Book Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

33876440Catarina 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?

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Book Review: Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes by Holly Bourne

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Cover.jpgWelcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make – who each have their own reasons for being there. Luckily Olive has a plan to solve all their problems. But how do you fix the world when you can’t fix yourself?


Book Review:

Irritating. Frustrating. Freaking Irritating. I never encountered an infuriating character until Holly Bourne’s Olive in Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes. I am aware that Holly Bourne writes a book about how mental illness feels like. It was compelling and plausible that Bourne crafted a unique and remarkable portrait of the illness that she wants the readers to feel while being inside of Olive’s head. But this book is the first one where I like a book but doesn’t like the main protagonist. With conviction. It is possible, right?

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