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?
I enjoyed this book more than I expected. I’m glad that I received this book as the Book of the Month from Wanderlust Reader’s book box. This Mortal Coil is a challenging book that will make you believe lies, lies, full of lies. Unexpected twist that I didn’t see coming. There’s a lot of revelations, questioned values and morality, and alignment of a point of views. Why? Because This Mortal Coil is the perfect example of good intentions gone bad.
I really find fascinating stories where the villain was previously and intentionally good. They are kind-hearted in the past and yet they take that one leap because of their focused-belief. It gave me the feeling of where I was watching a documentary asking me to save one man or kill that individual to save the five. Whichever you choose, you are still violating a life and that’s what I thought with this book. Didn’t just violating life, giving an identity not even known to yourself? It is petrifying.
What sold me with this book is the teaser at the back with DNA genetic codes. Why you ask? Because I belong in the medical field and I find it enjoyable reading those medical terms, is explained in layman’s term and agree to the most aspect of the book. I would like to commend Emily Suvada for writing it so well that I find it so amusing.
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada is a stunning representation of young adult science-fiction with a fast-paced writing style. It will make you grip a lot and logical turn of events. Their situation might be scary and there is a lot of fear in sight. The battle for their life and survival is on edge but that’s what makes this book more exciting. Also, I remember that I like this book because it reminds me of the anime Tokyo Ghoul; the anime’s main concept is survival of two species – the humans and the Ghouls but the Ghouls has to eat humans to survive. It wasn’t their choice to eat humans for them to live. Isn’t it just truly terrifying that they’ve been eliminated because of their nature?
Yes. It could be scary to humans but what choices left for the Ghouls in this situation? Well, going back to This Mortal Coil – the book put one of this concept on the main problem of the book. The battle of morality and your conscious mind whether to have immunity by just killing the others to live or to let them die but you are also going to die? Which one you choose, This Mortal Coil will dare you to imagine the worst possible equation and that is incredible.
MY RATINGS: 4.5 STARS.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emily Suvada was born and raised in Australia, where she went on to study mathematics and astrophysics. She previously worked as a data scientist, and still spends hours writing algorithms to perform tasks which would only take minutes to complete on her own. When not writing, she can be found hiking, cycling, and conducting chemistry experiments in her kitchen. She currently lives in Portland, OR, with her husband.