Title: This Mortal Coil
Author: Emily Suvada
Release Date: November 7th, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Dystopian/Action/Science Fiction
Review: First off, before I jump into my review, I just want to say that I’m glad that I went into this story only having read a very brief, vague summary of it. It made everything more surprising and exciting and suspenseful. I only read the official book synopsis after having finished it and I realized some of the revelations I’d found to be shocking and unexpected had actually been mentioned in the summary. BAH! How dare they.
That’s the reason I didn’t include the Goodreads Synopsis beforehand like I usually do when it comes to reviews. Maybe for some books I prefer to have a little more insight before diving in but in this case I’m glad I went in partially blind. I had NO idea what was coming and that made my reading experience a thousand times more splendid.
I started This Mortal Coil basically only knowing that it was a dystopian sci-fi based off DNA sequencing, featuring a boy and girl working together to save humanity. That’s about it. I didn’t know any of the key points of the plot that are given away in the synopsis and I’m so glad I didn’t. Everything was a surprise that way and I had no idea which characters I was meant to trust or grow attached to which made it all the more exciting. But maybe that’s just me! Just in case though, I try to be as vague as possible in my reviews as well.
This Mortal Coil is by far the most captivating and mind-blowingly complex book I’ve read so far this year. The story’s setting is unlike anything I’ve seen in YA, one in which people can implant technology into their bodies that allows them to re-write their DNA and alter their appearances and bodies.
Catarina Agatta is an expert gene hacker who’s spent the last 2 years trying to survive on her own in a world torn apart by a deadly plague; a plague that causes people to explode within weeks of contracting the virus, infecting anyone within a couple mile radius. But Cat’s father has created a vaccine and provides Cat with instructions on how to retrieve and release it. So it looks it’s up now up to Cat to obtain it and release it into the world. So she sets out to save humanity alongside a boy named Cole, a soldier working for Cartaxus, the very organization that kidnapped her father and his apprentice/Cat’s close friend Dax two years prior and forced the pair to work for them.
With a background in astrophysics and genetic engineering, Author Emily Suvada has significant expertise in the field that helps make the scientific aspects and the speculative take on DNA sequencing feel all the more authentic. The elaborate descriptions, mature and intelligent writing, and the complexity of the plot and world in which the book takes place will capture you and pull you in until, before you know it, you’re so invested in Cat and her companions story that it’s all you can think about.
Catarina is a whip-smart heroine who’s equal parts compassionate, courageous, apprehensive and ruthless. She’s determined to rid the world of the virus that has drove humanity to near-extinction, but she has no idea who she can trust in a world where even DNA can lie. She has a lot to learn about the outside world she’s been hidden from for so long, and about the father she thought she knew so well, and about her own identity as well.
There was a certain character who I didn’t expect to have such an important role in the story, but I’m glad he did. He went from someone I didn’t fully trust, understand or even like to someone I rooted for and swooned over and couldn’t get enough of…much like Catarina’s feelings towards him. Their relationship developed from that of two people who’d been thrown together against their will and had no choice but to work together, to one based on mutual honesty, respect and admiration.
There were characters I assumed would have larger parts than they did, and those who I thought were trustworthy but turned out not to be. There were plot twists and betrayals and non-stop action and it was a roller-coaster of emotions from beginning to shocking end. It’s a science fiction that actually focuses a great amount of plot on the science aspects. It’s a slow-burn romance between two unexpected characters. It’s an action-packed dystopian adventure chock full of horror and suspense, with complicated yet lovable characters.
And guess what? It’s gonna have a sequel! Which I did not realize until I finished reading the last page and immediately rushed to twitter to ask the author if there would be a follow up…to which she replied that yes, there will be, and she’s working on it right now! We have to wait a whole year unfortunately, but it’ll without a doubt be worth it!
I almost want to pick up the book again and re-read it immediately, despite having just finished it earlier this month. I almost NEVER feel this way. Emily Suvada is truly a magician and she has me under her spell. I am in awe of her and her story-telling. And I promise you will be too. So what are you waiting for? Go pick up a copy from your local library or bookstore or buy it on your kindle right this very second! Or put it on your Christmas list! No time to waste! The extensive use of exclamation marks should show you just how hyped I am about this book!
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Buy it here: Amazon
Also can we talk about how beautiful both the U.S and UK covers are?!