Sunday, 25 February 2018

Review - This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil, #1) by Emily Suvada

Title: This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil, #1)
Author: Emily Suvada
Pages: 459
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: 2nd November 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: 

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.
As the pieces fit together it's clear there is one final secret that Cat must unlock. A secret that will change everything.

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Penguin Random House UK Children's and NetGalley*

The world is in turmoil - the Hydra virus is wiping out humans and Catarina Agatta's father, a brilliant geneticist, is the only person that can stop it.
When a soldier named Cole appears with news of her father's death, Catarina also discovers that he made a vaccine against Hydra. But before the vaccine can be released, Catarina must decode it. Catarina's mission leads her close to Cartaxus, an organisation her father warned her to stay away from. Along the way, Catarina unearths secrets that will change everything.
Can Catarina decrypt the vaccine before it's too late?
Can she trust Cole?

This Mortal Coil was an interesting, unique YA dystopian novel.
Catarina was a likeable, relatable protagonist. I liked most of the characters, but Agnes, Cole, and Leoben were my favourites apart from Catarina.
The plot was intriguing and held my attention. The science was interesting and I could definitely see something similar happening in the future (panels in people's arms and apps that give them different abilities/change them). I found it a little scary how much technology people had incorporated into their bodies, such as ocular vision and healing tech.
There were several plot twists that I didn't see coming.
The writing style was good and held my attention, but I wasn't gripped.
I am interested in reading the sequel and seeing where the story goes.

Overall this was an enjoyable, interesting read that I would recommend.