This Mortal Coil

This Mortal Coil

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In this gripping debut novel, seventeen-year-old Cat must use her gene-hacking skills to decode her late fathers message concealing a vaccine to a horrifying plague. Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but thats not what makes her special. In Cats 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. Thats no surprise, since Cats 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, Cats instincts tell her its just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cats 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?
In a world where people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, gene-hacking genius Cat must decrypt her late father's message concealing a vaccine to a horrifying plague.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, [2017]
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781481496339
1481496336
Branch Call Number: Teen Suv
Characteristics: 424 pages ; 24 cm

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PinesandPrejudice
Dec 20, 2017

I liked this book. It was intense and gripping and went through the plot full throttle. It was fearless and dirty and gritty. I appreciated the tone of the book and was grateful for the shift in normal YA safe violence.

My few problems with this book were the technical jargon and the familiar plot points like love triangles and revolutionary girl is the only one that can save the world. There was A LOT of technical exposition. It was needed for this sci-fi world and to someone who is interested in that stuff--like my bf--it was cool but I mostly glided through a lot of it. Similar to THE MARTIAN in that way. And of course, there were the age old love triangles and corrupt system that the main girl the only one who can save everyone. And then it's all about how she has to take everyone and everything down. Which was fine but I was disappointed because there were other things that were so unique and those plot devices were incredibly trope-y.

That said, I was gripped. There were times when I couldn't put this book down and other times I had to put it down to take a breath because it was so intense. Her writing style was good--lengthy at times but still good. Cat's character was ruthless and I appreciated that type of no nonsense, do-what-she-has-to kind of heroine. Also the twist at the end was good. I didn't see it coming until later in the novel which I always appreciate when a book can surprise me.

Overall it's good and I'm anxious to read the next one. I just have to be mentally prepared for it cause I'm sure it's going to be more intense than this one.

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