- Reading level: 12 - 16 years
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Penguin UK (1 November 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141379286
- ISBN-13: 978-0141379289
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,88,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Emily Suvada was born in Australia, where she went on to study mathematics and astrophysics. Her interest in science and tech never waned, particularly in genetic engineering and the question of what it means to be human. Emily's deepest passion has always been books, and though she always loved to write, she didn't truly find her voice until she combined this passion with her love of science. This Mortal Coil is Emily's first novel, and was crafted as the kind of book she loves most - fast-paced action with a healthy dose of futuristic technology and a horrifying virus. She now lives in the USA, in Portland, Oregon, with her husband. When not writing, she can be found hiking, cycling, and conducting chemistry experiments in her kitchen.
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I read this book in large chunks, having to put it down time and again because HOLY GOD THIS BOOK IS INSANE, and in the best way possible. The stakes are higher, the betrayals are rampant, the returning memories are shocking, the twists are fast and unexpected and the coding is… borderline insane and almost unrealistic, but somehow, brings this dystopian novel together with precision.
1. EMILY SUVADA (and I distinctly remember saying this in my review of This Mortal Coil as well) is a PLOTTING GENIUS. She recently wrote in her newsletter that she writes the last line of each of her chapters first and works backward from there, all for the SHOCK VALUE AND, YOU KNOW WHAT? I SEE THAT. Almost every chapter ends on such a note that you’re gasping in shock and grasping for more.
2. I LOVED re-meeting Cat, Leoben, Cole and even Anna, whom we learn more about in These Precious Scars. As we learnt the characters more, going deeper into the trauma of their past, the truth of what really happened to Jun Bei and how everything that happened affects their actions now. There was so much growth – or rather, revealing of – in all of the characters and I LOVED IT SO MUCH.
3. I cannot talk about how much that ending made me want to fling the book away and scream in agony at the year of waiting I have to do to get answers (I didn’t, obviously, I never hurt my precious book babies) but that cliff-hanger was INSANE and I don’t know what to do with myself.
4. Honestly, this book was AMAZING. There was never a single moment that I was bored, but always ALWAYS at the edge of my seat. The new characters, Mato and Regina in particular were so well fleshed out and I love that in ADDITION to great pacing and plot, the characters were so real.
Would I recommend this book? YES. DEFINITELY. Pick up This Mortal Coil and then This Cruel Design because they are probably the among the BEST series’ I’ve read in the last two years and YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE.
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To put it quite simply: this book was SO good! I had a hard time putting it down and couldn’t wait to find out what misadventures Cat and her unlikely team got into. This was a book of answers, and I was pleased to learn more about Cat, her past, her family, and her motivations. I had a lot of questions coming out of This Mortal Coil, so I was happy to have some of those questions answered.
The writing was beautiful in This Cruel Design, and the pace was quick. Cat raced against time in this book, which kept the storyline moving along swiftly.
The plot is wicked cool in this series, and I really liked the direction This Cruel Design took. Cat’s backstory was a real bomb dropped, and I didn’t see it coming. The storyline between Cat and Cole continued to progress, though not without some tension. I’ll be curious to see where their relationship goes in the next book.
The ending of the book was a whirlwind of fast-paced action. Sides were chosen, and not everyone made it out alive. The ending also left me eagerly anticipating the next book. At this point, I have no idea what’s going to happen next, but I can’t wait to find out!
All of the characters in the book were delightfully written, unique and original. Some of the new characters, like Mato and Regina, added to the story nicely. Where there’s good, there’s bad, and Mato and Regina, both morally gray characters, were fun to get to know. Jun Bei’s story also ramped up in This Cruel Design. The more I learn about Jun Bei, the more I like her character. She has a streak of compassion but all the hardness of someone who’s had a really hard life.
If you like science fiction, strong characters, and lots of action, I highly recommend you check out this wonderful series!
Thank you to NetGalley for providing the Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Wow I really enjoy this 2nd book and I didn't think we will find out so much and still have have so much to learn. I do really like the Science, DNA and learn about different area of the virus.
We learn that the virus was stop but a bigger virus is on it way and will kill everybody when it released. Also we learn some more about Cat learn and what happen with the 6 months of her life
I really dont like the romance and both pairs are really annoying...
For example Cole keep talking about their conversation to Anna but when Cat what answers it not my story to tell (no really 😑🤦♀️)
Than Mato, I understand not telling everything about someone pass and sent want to force anything or decision but using pain to force information out the person you love
One of the biggest surprises that I read in 2018 was Emily Suvada's debut novel This Mortal Coil. I've shouted about this book countless times and shoved it in the hands of many of my friends so they too could have their hearts broken experience this amazing book for themselves. My Twitter mentions are full of people screaming at me, and it brings me immense joy like the Slytherin that I am. Suffice to say that I was anxious & terrified to see what is in store next for the characters that I have come to love would be a drastic understatement.
Just when you thought everything was over, the story seems to have only just begun. The plot thickens for our group: this is a solid continuation of the series and the story is plotted intricately well. Reading the overarching storyline of the series is like a play broken down into three acts, and Suvada plotted it very well.
For those of you that have already read This Mortal Coil, you already know what to expect from Suvada's writing. The stakes have been raised and I was on the edge of my seat while reading, devouring every word as I tried to piece together what the heck was going on. I didn't know who to trust and honestly my heart couldn't take it.
I will admit that this book took a bit of time for me to settle into. But once I did find the time to all sit and read through the first few chapters I was hooked. Even though this book has a bit slower of a start, it still brings the chapterly (is that a word? it is now) revelations and the slower pacing at the beginning is worth it.
My favorite part of this installment in the trilogy is the exploration of the relationship between Leoben and Cat. Suvada is masterful with character development, and she does an excellent job in this book to bring more life and mystery to each of the characters. Everyone's shrouded in mystery and secrets. Everyone's past is a bit blurry. And I trust no one. (But I really want a t-shirt with a squid on it.)
At its core, This Cruel Design lies at a crossroads where Cat tries to figure out what makes her her and where the ethical line to genehacking and modifications lie. I love the ethical and moral dilemma of technology and science, so I really appreciated how this kind of takes center stage in the book.
"You are not your face, Catarina. You are not this body, either. I could take either of them from you, theoretically, and you would still exist. You don't have blood in your hair or broken fingernails. You don't have any hair at all. The entirety of you weighs a little over four pounds."
"If you drive a car, you don't become a car. You're always just the driver. Don't buy into the vehicle of your own flesh."
Cat is very much torn between who she believes herself to be and the person of her past that she cannot remember, and the plot is centered on that uncertainty. On whether or not the ends ever justify the means.
Overall, while the pacing of This Cruel Design was a bit slower for me to get into this was an amazing read that lived up to the glory of the first book. The stakes have been raised and our characters are all trying to do what they feel is right; right or wrong are both justified here and makes the reader question their loyalties. I absolutely love this series and will continue to shove it at everyone who will listen to me. THIS WILL BE MY LEGACY!