TITLE: This Mortal Coil
AUTHOR: Emily Suvada
PAGE EXTENT: 464
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books UK
GENRE: Young Adult Science Fiction
MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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?
WHOA. WHOA. WHOA. WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN? THERE ARE SO MANY THOUGHTS CLOGGING MY BRAIN AFTER READING THIS BOOK. I HADN’T BRACED MYSELF FOR AN IMPACT OF THIS MAGNITUDE! DAMN!
A deadly virus. Super deadly. Causes people to DETONATE. Yes, like a BOMB. Causes healthy people to EAT the flesh of infected people to stay immune by invoking what is called THE WRATH. Has forced most of the population into underground bunkers. The world is about to end. Shit is about to get real. Emily Suvada definitely knows how to set the bar super high and jump over it! She doesn’t shy away from brutality and knows EXACTLY where she is taking this whirlwind of a story!
This story is set in a dystopian world and our protagonist, Catarina Agatta is an expert hacker who hacks into the servers of an evil organization called Cartaxus and stays alone in a cabin after her father, the world-famous geneticist Lachlan Agatta was taken away by Cartaxus. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot here because its best to dive in UNPREPARED!
THIS IS DYSTOPIAN WORLD-BUILDING AT ITS BEST. People have panels embedded in their forearms that regulate every single bodily function and has apps to modify every aspect of the body, everything being genetically coded! The panel sends what are called Nanites into the body through wires that grow out from the panel which is only a chip that’s embedded when a person is born. LIKE HONESTLY, HOW DID EMILY COME UP WITH THIS AMAZING GEEKY CONCEPT? Being a medschool student, my jaw dropped with awe (LITERALLY!) as I was reading all of this crazy genetic stuff. I began to wonder, DOES EMILY HAVE THIS VERY SAME TECH SECRETLY EMBEDDED IN HER BODY, BECAUSE DAMN, HER BRAIN IS A MARVEL!
If there is an award for the most number of plot twists in a book, this book undoubtedly deserves it! There are a TON of plot twists in this book. It had me GASPING and shouting “WHAT IN SEVEN HELLS JUST HAPPENED?” in almost EVERY chapter! The story is going in a particular direction and you’re happy that things are progressing smoothly and BOOM! Emily throws a grenade at you (and probably evil laughs – haha reader! Didn’t see that coming, did ya? (insert evil face emojis here) ) EMILY IS A PLOTTING QUEEN!
THIS BOOK IS A LITERARY MARVEL. Honestly, this underrated book deserves all the hype, because trust me, it’s THAT GOOOOOD! I picked this book up with bucketloads of expectations and it didn’t disappoint me ONE BIT! It even exceeded my expectations, to be very honest! It is so high-paced you won’t realize yourself fretting and frantically turning the pages to know what happens next!
This book also featured a love triangle which seemed unnecessary at one point but it didn’t hinder the mind-blowing plotline in any way, so I’m all cool with it. I loved the side characters as well and this book will stay with you long after you have turned the last page.
IF I COULD GIVE THIS BOOK ALL THE STARS IN THE UNIVERSE, I MOST DEFINITELY WOULD! If there is one book I want to shove in people’s faces and force them to read, it’s this one! BLESS YOURSELF BY PICKING UP THIS BADASS BEAUTY OF A BOOK! TRUST ME, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT FOR A SINGLE SECOND! (Gosh! The number of capital letters in this review is clearly an indication of how psyched I am!)
In a single sentence, PICK UP THIS BOOK. NOW! Period.