This Mortal Coil, the best sci-fi book I have ever read

This proof was given to me for free by the publisher, Penguin Books. This does not influence my opinion in any way.

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

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.

5 stars

Another proof that ended up in my backpack at YALC but of which I have no idea how it ended up there. After reading the short description (but mine was a bit more chaotic than the one above), I had not a lot of faith for This Mortal Coil, but I decided to read it anyway. You can’t love every book you read right?

Weirdly I discovered very quickly that I was going to adore this book. It’s an original cross between a dystopian and a sci-fi novel, and the sci-fi was freaking on point! Suvada managed to explain the most complicated sciency things in a clear, comprehensible manner. As a result, I fully believed every aspect of the sci-fi she was using. I don’t know if any of it is actually possible and if any of it actually true, but she fully convinced me that it is. Bring on the genehacking!

Not that the dystopian parts of the story weren’t amazing either. I’m guessing it’s getting pretty difficult for authors to not fall into some dystopian stereotypes at this point, but Suvada managed to use existing tropes and put them upside-down . Yes, a devastating illness is taking over the nation and yes, these people look like your traditional zombie. But oh, in this illness people “blow up” and spread the disease, but before that happens healthy people get into a weird frenzy and eat the diseased meat which makes them immune for said disease. I know, my explanation hits nothing rational, but you’ll completely understand it when you’re reading it. And uhm… even though it sounds completely believable in the book, it’s not likely to actually happen, right? RIGHT?

That’s how the immunity works. If you eat the flesh of a second-stage victim, the virus doesn’t realize it’s changed hosts. Within an hour of taking a dose, it’ll wrap all your cells up, forming the only barrier strong enough to keep the virus from burrowing into them.

In that kind of backdrop, you need main characters that bloody well kick ass and we got them! Our main character Cat is one feisty Cat that will fight tooth and nail to survive on her own terms. She is not a special little snowflake, she’s not God’s gift to the world, she’s just a girl trying to roll with the punches and her beliefs in the world. She’s one of the best protagonists in recent YA history!!!

And the best part? Every aspect of the story is surrounded by a hell of a lot of WAIT WHAT? I didn’t see half of the twists in This Mortal Coil coming and, even though not all of them were really mindfucky, they were pretty surprising. And a certain point, you just know Suvada is toying with her readers.

This Mortal Coil is the tech- and science-heavy sci-fi I didn’t know I was looking for and I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel. As I read a proof copy however, I’ll be waiting for WAAAAAY TOO LONG. If you hadn’t guessed yet, I highly recommend this book! What a freaking gem!

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Have you read this book? If not, does it sound interesting to you? If yes, what did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Title: This Mortal Coil
Author: Emily Suvada
Series: This Mortal Coil, #1
Expected publication date: November 2nd, 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books

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