This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada – A Review

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada – A Review

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This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada follows seventeen-year-old Cat Agatta, daughter of a world-renowned geneticist, and opens as she is trying to survive an apocalyptic world where a virus known as Hydra. She lives in a cabin in the Black Hills, and she seems to be doing pretty well there until Cole, a soldier of the organization that kidnapped her father, comes to tell her that her father is dead and that she needs to help him unlock the vaccine to the virus.

I had many feelings while reading this book, some good, some bad.

Initially, I was really excited about the fact that both characters had someone else, so it seemed that there wouldn’t be a stereotypical love story – Cole had Jun Bei, and Cat had Dax, her father’s lab assistant. Still, Cole and Cat ended up falling for each other, and while I rolled my eyes at the predictability of it, I still got sappy at their romantic scenes.

This Mortal Coil is science fiction in a very science-enthusiastic sort of way. There’s a lot of detail in explaining how different things work, such as the panels that everyone has that control their bodies. I’ve always enjoyed science-fiction that actually puts some effort into explaining how it works, and This Mortal Coil was right on the mark with that.  I have a feeling that this book could have a part in getting girls more interested in STEM fields, which I have always found to be very important.

I will say, however, that there was a plot twist near the end of the book that made me uncomfortable. I know this is the first book in a series, though, so I’m holding out hope that this major plot twist will develop more in future books and make me not nearly as squeamish about it. We’ll see. On a positive note, this is one of the few books where I didn’t realize the major twist from the beginning – it was only a chapter or two before when I realized what was going to happen, and, even then, I still wasn’t completely sure until it happened.

I believe that This Mortal Coil was a very interesting, well-written book, but I sincerely hope that certain things get developed more in future books, as for now, parts of it just feel wrong. I look forward to seeing what happens in the future of this series, but, until then, I will remain apprehensive about that one major aspect of it.

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