The Mortal Coil

Author: Emily Suvada
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Format: ARC
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Pages: 425

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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.


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I’ve had this book on my shelves for awhile now and definitely wanted to read it much sooner, but it didn’t work out that way as I had many other books ahead of it. Either way, I was finally able to get to it and I have to say it didn’t disappoint. I’ve heard many a mixed review when it comes to this novel, but for me it really worked. I got into The Mortal Coil from the first page and I kept on reading, getting more into the storyline as it progressed. The characters that came into this story absolutely helped.

There were a few times when it left me scratching my head, mostly all the DNA/Coding jargon, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying this read. As I got farther into the novel I was introduced to a few characters I very much liked such as Agnes, Cole (without a doubt), and Leoben. I mean, I liked Cat and all, but it was those three characters that stood out the most to me and kept me very much invested in this story and where it was going to end up.

The first half of this book is more about those sciency talks and a love story that might seem a little too predictable, but as it moves along their stories and all that talk really helps build up the second half of the book. When I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy the way the characters were being set up in this novel, I was nicely surprised by the way the author shifted their storylines. My mind quickly changed from an okay read to a pretty good one that I can place on my top faves for the year.

I’m looking forward to finding out what’s going to happen in the next novel, as yes, it was left on a cliffhanger, but I didn’t mind that at all. There was so much that went on already in this first installment that I don’t mind a little bit of a wait for what’s to come next for the main characters. I’m hoping for a definite showdown with the big bad evil that’s running this whole world and where that’s going to leave all my faves.

***I received this copy from Simon Pulse in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***


  1. Kelly

    December 11, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    I started this book but never finished it because I got into a reading slump, so I bought a finished copy of it and am really excited to have the chance to go back and finish it now. This sounds like such a unique premise and like it could be a really fast paced and interesting book. Great review!

  2. bn100

    December 14, 2017 at 1:55 am

    sounds like a lot of science

  3. Darque Dreamer

    December 15, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Nice review! I loved this one!

  4. Angie

    December 22, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Ooh, I have been so curious about this book and saw the mixed reviews as well. I’m glad to see you enjoyed it – I’ll have to give it a try soon!

  5. Dawn Webb

    December 22, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    This sounds awesome! I saw it but did not take the time to read the description. Now I want to read it, thanks for the review.


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