Series: This Mortal Coil #1
Published by Simon Pulse on November 7th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian
Source: the publisher
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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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