Book Review | This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

this mortal coil
Title: This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil, #1)
Author: Emily Suvada
Publish Date: November 7, 2017 by Simon Pulse
# of Pages: 425
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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(From Goodreads) Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?


Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 4
Pace – 5
Plot Development – 5
Ending – 5
Characters – 4
Enjoyability – 5
Ease of Reading – 5

Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada is an apocalypse style novel that features Catarina Agatta, a brilliant gene-hacker with a shadowy past. After surviving on her own for two years, successfully avoiding the plague, her world is rocked when a soldier shows up on her doorstep with a message from her father.

If you haven’t read this novel already, stop what you’re doing and go buy it! I loved it, and highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates science fiction and a healthy dose of apocalypse doom and gloom.

The book was well written and laden with rich details that made me feel as though I was right there with Cat as she hacked and coded her way through the book. It was fast-paced and intense. I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next as more and more of the puzzle was revealed.

This Mortal Coil began with lots of action and ended with plot twists so good I can’t help but be eager for the next book. I loved Cat’s interactions with Cole and their developing relationship throughout the book. Like Cat, I wasn’t sure if Cole was trustworthy, and their relationship showcased a lot of the uncertainty Cat felt.

All of the science fiction gene and and DNA details in the book were really neat! The level of detail made the book feel that much more real, and it was clear the author put a lot of thought into the execution of the story.

The antagonist in the book was completely unexpected. Actually, much of the last quarter of the book was unexpected, but in such a good way! I really enjoyed how the book messed with my mind. The basic truths at the beginning of the book turned  out to be false by the end of the book. Mind blown–seriously.

The characters were wonderfully written. Cat was a tough girl who just wanted to survive, Cole was a do-gooder, and Dr. Lachlan Agatta was an absolute enigma. Each character was written to play their part well.

Have I convinced you to read this book? I’ll be reading and reviewing This Cruel Designthe second book in the series, soon!


  • “‘Aint no point in living alone . . . The only damn thing that makes life worthwhile is people looking after each other.'”
  • “‘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.'”

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22 thoughts on “Book Review | This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

  1. Yay I’m so happy you loved this book. I read it not long before it came out last year and completely agree with how intense it was and very well done. I was apprehensive about YA scifi books before, but this book is a great sci-fi. Love the pictures as well 🙂

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  2. Lovely review, Ashley! You made me really curious about this book, I’ve seen it around a lot, but I wasn’t really sure about the plot of the book. It sounds amazing and I’m glad you enjoyed and weren’t expecting many things that happened.
    I’ll have to check it out myself! ❤

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  3. Wow the cover is breath taking! I love how simple and gorgeous it was. So the cover had me sold, the blurb sold me more, and your review definitely convinced me to pick this up next time I’m at the bookstore. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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