This Mortal Coil (Hardcover)

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Welcome to a world where people can synthetically change their DNA, changing how they look, making them stronger or giving them access to virtual reality. However, for the last two years a virus has swept over the world, called Hydra, forcing most of humanity into Cartaxus bunkers or fighting for survival on the surface. Catarina has survived the last few years on the surface avoiding Cartaxus bunkers as her father warned her never to go there after he was taken two years ago. But when Cartaxus comes looking for her and secrets her father covered up shake her world, Catarina is left making choices she never would have imagined. Emily Suvada creates an amazingly complex world with hauntingly realistic stories of what happens when science goes too far. One of the most unique and thrilling dystopians I've ever read, a must read for anyone who ever wonders about the extent of human genetics or anyone that wants an outstanding, different, heart pounding and mind bending new book to read.

— Kayla R., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board

This Mortal Coil is about a girl named Catarina who struggles to untangle the lies told by her absentee father as she tries to discover who her real friends are in a race against time. If you like action-packed books such as The Hunger Games or Legend, you will love This Mortal Coil.

— Kaitlin W., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board member

Set in the not-so-distant future, This Mortal Coil imagines what the world would be like if we could hack our DNA like we do computers. It’s a thrilling dystopian fiction, with an inspiring heroine and a swoon-worthy love interest. It has the perfect balance of romance and action. There’s also plenty of plot twists that will leave your heart racing and keep you up all night. Thankfully, This Mortal Coil takes your YA dystopian expectations turns them into something completely unexpected. If you love dystopia and romance, this one’s for you.

— Caitlin D., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board


In this gripping debut novel, seventeen-year-old Cat must use her gene-hacking skills to decode her late father's message concealing a vaccine to a horrifying plague.

Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that's not what makes her special. In Cat's 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.

That's no surprise, since Cat's 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, Cat's instincts tell her it's just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat's 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?
Product Details
ISBN: 9781481496339
ISBN-10: 1481496336
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: November 7th, 2017
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: This Mortal Coil