This Mortal Coil
*Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2018*
3 billion lives at stake. 2 people who can save them. 1 secret hidden in their DNA. A breathtaking debut series about one girl's quest for answers in a genetically and technologically advanced future. There's no gene for RUN LIKE HELL.
When a lone soldier, Cole, arrives with news of Lachlan Agatta's death, all...more
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. Suvada ...more
“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’ ha ...more
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 ...more
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?? ...more
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 ...more
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
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!
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 ...more
Dax glares at Cole. “You can’t tell me what to do.”
“No, I can’t,” Cole snarls, “but if you don’t get out of my sight, I’ll break your neck for letting her bleed out like that.”
One of the many reasons I’m team Cole🖤
This book was awesome! I wasn’t expecting to like this story as much as I did. It was addicting and hard to put down. The plot twists and curve bal ...more
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 ...more
Thank you Penguin Australia for sending me a review copy. All thoughts are my own.
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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 ...more
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.
Catarina has survived within the isolated Black Hills, a resourceful young woman evading Cartaxus capture. At birth, humans are implanted with advanced t ...more
My quick and simple overall: very intriguing. It reminded me of a mix between Divergent meets the Walking Dead, which is pretty cool.
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.
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 ...more
- I loved the plot
- it did feel like your average dystopian, but the idea of the virus was so original and the plot twists and tech made it feel different
- the twists and turns kept you wanting to read more and more
- the tech was so so cool? I loved reading about that
- the romance was weird. It was unique and I liked it but there's a weird love triangle square and yet there isn't? Which is so confusing I know, but I can't say much else without spoiling
- i honestly didn't feel much chemi ...more
Wow, this was a blast! (You know, because the Hydra virus makes you blow up and stuff? ... no? Screw you, that was funny.)
This Mortal Coil was such an insane ride from start to finish. It was wild, it was gruesome, it was bloody and fantastic and bloody fantastic. You have no idea what's going on half of the time, and when you finally figure it out you actually know even less - but it was awesome. I had a very hard time putting it down and managed to finish the thing within three days.
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.
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 pro ...more
“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 part of t ...more
The writing is good. It's just science-y enough: so much so that even those less inclined toward coding and mat ...more
This Mortal Coil is set in a future where genetic modifications are commonplace and everyone is implanted wi ...more