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This Mortal Coil* by Emily Suvada

September 10, 2019
This Mortal Coil* by Emily Suvada

This Mortal Coil is one of my new favourite books and a new favourite series. I flew through this and immediately ordered This Cruel Design which I read just as quickly (review to come soon).

A futuristic zombie apocalypse with a difference. In this world every person has a panel in their arm, kind of like a built-in iPhone that's made of silicone that you can add apps too, can hack and modify which in turn modifies the person. There are apps that can cure disease, change appearance, enhance healing and everything in between. Basically, if you can code it into the panel you can do it.

The novel starts out with Catarina living with her father in a cabin waaaay out in the woods due to a virus that has swept the globe called Hydra. Essentially, it makes human combust releasing spores that infect others. A side effect of this virus is that if a healthy human smells a stage one infected victim they are turned into a mindless killing machine. They call it the rage, the reaction to the scent the infected give off and it's impossible to ignore. If you want to keep yourself from getting infect you need to eat the flesh of a stage one's gross but such a clever twist on the usual zombie apocalypse scheme.

I loved Catarina as a character. She's unapologetically intelligent and even then she is constantly underestimated by those around her. She isn't a fighter physically but she doesn't give up and always tries to do the right thing. I particularly loved her dynamic with Cole and how their relationship went from hostile to allies. She's a real joy to read the perspective off. Don't get me wrong, she's not infallible. She really should trust people with her plans more, open up and let people in. It's easier said than done though when you've had the upbringing she's had.

This Mortal Coil has one of the most surprising and 'edge of your seat' inducing plots I've ever read. I've got pretty good at predicting plots in both books, films and tv shows but there's no way I could have ever seen where this book was going to go. It was amaaaaazing. I can't wait for the next book and all the future books that Emily writes.

And she works in STEM!


Name: This Mortal Coil*

Author(s): Emily Suvada

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Pages: 450


Rating: 5/5

Have you read This Mortal Coil*?

What did you think?

Thank you for reading,

Katie x

  • Reply
    September 10, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Hi Katie!
    I have heard of this book in passing, but I am surprised by its unique twists on zombies. With every zombie story, however, I have to remind myself that I, in fact, am a coward with a wild imagination. How creepy is this book? Does the author use any graphic descriptions or violent plot events? I am intrigued, though, because it sounds like the story has a futuristic feel (with iPhone-like machinery in humans) and then it is in contrast with the very animalistic, kind of savagery of zombies. I am curious about that delicate balance the author probably teeters back and forth with.
    Either way, just thought I’d say hello. I haven’t been active much in the book blogging community and I am slowly easing my way back into it. Hope to stop by again soon! Love your blog (writing style, color scheme, and all!).
    Have a good day,

    • Reply
      Katie - A Novel Idea
      September 12, 2019 at 7:20 pm

      Hey Dina!

      It is pretty creepy and whilst the language isn’t necessarily graphic the images it conjures are.

      Welcome back to the blogging world and thank you for your lovely compliments. It means the world to me.

      Katie x

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