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This Cruel Design

(This Mortal Coil #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,554 ratings  ·  479 reviews
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.

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 wi
Hardcover, 394 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Simon Pulse
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Emily Suvada Hi! Congrats on winning This Cruel Design! Unfortunately this book is a sequel in the truest sense of the word and it won't make much sense without ha…moreHi! Congrats on winning This Cruel Design! Unfortunately this book is a sequel in the truest sense of the word and it won't make much sense without having read This Mortal Coil. (less)
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Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The sequel to This Mortal Coil picks up right where it's predecessor left off; and let me tell you, it is every bit as excellent as the first book

We continue to delve deeper into Catarina's character and all the secrets she holds, most of them from herself. The romance that barely started in the first book doesn't get much traction here given all the other dangers Catarina and Cole face, which is how it should be considering the imminent danger they continue to be in. Instead, the story focuses
Meredith (booksbythewater)
We've come full circle, kids. The first book I officially reviewed (not including one certain 4,000 word rant...ahem..The Selection) was This Mortal Coil. And here we are! One year and some months later reviewing This Cruel Design. This fact is irrelevant but there it is and now you can't unlearn it! Anyways, How do you follow up the wild ride of This Mortal Coil? I mean, it's like how they're making a Frozen 2 and a Toy Story 4 in the same year. Can we even handle that? Will they be as good as ...more
Emer (A Little Haze)

I’m beyond obsessed with this series. Book two picks up just a week or two after the events of book one and the repercussions are just.....


*incoherent screaming and general head exploding-ness*


I’m just gonna play it safe and whack the whole thing in spoiler tags because I would just be so sad if I spoiled book
i have no idea what happened in this book but a lot of it was wild so i guess that's something. suvada does not fail to keep readers on their toes, that's for sure.
Vicky Again
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist
hey hey if you want to read Emily Suvada's awesome guest post, a THIS MORTAL COIL SURVIVAL GUIDE, you can find it here!

4 stars

Emily Suvada is honestly my favorite writer for plot twists and cliffhangers and all sorts of action-y goodness. And she totally pulled through with This Cruel Design, throwing us all sorts of twists and turns and cliffhangers (so many cliffhangers) that I just ate up.

Seriously. If you thought book 2 would be any less exciting than book 1, you're very wrong.

Although I did
Trina (Between Chapters)
Feb 03, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: audiobooks
DNF at 65%.

I loved the first book but I wasn't interested in where this story went. I wasn't absorbing anything and it basically just became noise (audiobook). The character cuts off her hand and I missed it... that's probably something that you should notice.

Audiobook review: Below average. Narrator did a horrible American accent. She yells a lot, making it hard to manage the volume. I couldn't tell the difference between the character's spoken dialogue and internal thoughts because she read th
[reread 2020]

Nothing has changed. Still one of my favourite series of all time and probably one of the best sequels to a series I've ever read.
The only thing that has changed is the fact that the third and final book sits on my shelf at this very moment, waiting for me to pick it up and to destroy my life. I think I can even hear it laughing.

[initial review]

This book clearly doesn't have the middle-book-syndrome because it might have been even better than book 1 and I need the next book or I wi
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I’m shocked. This was pretty epic. Im so impressed with where the story went in this book. It was a wild ride. It has less than 400 pages but each and every single one is filled with tons of action and unexpected twists. It did not feel like a second book to me, it was the opposite of a filler book. However, my connection with the character was not there. Maybe the fact that not even the main characters knows who she is kind of threw me off because i felt like as the reader i didnt ge ...more
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely stunning. This Cruel Design is the epic second book in the This Mortal Coil series and it is every bit as incredible, well-written, and addictive as the first book. This Cruel Design lived up to every expectation and high standard set by its predecessor. Fast-faced and intelligent, This Cruel Design ramps up the tension and the stakes, introducing new characters and pushing the boundaries on everything once thought possible for genetics and technology.

Cat might have found a vaccine fo
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
So Excitedddd!!!!

I'm liking the title!
4.5 Stars

I received this book from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.

This Cruel Design is the much anticipated sequel to bestselling YA dystopian This Mortal Coil which followed teenager Catarina as she tried to survive in a world where humans' bodies are ran by special, encoded tech but a virus with no cure is ravaging the world and causing people to form zombie-like habits before exploding, literally. Catarina's father is a world-renowned scientist who may be humanity's la
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

You know that super rare feeling where a sequel is as awesome as the first book in a series? Where it doesn't suffer from that "second book slump"? Such a unicorn, right? WELL. It happens here, friends! After the amazing twistiness that was This Mortal Coil, I was kiiiind of unsure if the author could replicate such amazing plot twists and surprises. Could she keep the characters develop
Katherine Moore
My mind is blown AGAIN by Emily Suvada and her sci-fi genius. This is a stunner.

FINALLY! IT IS HERE! It’s the #bookbirthday for one of my most anticipated reads of the year, This Cruel Design, the follow-up to the brilliant This Mortal Coil (which you must read first)!

