I got my hands on an advanced reader copy of this book at the RivetedLit booth at Yallwest back in April 2017. This book will be published November 2017. My review is based on of the uncorrected proof. I also have found that when I discuss this book I get really into it and make the book sound weirder than it is. It is actually a really cool book so I will do my best to do it justice.
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada takes place in the future where humans can change their DNA with a simple code. They can change their hair color, eye color, skin color, etc just by uploading a new code into the panel on their arms. However, there is a disease that has been ravaging the world. It causes those infected to go through two stages. In the first stage they are simply feverish and insane. Once they reach the second stage they will explode into a pink mist that can spread within a mile radius. Anyone within that radius will become infected. Catarina Agatta is a hacker that has lived most of her life on her own after her father, a world famous geneticist was kidnapped and held hostage in order to find a cure. When a solider named Cole from the mysterious organization Cartaxus shows up at her door with the news that her father has died Cat is shocked. She has no time to process the information though because Cole informs her that her father has hidden the cure and only she can find it. As Cat rushes to find the cure she begins to uncover secrets about her father and her life that can affect the world.
I absolutely loved this book. Within the first ten pages of the book I knew that it was going to be one of my new favorites. That is not something I say lightly. It has always been really hard for me to pick favorites but this book had no problem jumping to the top of my lists. The plot was action packed from the start. It was filled with science and corruption and even some romance. But I want to focus on the science aspect of it.
This book dealt with stuff from the computer science field and the biology field. It was done it such an excellent way that I even understood the computer science parts of the book. The author clearly knew what she was talking about and had done her research before writing the book. When I read her bio at the end of the book I saw that she actually has studied astrophysics and mathematics which is how she was able to seamlessly add this information into her book. It was really well done because I never felt like I was reading a scientific manual. It always fit in with the storyline.
The plot was also extremely creative. It has been a while since I have been kept on my toes for a majority of a book because the ideas in it were new to me. There was one plot point that I had an idea of but had no idea how it could be done. Needless to say I was impressed when it was revealed. The characters were all great as well. Catarina was a great main character because she was well-rounded and dealt with things a lot of people deal with. Her world was constantly getting turned upside down and she was having to judge her beliefs on how the world worked. It was really interesting because the book was from first person point of view so as she learned new information so did I which meant my own beliefs on this fictional world would change. Not only did this book have a good scientific background but it also dealt with a lot of ethical and moral issues. You don’t always get to read a book that makes you think about serious concerns while keeping you entertained at the same time.
I really enjoyed this book and I honestly can see it being a huge hit once it is released. I cannot wait to read more from Emily Suvada.
Rating: 10/10 (over and over and over again if I could)
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