This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada
Summary (has spoilers from book one):
Cat thought the Hydra epidemic was over, but when new cases pop up, Cat must team up with an enemy to fix the vaccine before the virus spirals out of control in this thrilling sequel to This Mortal Coil, which New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman says “redefines ‘unputdownable.’”
The nightmare of the outbreak is finally over, but Cat’s fight has only just begun.
Exhausted, wounded, and reeling from revelations that have shaken her to her core, Cat is at a breaking point. Camped in the woods with Cole and Leoben, she’s working day and night, desperate to find a way to stop Lachlan’s plan to reprogram humanity. But she’s failing—Cat can’t even control her newly regrown panel, and try as she might to ignore them, she keeps seeing glitching visions from her past everywhere she turns.
When news arrives that the Hydra virus might not be as dead as they’d thought, the group is pushed into an uneasy alliance with Cartaxus to hunt down Lachlan and fix the vaccine. Their search takes them to Entropia, a city of genehackers hidden deep in the desert that could also hold the answers about Cat’s past that she’s been searching for.
But when confronted with lies and betrayals, Cat is forced to question everything she knows and everyone she trusts. And while Lachlan is always two steps ahead, the biggest threat to Cat may be the secrets buried in her own mind.
I liked This Cruel Design a lot. It starts off right where This Mortal Coil ends. If you haven’t read book one yet, you probably don’t want to read my review.
Cat, Leoben, and Cole are recovering from everything that happened at the end of book one. Cat is training to fight with Lee. I really love their relationship and Leoben might be my favorite character after Cat. They are found quickly by Dax and they go to Cartaxus. It is found that there is another virus. The vaccine doesn’t work with this one. They are all sent (with some extra help) to Entropia to see if they can find Lachlan.
Entropia is full of genehackers, including Regina who rules there. Cat is having more memories from her time as June Bei. She remembers being at Entropia before. While they are there, not only are they fighting to save people, but Cat is finding out a lot of secrets from her past.
I really can’t get into too much without giving away the plot twists. The pacing was great and it left me wanting more. I’m very curious to see what is going to happen after that ending.
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me a copy for review. I gave this one 4 1/2 stars (rounded up to 5 on Goodreads).
Have you read This Mortal Coil? How about This Cruel Design? Do you like books that have so much science (coding, genetics, hacking)?