In this twisty, smart sci-fi, Cat is caught in the middle of an outbreak, struggling to find out her true identity. Find my Q&A with Emily Suvada here 👉🏼
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
1/27/20: Let's continue this reread, shall we?
1/28/20: JUST AS GOOD AS I REMEMBER. GAH, I cannot wait to finish this series. <3


Y'all have to give me a moment to digest the depth of this story. So many revelations, so many things revealed, SO MUCH and yet I still want more.

I'm shook.

Christine Manzari
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Omg. That cliffhanger was brutally perfect. I only have one complaint about this book and it’s that the narrator for the audio book mispronounces a lot of words and it’s distracting. But this book was so good I easily overlooked it. My mind is blown by this plot....and especially this ending.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada picks up where This Mortal Coil left off. With Lachlan on the run and a mutated strain of virus on the loose, it's up to Cat to save everyone above ground.

To put it quite simply: this book was SO good! I had a hard time putting it down and couldn't wait to find out what misadventures Cat and her unlikely team got into. This was a book of answers, and I was pleased to learn more about Cat, her past, her family, and her motivations. I had a lot of questions coming
I seriously loved the first book in this series...and I almost, but not quite, loved the second book, too.  When I wrote about This Mortal Coil, I said this was completely comprehensible and seriously compelling story, especially for a book involving gene hacking, splicing, decoding and lots of technical terms and such.  I wish I could say that this book was the same for me...and it almost was, I just got a little lost in the beginning (and maybe, a little throughout)...but, eventually things st ...more
Kelly Winters
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
This series manages to both draw on previous YA dystopian novels and be completely surprising at the same time. I'll be going along feeling like the characters are carbon copies of ones from another series or that the setting feels so much like another book, but then the author will throw a bunch of reveals and twists in that make it something completely different. I can't say I loved it, but I do give her credit for throwing off the reader. I'm interested in reading the conclusion, but I doubt ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this from Edelweiss and Simon Pulse in exchange for my honest review..

Oh wow! I don't even know what to say. There were so many twists and turns and I honestly have no idea who I can trust in this book. Not even the main character. There was so much violence. How many times can 2 people almost die in this book. The story plot is exciting and I cant wait to see how it will actually end, but wow....
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Filled with just as many twists and turns as the first one, This Cruel Design was another exhilarating thrill ride when it came to DNA hacking, science and viruses. I absolutely adore Emily Suvada's writing, and how she simplifies complex gene coding theories while keeping the book action-packed and character-driven.

It'd take some time to absorb my thoughts on this one, so full review to come while I catch my breath.
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5-4


What a cruel, cruel, cruel ending. I have no words except wow.
Halley Hopson
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars!

This series is so incredibly action packed and full of twists and turns. I’m completely hooked.

I also would highly recommend the audiobooks, I am a big fan of the narrator for this series.
Kal ★ Reader Voracious
"If there is a design that underpins us, Catarina,then it is cold, it is violent, and it is cruel."
One of the biggest surprises that I read in 2018 was Emily Suvada's debut novel This Mortal Coil. I've shouted about this book countless times and shoved it in the hands of many of my friends so they too could have their hearts broken experience this amazing book for themselves. My Twitter mentions are full of people screaming at me, and it brings me immense joy like the Slytherin that
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and Paperbacks

ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

I started this immediately after finishing This Mortal Coil, and finished it within a day, so that should tell you all you need to know about my feelings about this book. This Cruel Design was just as fast-paced, well-written, and absolutely addicting as the first book.

The book picks up right where This Mortal Coil leaves off, and the action begins almost instantaneously. Readers have no cause to worry as the
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Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads
I had forgotten just how much I loved this mortal coil until I opened this cruel design and was sucked right back in! I knew I loved it, but forgot how well written it was, and how rich the world was.

I also love that it’s sci fi and not set in space! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

The gene hacking bio tech world of this series is wonderful - I’d definitely not want to live there, but it’s so clever and different. I really felt for Cat, she’s always playing catch up and feeling a step behind. But she’s loyal and brave,
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhh I need to write my review for this! You have just enough time to preorder and get goodies before it comes out!!
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you read book 1 you know it’s based on questionable morality & ethically ambiguous science resulting in an unpleasant set of circumstances. I like the world building & the way the story explores the difficult questions. Such as how much genetic material warrants an evolution passed human & into another species? Should the public have the ability to self regulate their own genome? If not, How much should be regulated? This world is harsh & book 2 is ugly. Be warned there is no HEA here. In fac ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended
Much like the first book, This Cruel Design is definitely a page-turner. But I have to admit that I expected it to be a lot more compelling, given the higher stakes. While there is a lot to love about this sequel, I think the character development and character relationships weren't given the attention they needed.

I am also not a huge fan of the final one-fourth of the book because some of the scenes dangerously bordered the deus ex machina line, while some character decisions weren't very beli
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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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