This Mortal Coil; by Emily Suvada

3 billion lives at stake. 
2 people who can save them. 
1 secret hidden in their DNA. 

A breathtaking debut series about one girl’s quest for answers in a genetically and technologically advanced future. 

There’s no gene for RUN LIKE HELL. 
When a lone soldier, Cole, arrives with news of Lachlan Agatta’s death, all hope seems lost for Catarina. Her father was the world’s leading geneticist, and humanity’s best hope of beating a devastating virus. Then, hidden beneath Cole’s genehacked enhancements she finds a message of hope: Lachlan created a vaccine. Only she can find and decrypt it, if she can unravel the clues he left for her. The closer she gets, the more she finds herself at risk from Cartaxus, a shadowy organization with a stranglehold on the world’s genetic tech. But it’s too late to turn back. As the pieces fit together it’s clear there is one final secret that Cat must unlock. A secret that will change everything. 

Release Date: Out Now

I received a copy of this book from Penguin in return for an honest review.

This book was a quick read for me, because once you start reading, you don’t want to put the book down. My partner has also read the book and he finished reading it in one day, it took me about 2 days because of work! 

You meet Catarina, the main character of this book as she is hunting pigeons to look into their DNA as we learn about the coding and changing of DNA to change the appearances and characteristics of things in the world set in this book. Cat is with her father and Dax living in a bunker in the woods until the men in her life are taken from her by Cartaxus, the leading company in genetic tech. Cat is hidden away from the company and her father warns her to never be caught by Cartaxus, so she hides out there surviving while a virus is spreading in the world causing death to many. 

Catarina, joins a rival organisation called the skies who regularly hack Cartaxus to release code to cure health conditions for free to people still living in the surface and not in the Cartaxus bunkers. She has a friend Agnes, who she is on her way to meet when she is warned about an unknown vehicle outside her place. Racing to get away from a Cartaxus agent, who her father warned her before he was taken himself, she is injured and then we learn that not is all as it seems. 

This agent will becoming integral to the story and there are many twists you may not see coming as we learn more about this virus that is taking over people and the rival organisations. 

I really enjoyed this book and read most of it in one sitting, I certainly did not see some of the twists coming. You can put some of the things together with the bits and pieces dropped throughout the book but I was kept guessing which kept me wanting to read on and now I can’t wait for the next book in the series. 

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