
  • Katie Smith
    January 1, 1970
    .....what just happened!?Review forthcoming
  • Breanna
    January 1, 1970
    I was under the impression that this was a duology, so those last couple of chapters really had me going crazy 😂 RTC!
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