This Mortal Coil
In this gripping debut novel, seventeen-year-old Cat must use her gene-hacking skills to decode her late father’s message concealing a vaccine to a horrifying plague.
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?
~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~
This book is amazing, one of the best dystopian's I've read in a while and absolutely a new favorite. For a book involving gene hacking, splicing, decoding and lots of technical terms and such this is completely comprehensible and seriously compelling. It also depicts a plaque virus with walking dead-like creatures that will explode and then infect anyone in a certain radius, plus some crazy plot twists that will blow your mind. This book is pure genius. There is also some romance…but it is done well and does not dominate the story, at least in my opinion, but I like some romance. Book #2, This Cruel Design, comes out at the end of October. I totally recommend!
☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+
~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~
Main Characters~ 5/5
Secondary Characters~ 5/5
The Feels~ 5/5
Theme or Tone~ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5
Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ "to be continued"
Book Cover~ I Love It!
Narration~ ☆5☆ for Skye Bennett, I really liked her voice, she made this a breeze to listen to.
Series~ This Mortal Coil #1
Setting~ A Futuristic United States & some in Canada
Source~ Audiobook (Library)