Book Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Nature Designed This Plague As a Double-Edged Sword

I heard about This Mortal Coil just after it’s release and I knew I needed to read this. But it wasn’t as great as I had hoped.

Book Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada


Title & Author: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
Genre: Dystopia, Science-Fiction
Release Date: November 2 2017
Series: This Mortal Coil
Publisher: Penguin Books


When a lone soldier, Cole, arrives with news of Lachlan Agatta’s death, all hope seems lost for Catarina. Her father was the world’s leading geneticist, and humanity’s best hope of beating a devastating virus. Then, hidden beneath Cole’s genehacked enhancements she finds a message of hope: Lachlan created a vaccine.

Only she can find and decrypt it, if she can unravel the clues he left for her. The closer she gets, the more she finds herself at risk from Cartaxus, a shadowy organization with a stranglehold on the world’s genetic tech. But it’s too late to turn back.

There are three billion lives at stake, two people who can save them, and one final secret that Cat must unlock. A secret that will change everything.

I give This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada four out of five hearts. I think the book has potential but I had rather seen that Catarina had only been the main character and not the hero too.

Catarina in my eyes felt like a spit personality (this might be meant this way) because she responds completely random to certain things. I didn’t like her and in the beginning I thought she was just the main character and not the hero, but this soon turned out to not be true.

Cole was the big depressed guy that was also the love interest. I couldn’t care for him and think that if Emily Suvada had gone with him as the hero instead of Catarina.

The story world is interesting because of the possibilities with the gene hacking and the issues in the world. I found the virus also interesting and I am hoping there will be more information about the how and why of it in the next novel.

The story itself had one big no-no, in my eyes. Where Catarina is about to sacrifice herself for the fate of the world, but then survives it anyway. I hate that!

Overall I was a bit disappointed with the characters, but I loved the story mostly. I am looking forward to October when This Cruel Design, the second part of this series, will come out.

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