Hi everyone! It’s Kaitlyn again! Now, you may be thinking, isn’t this a blog for writer stuff? The answer is yes, but I would also like to review some of my favorite books for you guys. So here it is! My favorite book from the past two months! (I will also do all of my reviews spoiler free so that everyone can enjoy it!)
Book: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
Published in late 2017
Catarina Agatta (Cat) is stuck in a dystopian world in which a virus has taken over and began killing people. While she is a hacker, she cannot hack this virus. Her father, Lachlan Agatta, a famous geneticist, was taken by an enemy group, Cartaxus, to find a cure for the virus. A Cartaxus soldier named Cole shows up at her house and informs her that her father has died and she is the one who must stop the virus. Will Cat be able to save the entire population, or will the virus demolish everything in its path, including Cat?
This is to be honest one of the most nail-biting novels I have ever read. Between the plot twists and the way Suvada so artfully weaves in scientific knowledge and how well the setting is depicted, for me this novel was truly thrilling. The novel itself is a dystopian teen fiction but it also incorporates science fiction elements such as biotechnology implanted into humans to give them different abilities. I, myself, had read some reviews before I bought the book, so I thought because I knew there were plot twists that I would figure out the twists before I read it. Nope! I was not even close. I think that’s why it was super enjoyable for me because it was almost like a mystery that I was trying to solve as I was reading the book.
Best things about the book:
-The setting was beautifully described and executed
-The plot was absolutely insane! (In the best possible way, of course!)
-The characters were lifelike and understandable. They also were incredibly dynamic.
-All of the science lingo and information was very well-done
Some of the things I didn’t like or didn’t understand:
-The beginning of this novel is very gory! While I can understand why some gore might be put in the novel, I just didn’t expect this much.
(WARNING TO SENSITIVE PEOPLE! This book contains mentions of cannibalism and detailed and brutal injuries! )
-Some of the plot twists make some of the details confusing. For instance, there sort of was a love triangle, or was there?
-Some of the cliches were still there among the plot twists
To be honest, most people either love or hate this book. I am one of the people that absolutely loves this even though parts of it can be a little cliche. I would definitely recommend this book; specifically to those of you that enjoy interesting science fiction or dystopian fiction. Altogether, Suvada did a very good job of making a 420 page whirlwind of a story, and I enjoyed every single page!