THIS MORTAL COIL REVIEW ! kick ass coders

TITLE: This Mortal Coil

AUTHOR: Emily Suvada

RATING: ★★★.75

TRIGGER WARNING: none that I noticed — please tell me if there are !

WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: PenguinNZ sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!

PAGES: 450

GENRE: sci-fi


When a lone soldier, Cole, arrives with news of Lachlan Agatta’s death, all hope seems lost for Catarina. Her father was the world’s leading geneticist, and humanity’s best hope of beating a devastating virus. Then, hidden beneath Cole’s genehacked enhancements she finds a message of hope: Lachlan created a vaccine.

Only she can find and decrypt it, if she can unravel the clues he left for her. The closer she gets, the more she finds herself at risk from Cartaxus, a shadowy organization with a stranglehold on the world’s genetic tech. But it’s too late to turn back.

There are three billion lives at stake, two people who can save them, and one final secret that Cat must unlock. A secret that will change everything.

This mortal coil was not what I was expecting. At first the idea of this giro who could hack her way through anything intrigued me, and then top it off with a gorgeous cover? I was beyond interested so when Penguin NZ offered me a copy to review, I just had to say yes.
This novel follows a young girl, Catarina, as she tries to survive an outbreak that is reminiscent of Zombies. To survive, you either have to give up access to your panel ( like a memory chip in your arm that lets you change anything about yourself ) and hide away in bunkers, or eat the flesh of the infected to stay alive out on top.
This is a debut novel, and the first novel in a possible series, for the first 300 pages I really whizzed by and enjoyed my time with this novel, finally getting a break from fantasy and romance so it was a nice change. Cat is a really intelligent character which was great to see, it was nice that she was better than some things than her love interest was, to keep things balanced which isn’t something we see often in YA novels.
Most of my problems were minor, from the pacing going from too fast to too slow quite often, and for the writing which was really decent for a debut in my opinion, but not the greatest.
I REALLY enjoyed the plot twist, and while some people probably guessed it, I actually didn’t see it coming till I got to the page before it and was hit with it which was a nice surprise to be actually surprised !
Overall I really enjoyed my time reading this novel and while it didn’t feel quite like a 4 star read, mainly for the pacing, I e given it 3.75 stars because the first 2/3’s are really strong and intriguing, and I think that the novels characters were executed beautifully.
I think if you’re into sci fi novels, and you want to see a girl kick ass at coding and try to save the world as she does it, then this is something you should totally pick up.


Until next time,

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