This Mortal Coil

This Mortal Coil

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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Simon Pulse,, [2017]
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781481496339
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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