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This Vicious Cure

(This Mortal Coil #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  970 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Cat is desperate to find a way to stop Cartaxus and the plague in this gripping finale to a series New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman says “redefines ‘unputdownable!’”

Cat’s hacking skills weren’t enough to keep her from losing everything—her identity, her past, and now her freedom. She’s trapped and alone, but she’s survived this long, and she’s not giving up w
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Simon Pulse
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Kristina Miller According to Goodreads, expected publication is December 31st, 2019.

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Emer (A Little Haze)
And so the ultimate tropetacular fest of science batshittery draws to its conclusion and I’m feeling somewhat underwhelmed.

That’s not to say that this was a poor book... but endings are just hard. And I’m not sure I was ever going to truly be happy with any ending that didn’t have a bit more emotional fallout than this one.

SPOILERS FOR BOOKS 1 AND 2 and mild(ish) spoilers for book 3

Things I loved:

The crackpot science was utterly fascinating in this though. Honestly I was glad that
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Emily, if for some reason you read this, thank you so much for writing this series and giving me something to love so dearly when I was in the darkest moments of my life.

Hm... okay. Initial thoughts: Did I think I hyped this up a bit too much in my head to the point it was unrealistic that any book could meet them? Yes. Did this book *nearly* meet them? Also yes. I really enjoyed this. I loved the dual perspectives and being able to see the relationship dynamics with everyone was great. It wa
Kelli Wilson
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fabulous ending to a great trilogy! I'm thrilled to say that the final book was the best of the series. After talking with a few other goodreaders it seems this series has been underrated so far. If you enjoy post apocalyptic, exciting and fast paced then definitely check this series out!
Patty (IheartYA)
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I generally do not like to read (or finish) books of a series, and unfortunately This Vicious Cure fell slightly short-of-fantastic as the finale of a trilogy. I tend to either get bored or find the story tedious after book 2 of a series. Book 2 was not as good as 1, and book 3 not as good as 2. The story seemed to derail and felt drawn out. Parts were jumbled and moved too quickly while others lacked focus to move the story along. The writing style, world building and characters were kick ass, ...more
Kal ★ Reader Voracious
I finished. It's so hard to say goodbye to such a beautifully written and smart trilogy, one that I love so much. It wasn't perfect, but I devoured it and feel so immensely satisfied with how it ends.

I'm fine. Really. Don't mind these tears. RTC.

Edit: I just read the hidden epilogue and my GOD.
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Jessica {Litnoob}
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Whatever people do to animals they’ll eventually do to their enemies. And whatever they do to their enemies, they’ll eventually do to one another.”

Y’all 😭 it’s over and I wasn’t ready! This series has been an instant favorite to me for so many reasons. Weird coding science I’m totally not smart enough to understand but wish I could? Sign me up! An entire cast of morally grey completely untrustworthy characters? Yes please! A fight over what it means to be human, and what makes a family? That i
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Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Louise Nice

This Vicious Cure is the third and final book in Emily Suvada’s This Mortal Coil trilogy and it is a fantastic gene-hacking based book that is set in a post-apocalyptic world. This Vicious Cure certainly cured the need to know how the characters ended up fairing at the end of this series!

Before delving into why I loved This Vicious Cure, let’s recap book 1 (This Mortal Coil) and book 2 (This Cruel Design). In This Mortal Coil, we meet
Mind: blown. Heart: full. Tech: glitching.

Nicole (FearYourEx)
I think this was a very fitting end for the series. And I highly recommend this series. Although reading it during COVID is a bit odd




In my review of book #1 (This Mortal Coil), I stated that "this was completely comprehensible and a seriously compelling story, especially for a book involving gene hacking, splicing, decoding and lots of technical terms and such". In my review for Book #2 (This Cruel Design), I stated that "I wished I
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Strong, remarkable women as heroines, villains and the morally ambiguous surviving against all odds. An airborne virus morphing formerly healthy individuals into bloodthirsty monsters and an all encompassing corporation determined to regulate and manipulate the civilian population as opposed by a community of genehackers. A science fiction thriller blending friendship, romance and a revolution of mammoth proportions.

The This Mortal Coil Trilogy is an intelligent, captivating and atmospheric sci
Time spent waiting until I could get my hands on this book: over 12 months
Time spent reading this book: a day and a half
Now what the hell am I supposed to do with my life??

I have just finished this final book in this awesome series, and I now have that melancholy feeling one gets when you’ve spent so much time and felt so many feelings in a wonderfully crafted world, and that’s it. It’s done. It’s all over.

This Vicious Cure was a fitting conclusion to the trilogy and it really epitomised the st
Nova Syzygy
Well...this was...underwhelming. I was expecting an emotional roller coaster, but instead I got...nothing. The greatest emotional reaction this got out of me was some mild sadness when Mato (my favorite character) died. Emotion-wise, the first book was the best, but plot-wise, this is the best out of all of them. I think my apathy might have something to do with having really high expectations for a book. So far, the sequels I’ve really wanted to read for months have turned out disappointing, an ...more
THIS SERIES! Y'all, this series is amazing. Everything I loved from the first two (the intensity, the emotional turmoil, the gritty storyline, etc.) is all wrapped up into this one. Emily Suvada is a genius and I know she just had a baby and the third book just came out but I would like another book ASAP. Or, take your time because I get that quality takes time, I'm just impatient.

