This Mortal Coil
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Penguin Books Ltd
November 2nd 2017
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.
A fantastic dystopian novel
I was lucky and won an arc copy of This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada on Twitter. However, it took me ages to get around to reading it. Very normal considering how many books I read! But once I started reading it, I loved it. What a fantastic dystopian story.
Everything about This Mortal Coil screamed to me. The world building is sheer brilliance. The way that Suvada is able to weave together a world that you want to know about is incredible. I adore the way in which she is able to bring forth a gritty dystopian atmosphere. Isolation, plague, and cannibalism to stay alive. Her writing style is honestly one of the reasons that I couldn’t put down This Mortal Coil. Even though I have read stories about girls who try to survive a post-apocalyptic world, Suvada made it feel brand new.
I also adore the concept of gene-hacking. The way characters in This Mortal Coil are able to alter themselves with different tech kits is super cool. Healing kits, strength kits, kits that can change how you look, it’s fabulous. It is super in depth and I love how it is super sciencey (it’s a word shh). It isn’t hard to follow. I like how there is a lot of science-fiction elements that are used in describing the hacking.
“There’s no such thing as right anymore – that ended when the plaque hit. Sometimes we need to do awful things to stop worse things from happening… this is war, and the rules have changes”
The story is based around the idea of gene-hacking and how a plague called the Hydra plague has taken over the population. People grow weary and start to explode and their gas clouds, if touched, will infect you. But the infected are starting to explode more and more everyday and their patterns are changing. Once their explosions were small, but now they are starting to grow larger and more threatening. Time is running short to create a vaccine which will wipe out the virus.
2 years later, she has been fending for herself and keeping herself immune to the virus. When Cartaxus agent Cole comes for her, naturally Cat is on high alert. But Cole only has a message for her. That her dad, the only person who looked after her, is dead. Not only that, Lachlan had created a vaccine that will only work with the help of Cat.
“My father’s words were fresh in my ears, and they still echo there two years later. Never let them take you”
I had a very love-hate relationship with Dax. I don’t know what it was about his character but I felt like I wanted to love him, but couldn’t. There was something hidden underneath his persona that did not sit well with me. I’m not really sure what it was! He is for sure an interesting character though.
“When you love someone for their mind, you can’t expect that their heart will belong to you too.”
I love Cole. I don’t even care, he is by far my favorite character in This Mortal Coil. He is super loyal to Cat even though she has mixed feelings abotu him. He has a heart made of butterflies and rainbows and he is the best boy.
Lachlan is a conniving and evil son of a B and I hate him. NEXT!
Overall I am so happy about how unbelievably good This Mortal Coil is. It makes me long to read more dystopian books. However, will they be as good as this? Who knows. Other books really have a high bar to reach if they want to be as good as this. Gritty, twisty and brilliant characters. You’ll hate them one minute then love them the next.
Make sure you give this book a try, you won’t regret it!