A breathtaking debut about one girl's quest for answers in a genetically and technologically advanced future.
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.
There are three billion lives at stake, two people who can save them, and one final secret that Cat must unlock. A secret that will change everything.
Reviewed by Olivia at Angus & Robertson Bookworld:
In a time where young adult dystopias have mostly retreated out of the limelight, newcomer Emily Suvada has managed to bring something new to the table in This Mortal Coil, an exciting novel that offers a refreshing take on a YA staple.
In the world of This Mortal Coil, a virus is in the process of leaving humankind devastated and its only hope lies in Caterina Agatta, the only daughter of a mysteriously dead geneticist who must unlock the clues to a cure while battling the malevolent gene-tech society Cartaxus. This book has all the right elements to make it a favourite amongst veteran YA fans: an explosive plot, a plucky main character, fascinating world-building, a sweet romance, and twists that are the farthest thing from cliched. If you’re looking for your next great book, this is it - read This Mortal Coil and discover one of the best YA debuts of 2017!