Suvada, Emily: This Mortal Coil.
This Mortal Coil
Penguin, 2017, pp464, 7.99 [pounds sterling]
978 0 14137927 2
A dystopian, sci-fi thriller with all the vivacity and roar of a summer thunderstorm! The story focuses on Cat; a gifted teenage hacker and the daughter of a gene scientist. Cat must fight to survive, as does the rest of the world, as the chilling and evolving Virus threatens humanity.
After two years of living in fear, Cat gets a visit from a stranger, Cole, who has a terrible message for her; her father has died. But before he died, her father had apparently invented a cure for the Virus, leaving a breadcrumb trail of clues for Cat to encrypt the cure. As the pressure mounts, Cat increasingly finds she doesn't know who she can really trust but when countless lives are at stake, doing the right thing can sometimes feel wrong. And when she comes within reach of saving the world, it turns out that life and all that Cat has known is not quite as straight forward as she might have originally thought.
This book packs a real punch and is an unravelling nexus of lies and secrets just waiting to emerge. There is plenty of tension throughout and heaps of plot twists which you definitely won't see coming, without giving too much away, the last 50 pages are riveting. The book's title, which gives a nod to Hamlet, 'When we have shuffled off this mortal coil./Must give us pause' suggests that this is story saturated in intelligent layers. The scientific and technical vocabulary that is littered throughout strongly highlights that is perfect fodder for more able students looking for an competent and electrifying read.