Review of This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada (digital arc)




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?



Happy release day to Emily Suvada for this incredible book!


This isn’t going to be an easy review to write.  There are so many things that I can’t mention without giving away hints, but I’ll do my best.


I requested this book as soon as I read that it had to do with DNA and genetics.  It fascinates me and I was hoping it would be well written.  It definitely is.  It’s better than I expected.  Full of science, but not super hard to follow.  And then there is the action.  Holy crap!  There are quite a few parts in this book that made it hard to put down.


There is definitely some violence and parts that might be tough to read if you don’t enjoy horror movies.  I personally loved what it added to the story.  Everything was descriptive enough to picture, but not so much that it was too hard to get through.  This part actually started right away in chapter one and it’s what pulled me in.


I loved Catarina so much.  She was intelligent, strong, and caring.  Cole was another one that I loved along with Leoben.  These three made the story for me.


This book takes place in the future in a time where this plague, Hydra, has taken over the world.  There is no cure and it is passed on easily.  Many people chose to go underground with Cartaxus, but not everyone trusted them.  They stayed on the surface and fought to survive.  There was a temporary cure to Hydra, but it wasn’t pleasant and had to be done frequently to work.


“A single mouthful of his flesh, choked down in the next few minutes, will give me immunity from the virus for the next two weeks.  This is the Hydra virus’s cruelest side:  It forces the healthy to eat the sick.  To hunt and kill and feed on each other to save ourselves.  Nature designed this plague as a double-edged sword:  It either takes your life, or it takes your humanity.”


Cole shows up to where Catarina had been hiding out for two years with news that her father had died.  He hid info inside Cole which told him that there is a cure for Hydra and that Catarina is the way to unlock it.  She doesn’t believe him right away, but she does end up leaving with him to find a way to save humanity.


But nothing is easy and Emily Suvada makes us question who can be trusted throughout the story.  There are twists and craziness along with lots of science.


I really loved this one and cannot wait for book two.  5 stars and another new favorite.


I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss for review.  Quotes may change before final publication.


This Mortal Coil was released today and I highly recommend going out to buy it.  My final copy should be here soon and I can’t wait to get it.

Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

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