THIS CRUEL DESING BLOG TOUR! THIS MORTAL COIL & THIS CRUEL DESIGN REVIEWS & A GIVEAWAY!!

33876440.jpgThis Mortal Coil

By Emily Suvada

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: November, 7, 2017

Genre:  Young  Adult  — Science  Fiction

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

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?

MY RATING: 5/5 STARS

MY THOUGHTS:

 “Nature designed this plague as a double-edged sword: It either takes your life, or it takes away your humanity.” I feel like the best place to start this review is with this quote, it really gathers the whole message of the book. I liked how there was only one chapter on backstory at the beginning to kind of get you set up, but things become known throughout the book. There wasn’t any part I found slow or hard to understand.

As for characters, I thought Catarina was one of my favorite main characters of all time. She was such a loyal person, I think that was what I most loved about her. She was a very strong character, physically and emotionally, which I don’t see often and really admired her for. I loved when she talked about coding, it was very clearly written out, explained, and understandable. Cole was a pretty solid match for Catarina, he was more forceful, while she was more intelligence, and it worked well as the story progressed.

Usually I feel like sci-fi books are very wordy, with not a lot going on, but this book was concise, and had a lot of action packed scenes. I was happy that romance wasn’t one of the main focuses of the story, but it was trickled in in just the right places. This was definitely a survival of the fittest type book, that I highly enjoyed. I was also happy to have the sequel on hand to start immediately.

 

38316465.jpgThis  Cruel  Design  

by Emily  Suvada  

Publisher:  Simon  Pulse  

Release  Date:  October 30,  2018  

Genre:  Young  Adult  — Science  Fiction 

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: 

Cat thought the Hydra epidemic was over, but when new cases pop up, Cat must team up with an enemy to fix the vaccine before the virus spirals out of control in this thrilling sequel to This Mortal Coil, which New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman says “redefines ‘unputdownable.’”

The nightmare of the outbreak is finally over, but Cat’s fight has only just begun.

Exhausted, wounded, and reeling from revelations that have shaken her to her core, Cat is at a breaking point. Camped in the woods with Cole and Leoben, she’s working day and night, desperate to find a way to stop Lachlan’s plan to reprogram humanity. But she’s failing—Cat can’t even control her newly regrown panel, and try as she might to ignore them, she keeps seeing glitching visions from her past everywhere she turns.

When news arrives that the Hydra virus might not be as dead as they’d thought, the group is pushed into an uneasy alliance with Cartaxus to hunt down Lachlan and fix the vaccine. Their search takes them to Entropia, a city of genehackers hidden deep in the desert that could also hold the answers about Cat’s past that she’s been searching for.

But when confronted with lies and betrayals, Cat is forced to question everything she knows and everyone she trusts. And while Lachlan is always two steps ahead, the biggest threat to Cat may be the secrets buried in her own mind.

MY RATING: 5/5 STARS

PLEASE DON’T READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY READ THIS MORTAL COIL, BECAUSE THERE MAY BE POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST BOOK!!!!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

“Erasing memories is easy- but suppressing them is hard.” I felt the need to start here with this review because this is the main focus, in my mind of this book. A lot of betrayal has happened since book one started so Catarina is in a place where she doesn’t know who she can trust even more than the last book. I love that the second book started with a bit of a re-cap of the first book. Even if I hadn’t read This Mortal Coil right before this one, I would be able to pick right up.

I found this book way more romance heavy, but it didn’t bother me since it seemed like that was where it was going to go after the first book ended. You got way more of a backstory pretty quickly in this book, I almost felt like I was reading about different characters, since they had all matured so much. There was a lot more DNA changing throughout this one, which I found pretty cool. People were changing their DNA in some of the coolest ways I can think of.

I love that this author is so descriptive in her writing, but not overwhelming. I felt each scene unfolding in front me vividly. I did find this book a lot more graphic than book one, but nothing too much for me to handle personally. This book is one to pick up if you want a twisty, roller-coaster of a ride through the most amazing sci-fi setting I’ve ever read about.

 

BOOK LINKS

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BOOK DEPOSITORY

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emily Suvada was born and raised in Australia, where she went on to study mathematics and astrophysics. She previously worked as a data scientist, and still spends hours writing algorithms to perform tasks which would only take minutes to complete on her own. When not writing, she can be found hiking, cycling, and conducting chemistry experiments in her kitchen. She currently lives in Portland, OR, with her husband.

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GIVEAWAY

Prize: 2 copies of This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada (USA only)

Starts: 10/22/18

Ends: 10/31/18

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

Tour Schedule

October 22nd

That Artsy Reader Girl – Welcome Interview

October 23rd

The Reading Corner for All – Reviews of This Mortal Coil & This Cruel Design, Book Aesthetic, & Playlist
Fan-Girl-Tastic – Review of This Cruel Design & Favorite Quotes
Oh Hey! Books – Author Q&A
Boston Book Reader – Reviews of This Mortal Coil & This Cruel Design
It Starts At Midnight – Review of This Cruel Design

October 24th

Book Dragon Lair – Reviews of This Mortal Coil & This Cruel Design
Angela Walker’s Reviews – Reviews of This Mortal Coil & This Cruel Design
Justicereads – Reviews of This Mortal Coil & This Cruel Design
808bookdr – Reviews of This Mortal Coil & This Cruel Design (+ TMC Giveaway)

October 25th

Vicky Who Reads – Author Guest Post
Paws and Paperbacks – Review of This Cruel Design
Reader Rising – Reviews of This Mortal Coil & This Cruel Design
the Bibliophagist – Reviews of This Mortal Coil & This Cruel Design

October 26th

Rhythmicbooktrovert – Reviews of This Mortal Coil & This Cruel Design
Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Review of This Cruel Design
Belle’s Archive – Review of This Cruel Design
Bri’s Book Nook – Reviews of This Mortal Coil & This Cruel Design

October 27th

Portrait of a Book – Reviews of This Mortal Coil & This Cruel Design
MetalPhantasmReads – Review of This Cruel Design
Morgan Vega – Reviews of This Mortal Coil & This Cruel Design, Creative BookTube Video
Confessions of a YA Reader – Author Guest Post

October 28th

Bookish Friends and Felines – Reviews of This Mortal Coil & This Cruel Design
Magical Reads – Review of This Cruel Design and Creative Quote Designs
Library of a Book Witch – Reviews of This Mortal Coil & This Cruel Design
The Critic Uncritical Bookworm – Reviews of This Mortal Coil & This Cruel Design
Luchia Houghton – Review of This Cruel Design

October 29th

Kat’s Books – Review of This Cruel Design, Author Q&A
Book Lady’s Reviews – Review of This Cruel Design
Vicarious Bookworm – Review of This Cruel Design, Bookish Soundtrack
Hauntedbybooks – Review of This Cruel Design

I’d like to thank Fantastic Flying Book Club, Simon Pulse, and Emily Suvada for supplying me with copies of these two books, and making this blog tour possible.*

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