Title: This mortal coil.
Author: Emily Suvada.
Publisher: Simon pulse.
Page count: 425.
Release day: November 7th 2017.
Genre: YA, science-fiction.
Rating: 4 stars.
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
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?
This book was way better than I had thought! I don’t know what I had expected, but generally I really enjoy these kind of survival stories, and this one confirmed that once again!
This book contains quite some science and biology, which I really enjoyed, but was sometimes a little bit hard to follow on audio. Since when you don’t get something it is quite hard to go back and read it again. But most of it was very well explained, or still understandable if you pushed through!
I really enjoyed the main character, I did think she was stupid for trusting certain people, but to be honest, I probably would have trusted them in this situation as well. So I guess that only makes her more realistic! Cole was another character I really enjoyed in most cases, there were a couple of points were I was slightly annoyed by him.
I really really enjoyed the world, it was so interesting. Everyone has a panel, and can change things within their genes. In this way people don’t really get sick etc. But now this plague has broken out and this organization is trying to find a vaccine, but we’re not sure if we can trust this organization. And I love this feeling of not trusting and doubting everything during a book!
The ending killed me, I didn’t see it coming at all! And it does make sense! Sometimes there are unexpected twist, and I feel like they are not possible, but this one really is and it is properly explained afterwards!
There was only something after the twist that I got a bit confused about, but I guess that just means I should continue to the sequel soon! Which I’m definitely planning on doing!
I did really like the narrator of this book, so if you feel comfortable with these science and biology parts, I definitely recommend listening to this one. Otherwise maybe read it physically so you can reread parts!