The dual perspectives from Jun Bei and Catarina were parallel in their intensity. Suvada is so good at cliff hangers
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love this series, I'm sad this is the end! All three books are so cleverly written and Suvada has created such an amazingly detailed world. The world she has created details a future which I could see possible for us, especially in terms of the development of genetech and the issues that surround it.

This book is taken from the perspectives of both Jun Bei and Catarina, which means the story can develop from two points of view. The reader gets a deeper exploration of many of the characters
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult / Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5-4


This Vicious Cure is the third and final installment in author Emily Suvada's Mortal Coil trilogy. What you should know: A virus nearly brought humanity to the very brink of the apocalypse. Hydra was a virus that caused spontaneous combustion in humans called a Hydra cloud. There was a cure found, but things aren't as peaceful as one might think. For this final installment, the author actually alternates chapters betwee
Ayla C
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Where should I start... Like the previous books in the series, This Vicious Cure doesn't have the most beautiful prose of the best characters ever, but if you love this series for the story and science--I definitely do!--you'll forgive it for its flaws. Really, just the originality and, oh, the goosebumps-inducing logic, earned it 5 stars from me.
Kayla (krakentoagoodbook)
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ok, wow. This was a very satisfying conclusion to the series. We get more insane reveals and things kinda come full circle. The dynamics between all of the characters were great, and I definitely liked seeing how everyone grows over these books.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOOOOOOK. I am dead and reborn.
michelle (magical reads)
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

this probably would’ve been better if I remembered more of the last two books but I actually liked this ending!
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible-books
I waited to read all three before putting together a review. I wanted to review the series as a whole.

Book 1:

The Mortal Coil was really good, I gave it a 4 star rating. First books in a series are always jam packed with information and sometime we can get lost in that info. But with MC I didn’t get lost in the info I actually took interest in the information given. It allowed me to understand what the author intended for the virus. For the characters Kat was interesting but not so much in the
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
Spoilers below for books one and two.

I am so sad to see this series end!  All three of these books kept me at the edge of my seat while reading.  As with all my other sequel reviews, I can't talk too much about the plot without ruining anything.  I'll do my best to share a bit though.

Emily Suvada has created a trilogy that is so smart and thrilling.  I could feel my heart rate picking up during certain parts.  It was so hard to put all three of these books down.  Sometimes I'm let down by the co
Joanna Bennett
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Well, guys. I finished the series. I’m so glad I started the first book in December so I didn’t have to wait long before the ending came out. I will say that overall I am pleased with how the last book turned out. I’m just disappointed with two tiny things (maybe 3, ha).

There is no way to make this spoiler free so read at your own risk. You have been warned!

The book is split into two point-of-views: Catarina and Jun-bei. I liked this set up because it really added to the suspense and the plot. T
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
He says "Toe MAY toe"
She says, " Toe MAH toe"
I say, " To MATO" ( Damn you Mato)
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-review
This Vicious Cure is the conclusion to the series that explores gene-hacking, change of DNA and global pandemics. Catarina has fought against losing her own humanity along with every person in the world as they once again need a new vaccine to combat a new threat larger and more devastating than before. I was so lucky to have the second and third book in my hands at the same time as I finished This Cruel Design and I was able to immediately open up This Vicious Cure and continue reading.

April B.
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This Vicious Cure (This Mortal Coil, #3) by Emily Suvada

I can not sing this series praises enough! This is the best Sci-fi series ever written!! I will be rereading these books for years to come and still loving it! Do yourself a favor and read this series, then have your friends read this, you won't regret it!
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This Vicious Cure is the eagerly awaited third and final book in the This Mortal Coil series. I was a little delaying in picking up this third book after it’s publication (or one of the other librarians gave it to a student before I could read it!) so it was during the height of the first wave of COVID-19 that I was reading this conclusion to a series about a serious virus that kills and dramatically alters society. It’s surprising how many books there are bout deadly plagues and virus, but I th ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
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2.5 stars ✨

This Vicious Cure was one of my most anticipated releases for the year and therefore it pains me to admit how unsatisfied and disappointed I was with the conclusion to this trilogy. I was so excited for this release that I reread the first and seconds books–something I almost never do–because I loved them so much and wanted to fully enjoy the series all over again before starting this. Now I’m think that might have been a bad idea and perhaps th
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, audio-book-2020
4.5 stars

This was better than I could have imagined. Full of twists, turns, secrets, and surprises - I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I'm only sad this is over. :(
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of dystopian stories, don't sleep on this series! It is wicked smart SciFi that's absolutely fascinating to wrap your head around. What if gene hacking is our future? 🤯 The series conclusion was twisty, well paced and had a few surprises. I wanted more Cole but otherwise absolutely satisfied. Can't say too much more without spoiling the earlier books so just run and grab This Mortal Coil! Then come chat with me 😘
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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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