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This Mortal Coil

(This Mortal Coil #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  9,566 ratings  ·  1,930 reviews
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 c
Hardcover, 425 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Simon Pulse
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Emily Suvada has written a brilliant dystopian science fiction thriller set in a future where humanity is threatened by a deadly plague that has people exploding into toxic Hydra clouds. Catarina Agatta is a talented hacker, 'bobcat', working with The Skies resistance movement against the monolithic Cartaxus Corporation. She is the daughter of the most able scientist in the country, Dr Lachlan Agatta, working on a solution to the plague. He and his assistant, Dax, were forcibly taken by Cartaxus ...more
Elle (ellexamines)
2 1/2 stars. This was… interesting, and also not my type of book, and kind of disappointing. I honestly think This Mortal Coil is bit of your typical plot-twisty-but-not-very-quality YA sci-fi , and although some things stood out, I just didn’t love it.

The obvious upside of this book is that it is just... really wild. The broad concept of worldbuilding is sort of terrifying — I mean, a disease that causes people to explode and leads those in the vicinity to try and eat them? Holy shit. Su
L A i N E Y
“There’s no such thing quite as dangerous as an Agatta’s best intentions.”

The beginning was intense and fast-paced but as it went on, the book really lost stream. Of course the length doesn’t help (420 pages) but it went off the rail for me when her martyrdom kicked in. I was all ‘Whoa, don’t do this to me girl, this is not cool’ But too late! It took hold and from then on her mantra was ‘everything is my fault’... How tiresome. But nope!, the book isn’t finish yet because then that ‘twist’
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5* A world where a disease has taken over and people have tech installed in their bodies.

It's fast paced, action packed, heavy on romance, and decently entertaining. Cool and unique world. I want to make it clear that it's DECENTLY ENTERTAINING and that there are a ton of books that are MORE entertaining / action packed so I don't really recommend this. I ultimately like this book now that I actually read the whole thing, but it sure is stupid. If you read this book you're probably like woah n
Jul 04, 2017 marked it as to-read
Who is this cover and where can I marry it????
nemo the emo ☠️ (pagesandprozac)
((2.5 stars, rounded up for THAT plot twist))

hoo boy this is going to be a bitch of a review to write. i don't think i've ever been so conflicted about a book in a while.

i'll start with the stuff i liked first. the plot and the concept was excellent. there have been no shortage of apocalyptic plagues in speculative fiction, but both the concept of the virus itself and the circumstances surrounding it were extremely original. i mean, bodies exploding and floating around in a giant Death Cloud??
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
This book was fantastic! At first, it seemed a bit cliched and stuff, but then it picked up and I couldn't put it down

Genetics, coding, technology, big plot twists, fast paced, everything you could want in a sci-fi book Y

you can tell the author researched it all and knew what she was talking about

i'd definitely recommend if you enjoy ya sci-fi
Trina (Between Chapters)
A great science fiction blend of post apocalyptic survival and genetic technology. It's like Warcross meets The Walking Dead.

At times I thought this was just plain weird, and it is, but I enjoyed it.

Content: Cannibalism. Plague/infection. Brutal descriptions of injury and self injury - not disordered self harm, but like needing to cut something out of a wound for survival.

Audiobook: The narrator slightly mispronounced several words, but upon some searching I discovered that she's British and usi
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I finished this book a while ago and totally forgot to write a review for it OOPS ITS FINE

Basically, this book was beyond fun and sooOoOO interesting guys. It gave me slight The Darkest Minds vibes and I’m not really sure why it just did xD it’s like a sci-fi tech version of The Darkest Minds.

I just had a few problems with the characters and the plot was a bitttt slow at some points. But, overall, it certainly kept me reading and entertained!
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 4.5 stars.

I have read a slew of post-apocalyptic novels in which a deadly virus has wreaked havoc and culled the majority of our species. What ordinarily happens is that a portion of humanity devolves into zombie-like creatures, another into opportunistic gangs, and a lone few are left to somehow save the world. That is exactly what this novel does. But where as many of the other titles I have read perform to their stereotypes and deviate little from this generic outline, this mana
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
God this book was such good trash. I was 100% living my best life reading it. I’m BESOTTED with the premise.

The book is set in some sort of future version of earth whereby we are all walking around with lumps of tech embedded into our arms that help us in all sorts of ways... from improving vision to allowing us to interface with VR. It can make us look pretty AF with all healthy, glowy skin cos it helps us to heal super quickly etc etc... basically you think of it then there’s an app for it.

Claude's Bookzone
UPDATE 17/03/2021 - Review added
CW: (view spoiler)

Well that was a complex rollercoaster ride with hi-tech science, genetic coding, and a gory deadly virus.

How fabulous to see women in science featured so spectacularly in this YA novel. The world was so detailed and the characters engaging. The story line had so many elements to it but I never felt overwhelmed. There was a degree of instalove but it was't overly offensive. I thoroughly enj
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was much better than I expected (sorry for saying nothing else about this book but I currently have no power and shitty reception and an injured dog so that’s all for now)
Checkout my full review + giveaway (ends 11/12) on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot....

THIS BOOK! In my opinion this should be required reading for science classes because the science level in this book is beyond from what I've seen in any YA book. It's amazing. The cast of characters are so unique in each way. Cat and Cole seem to come from different worlds but they have so many similarities And the reader "thinks" they know what's going on but in reality there are so many twists a
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars.

