Review | This Mortal Coil Is Sci-Fi Gold

This Mortal CoilMortal

By: Emily Suvada

Overall Rating: ★★★★

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.

Her father, 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?


If you like science fiction involving genetics, human viruses, and post-apocalyptic worlds then this book is for you! I loved it and will be adding it to my favorite sci-fi reads of 2018. Can this just be a movie already?

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The Good

Real Resident Evil Vibes

If you love Alice’s story, anything having to do with Raccoon City, or the Umbrella Corporation (all you Red Queen lovers rejoice), you’ll love this book. Cat is basically a teenage version of Alice and it’s uh-mazing.


Cole Franklin, Deadly Super Soldier & Man of My Dreams

Cole is programmed and trained to protect Cat with his life. He’s also dark-haired, blue-eyed, and totally swoon worthy. Please join me in loving this deadly, adorable, smol, cinnamon roll.

A Fresh Take On a “Zombie” Virus

There are so many apocalyptic stories that involve virus outbreaks, but Suvada managed to turn something classic into something completely new. The virus infects humans, but instead of turning the infected into monsters, it turns survivors into animalistic rage monsters who need to eat infected flesh in order to survive. WHAT. THE. EFF. (In a Good Way)


Did Not See That Villain Coming

I honestly could not figure out any of the plot twists that took place in the second half of the book…and I pride myself on my detective reading skills. Not only was I NOT expecting that villain, I was completely thrown when the “real” bad guy(s) show up. Like, completely hit with a train, sideswiped, did not see it coming. OH WHHAAATT???

The Bad

More Virus Please

There are only a few moments in the entire book where we see the virus in action, but if I’m being honest I wanted more. More rage monsters, more virus infections, more creepy ways to stay immune. I want it all!

The Other Plot Twist That Could Have Gone Very Wrong

There’s a point about 100 pages from the end where we learn something very important about Cat and Cole and it threw me WAY off. I had to give myself some space from the story for a day because I was worried Suvada was going in a weird direction with their relationship and I just wasn’t having it. LUCKILY, she took it in the right direction, but still deducting a tenth of a point for giving me funky vibes for a quick minute.


The Ugly Truth

This is such a good sci-fi read. I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book. If you like post-apocalyptic worlds with human viruses and science talk, you should give this one a go!

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