This Mortal Coil
By: Emily Suvada
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Page Count: 411
Genre: Dystopia, Scifi
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?
The first section of this review will be spoiler free.
Firstly, happy Thanksgiving weekend to all my fellow Canadians. I hope you are all having a fabulous meal and lots of extra reading time!
I had been hearing about this book for some time, and then my roommate told me how much she absolutely loved it and so I knew I had to give it a go! And man was she right, this book was by far one of the best I have read in a quite a while. First, it was so refreshing to read a unique and different scifi novel, usually they are based on a space ship or on an alien planet, but this one took place on earth. The whole concept of a future where people have apps inside them and can re-sequence their genes to give themselves different abilities was so intriguing, and honestly quite realistic. Cat was a great main character, she was dynamic and badass (I mean she’s a genius rebel hacker, need I say more?). All the other characters were well thought out and very complex as well. I found myself just as invested in their stories as I was in Cat’s.
The book was written in a very cinematic way, I could clearly picture all the events that the author described, and I could easily see it becoming a great movie. The imagery was just so well done, it was truly un-put-downable (lol can we make that a word?). I would also say if you aren’t a huge scifi person this is still a good book to pick up because it definitely leaned more towards dystopia than true since fiction. It didn’t have overly complex world building, and any information we were given came at a slow enough pace that it blended seamlessly with the rest of the story telling.
I would highly recommend this book, and I am already counting down to the sequel. This book ends on a huge twist that I loved! It was so unexpected and added a whole new dynamic to the story. So definitely run to your nearest bookstore and grab a copy!
Ok so just to double check anyone who hasn’t read the book you should NOT be reading this section, don’t say I didn’t warn you! The biggest spoiler of all is that Cat turns out to actually be Jun bei (the girl Cole was in love with who was also experimented on by Lachlan). So Lachlan took her, changed her appearance, surpassed her memories and made her believe he was her father for three whole years. That is INSANE, like what kind os psycho does that?! I love that she is really Jun, I think that was so unexpected because they talk about them like two separate people through most of the book. The fact that Lachlan turned out to be an evil mad scientist type was frankly unsurprising, he just screamed unstable from the get go. I am really interested to see how things progress in the second book, especially since they know he is still alive and out there planning something!
Have you read this book? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!