If your father was responsible for the apocalypse would you try to set it right? That's the dilemma Catarina faces when a mysterious man shows up at her cabin after a virus wiped out most of humanity, and drove the rest underground, two years ago. But there's more to Cole than meets the eye - genetically enhanced to protect, he arrives to guide Catarina towards the cure they've all been searching for, and she's the key.

4.5 stars

Wow, this was a blast! (You know, because the Hydra virus makes you blow up and stuff? ... no? Screw you, that was funny.)

Thank you Penguin Australia for sending me a review copy. All thoughts are my own.


I went into this book with some low expectations. I’m not exactly sure why. I had requested it from Penguin a few months prior and had been really excited, but by the time I received it I was a little apprehensive. I’m not sure if it was just because I wasn’t in the mood for a dystopian or what but I decided to pack it when I was visiting my friend, partially b
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad at all. Was so into this book but there was so much underlying and bringing the girl Cole is missing up that you have a feeling what is coming when the big twist is revealed. As for some of the other characters, I honestly had a love hate with some, like Dax. However, this was a really good read. I was really entertained by this book.

My quick and simple overall: very intriguing. It reminded me of a mix between Divergent meets the Walking Dead, which is pretty cool.
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
The earth is a desolate wasteland, a virus decimating humanity, survivors abandoned to starvation. Catarina Agatta is a survivor. Catarina is the seventeen year old daughter of the renowned geneticist Lachlan Agatta, a magnate and former Cartaxus programmer and genetic engineer, now recaptured along with his assistant to manufacture an antidote.

Catarina has survived within the isolated Black Hills, a resourceful young woman evading Cartaxus capture. At birth, humans are implanted with advanced t
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Excellent. I loved the worldbuilding with all the built-in tech that people have for "genehacking". It was both brilliant and scary. The story was exciting and fast-paced, and I didn't see the ending coming. I'm absolutely in for the next book.
rachel ☾
why do authors always ruin great premises with instalove and tropes ??
Jen Ryland
Ahhhhh..... well this seems to be a polarizing kind of book. My GR feed: "This book is my favorite/coolest sci-fi of this year/all time" Also my GR feed: "This has flat characters and a love triangle and is very slow..." What to do? Try it I guess....

So I did and I dislike virus books and am not a huge fan of triangles but ... I actually liked this.

First off, this DOES have a love triangle and if anyone says it doesn't, I'm not sure they understand the concept.

The main character has a guy in h
Liz Barnsley
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s no gene for Run Like Hell…

Or is there?

Stop the presses I’ve found my new YA trilogy obsession with Emily Suvada’s “This Mortal Coil” a fast paced, intricately woven, brilliantly fascinating and best of all intelligent and addictive thriller.

Actually I’m assuming trilogy I guess it may end up being more but this is definitely book one and what a book one it is. For a start we have genuinely likable characters, none of whom are in any way generic, who you almost immediately care about and
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 4-stars, sci-fi
I did really enjoy this book and can't wait to pick up the next book.

Something I did struggle with was getting into the story. There were times where I was 100% invested in the story but there were times where I wasn't.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-dystopic
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada is a refreshing new dystopia/sci-fi/post-apocalyptic story that grabbed me from the start until the very end, and left me gasping with the many twists and turns.

What immediately grabbed me from the start and impressed me was the writing style. From the very first line, it intrigued me. The writing is vibrant and colorful, and I absolutely loved it. If a book can grab me with the writing, it says a lot, and this book could.

The premise itself is not that original,
Waqar Arif
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
BANG! Did that roller coaster just stop for a while?
Woah! I wasn't prepared for such a fantastically written sci-fi thriller.
This book got everything. To name a few, I experienced some razor sharp action, last minute escapes, a lot of seriously great plot twists, powerful dialogues, humour, slow burn romance & that totally unexpected ending! Man! I wasn't prepared for that 😨
In a sense, this book was just like a peel of onion! You have to keep separating each layer till the root 😌
The lead protago
Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
“There’s no such thing as right anymore - that ended when the plague hit. Sometimes we need to do awful things to stop worse things from happening. You’re still thinking in terms of right and wrong, but this is war, and the rules have changed.”

This was an interesting novel, should you always believe in the hype though? No, of course not, sadly this is my mistake time and time again, believe the hype because that's where my expectations go crazy high and I expect perfection in every p
Emily Suvada has smashed it and honestly was drawn to that title "This Mortal Coil" it just envokes tingles all the way down too my toes, plus that cover something exploding into a blob of red bloody mist and well the fact there is a soldier in it must mean a whole bunch of zombies are going to die for a second time and be really dead for real. Also what the hell, it has a super crazy genetic language lingo which no mere peasant could possibly understand all mixed in together it's just a chaotic ...more
Kelli Wilson
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ugh, I hate the the final book won't be out until Jan 2020. This was very exciting. I've been utterly bored and uninspired with most reads this year. This was a nice kick start to something. I'm hoping,and happily looking forward to finding out how it continues ...more
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Emily Suvada was born and raised in Australia, where she went on to study mathematics and astrophysics. She previously worked as a data scientist, and still spends hours writing algorithms to perform tasks which would only take 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, OR ...more

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