December 04, 2018

#BookReview: This Cruel Design (This Mortal Coil #2) by @EmilySuvada

Title: This Cruel Design
Series: This Mortal Coil #2
Author: 
Emily Suvada
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, 
Pages: Hardcover394 pages
Pub Date: October 30th 2018 
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Book Source: Publisher
My Rating: 5 Stars
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Synopsis: Cat thought the Hydra epidemic was over, but when new cases pop up, Cat must team up with an enemy to fix the vaccine before the virus spirals out of control in this thrilling sequel to This Mortal Coil, which New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman says “redefines ‘unputdownable.’”

The nightmare of the outbreak is finally over, but Cat’s fight has only just begun.

Exhausted, wounded, and reeling from revelations that have shaken her to her core, Cat is at a breaking point. Camped in the woods with Cole and Leoben, she’s working day and night, desperate to find a way to stop Lachlan’s plan to reprogram humanity. But she’s failing—Cat can’t even control her newly regrown panel, and try as she might to ignore them, she keeps seeing glitching visions from her past everywhere she turns.

When news arrives that the Hydra virus might not be as dead as they’d thought, the group is pushed into an uneasy alliance with Cartaxus to hunt down Lachlan and fix the vaccine. Their search takes them to Entropia, a city of genehackers hidden deep in the desert that could also hold the answers about Cat’s past that she’s been searching for.

But when confronted with lies and betrayals, Cat is forced to question everything she knows and everyone she trusts. And while Lachlan is always two steps ahead, the biggest threat to Cat may be the secrets buried in her own mind.


About the Author: Emily Suvada was born and raised in Australia, where she went on to earn a degree in mathematics. She previously worked as a data scientist, and still spends hours writing algorithms to perform tasks which would only take her minutes to complete on her own. When not writing, she can be found hiking, cycling, and conducting chemistry experiments in her kitchen. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband.






"I want to buy this YA trilogy about gene-hacking for every teen I know." (The Verge)

"It is rare that a series as entertaining and twisty as this is equally exciting in its ethical and philosophical questions. This Cruel Design is a necessary read for critical readers of speculative, dystopian, and apocalyptic literature. This Mortal Coil is among the most important and thrilling new YA series." (VOYA)

A new virus threatens humanity in the follow-up to This Mortal Coil (2017).

It’s only been a week since 18-year-old crackerjack coder Catarina “Cat” Agatta sent the vaccine she helped develop into the gentech embedded in every person, eradicating a terrible virus that caused its victims to detonate, leaving survivors holed up in underground bunkers. Unfortunately, Cartaxus scientist Dr. Lachlan Agatta, who taught Cat everything she knows, and who she thought was her father until recently, has fled, taking his plan to recode humanity with him. Cat and her companions must stop Lachlan and find a way to head off a new strain of the virus that kills even faster than the last before Cartaxus takes extreme measures. Additionally, Cat’s suppressed childhood memories are coming back with a vengeance, and she must come to terms not only with her identity, but also her destiny. Suvada has created a fascinating, complex world where DNA can be easily manipulated (and where race isn’t easily defined) and technology can open the mind to endless possibilities. Respecting her readers, she offers plenty of food for thought about how far technology can take humanity and how far we should let it. Plenty of (occasionally terrifying) action and twists keep the pages turning all the way to the revelatory finale. New readers may be a bit lost and will want to begin with the first volume.

Convoluted but breathlessly exciting. (Science fiction. 14-18) (Kirkus 8/15/18)



My Review: I am currently dying right now!! This sequel to This Mortal Coil has officially killed me. So I am going to start at the end first because it was it a killer. The ending of this one wasn't exactly predictable but I did kind of see the turn that it was going to take and I was screaming at it NOOOOOOOOO!!! YOU CAN'T DO THIS TO ME!! But the author did and I am now broken.  

This one was a punch to the gut.  This one had it all action, suspense, twists, and one killer cliffhanger.  OMG guys make sure you are prepared for this book when you read it. Because I so was not prepared for this by the last page.  The characters were all there and we finally get to meet another one that has been with us from the start.  This one hit it so out of the park with the twists and story that I just could not put it down.  

Cat has come so far and I really hope that this cliffhanger at the end gets fixed before the end of the series.  Because it killed me what this story did to her and the other characters.  

The science was great and still fully engrossed in the story.  I did feel a little more lost with all the tech in this one and well I didn't understand most of it. But it didn't take away from the story at all and really made it speed on faster.  

I think with everything that happened in this book that I have no clue where the author is going to take us in book three.  Who knows she might just blow everyone up for all I know.  I wouldn't put it past her at this point. 



Go Into This One Knowing: Cliffhanger, Twists, Turns, Slight Love Triangle
 








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