Month: November 2017

SST Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Posted November 19, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 2 Comments

SST Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

SST Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily SuvadaThis Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
Series: This Mortal Coil #1
Published by Simon Pulse on November 7th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian
Pages: 432
Format: ebook
Source: the publisher
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four-stars

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 received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book is a science lover’s DREAM! It has, ok not complex, but more detailed descriptions and reasons why the tech works. There are explanations that make sense and its obvious that the author has done a ton of research. I really loved the premise too. Embeddable tech is the future. Wearables are already here, like the Apple watch but also AIRA‘s assistive glasses that help blind people navigate their world.  However, embeddable tech is also legitimately terrifying. There are so many evil things that can be done with it. Emily Suvada does an awesome job exploring both the positive and horrifying aspects of having a device implanted in your arm.

The story itself is fun too. It’s new and exciting but it still reminded me a little of The Fireman by Joe Hill, which I loved. I think that the dystoptian world that this book is set in was at least as interested as the characters Cat and Cole. There has been a outbreak of a disease. The majority of the world has retreated to corporate sponsored bunkers where their lives are ruled by the company. Those who remain on the surface fight every day but remain free. How did none of that make it into the blurb???

I didn’t really feel any particular connection to the characters. Cat was a square peg in a world full of round holes. I thought that her particular idiosyncrasies were interesting and fit the world that was established. I just didn’t feel anything towards her. Cole seemed like a typical supersoldier. I didn’t find him to be all that interesting either. Luckily the world and the story made up for it in spades.

This did not end in a cliffhanger but I’m very hopeful that there will be another book in this marvelous world!

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.

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Rockstar Arc Review: Into the Black by Ava Jae

Posted November 14, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments

Rockstar Arc Review: Into the Black by Ava Jae

Rockstar Arc Review: Into the Black by Ava JaeInto the Black by Ava Jae
Series: Beyond The Red #2
Published by Sky Pony Press on November 14th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 360
Format: Paperback
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four-stars

The world ruler is dead, technology foundational to their society destroyed, and Safara is on the brink of collapse. Half-human, half-alien Eros is the rightful heir to the world throne, but before he can return to the capital, he's abducted by a rebel group of humans who call themselves The Remnant--and won't release him until he swears to help them overthrow the very government he's inheriting. With Eros missing, ex-queen Kora is determined to stave off mad grabs for the throne. But as royalty from across the territories flock to the capital, and a new charismatic candidate takes the spotlight, Kora sets off into the desert with a skilled prince-turned-bounty hunter to find Eros before it's too late for both the future king and his kingdom.

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YES YES YES YES

When I reviewed Beyond the Red last year, I said that the only thing wrong with it was that it was a stand alone novel. I really felt like the story wasn’t finished and I was going to be sorely disappointed if I never got to read about Kora and Eros again. Don’t get me wrong, Beyond the Red does not have a cliffhanger. It is a complete story. It just left me wanting so much more. Into the Black definitely lived up to what I was hoping for. The characters are established, the world is the same one I enjoyed from Beyond the Red, everything was in place and this was the completely of the story I wanted. Where I loved the character development in Beyond the Red, What I really enjoyed in Into the Black was the politics. There is so much going on! Not to post too many spoilers but the ending of Beyond the Red flipped everything upside down and it was incredibly satisfying to find out what happened after.

****I’m going to assume that you’ve read Beyond the Red from this point on, so please don’t continue if you are afraid of spoilers.****

The roles in this book have flipped and I loved it. Eros is now the rightful heir, except no one wants to consider him based on the politics and prejudices of the world. Kora has gone from being Avra to being no one and she really doesn’t like it. It was fun for me as she had to struggle to adjust to her new circumstances and grow as a person. Eros on the other hand, had to come to terms with being the heir to the throne of a society that hates him. His journey was just as amazing as Kora’s because he has to learn forgiveness if he’s going to be able to change anything at all.

I really enjoyed this series. Into the Black was the ending that it needed. I definitely recommend that you read it for the characters. I fell in love with Kora and Eros all over again. If I had one little tiny quibble, it would be that the ending was too perfect. It wrapped up too neatly in the last 30 pages. The entire book was struggle struggle struggle and then oh, it’s done. I don’t know how you can change that but it was a tiny let down after 200 pages of awesome.

About the Author:

Ava JaeAva Jae is a writer, an Assistant Editor at Entangled Publishing, and is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency. Her YA Sci-Fi debut, BEYOND THE RED, is releasing March 2016 from Sky Pony Press. When sheÂ’s not writing about kissing, superpowers, explosions, and aliens, you can find her with her nose buried in a book, nerding out over the latest X-Men news, or hanging out on her
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