The first book in the This Mortal Coil series.
Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction – Dystopian
Target Audience: 12+
Rating: C (56%)
Goodreads Rating: 3.5/5
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.
“It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fiiiiine.” – R.E.M
Okay, everything is so, totally, 100% NOT FINE. This god forsaken dystopian novel has ended at the beginning of some mighty-ass adventure story and I’m NOT OKAY. Okay? I have qualms to face with this novel and questions to raise. I have cute guys to fuss over and of course, don’t get me started on the bad guys.
Firstly, before all of that, let me get started on the fact that this book contains some pretty kick-ass characters. Cole is mighty fine and mighty deadly. Dax is mighty fine and mighty smart. Catarina managed to survive three years in the freaking wild with cannibalism and all! (That’s not a spoiler, it happens in like, chapter one.) Okay, I have to admit, this book is a little freaky and filled with cliches. Love at first sight? Check. Love triangle? Check. Some plot twists that I can’t go into because they’ll spoil you for the book? Check.
ALSO! This book has some pretty unexpected table turns! Some of the plot twists in this novel have me questioning WHAT THE HELL I just read. The twists and turns in This Mortal Coil were exceptional, but the plot? And the characterisation? Not so much. I feel as if I’ve been left without much knowledge of the characters I’m supposed to be following. Not to mention, WHY DOES SHE KEEP REFERRING TO THE GOD DAMNED PIGEONS?!
I do not understand. I feel as if there was a large portion of information missing from this novel and I can’t figure out if it was intentional or not. There are some plot holes I’ve found as well, like why didn’t Catarina wander away from where she was? Had a look at the world? There’s no way I would sit around in the same area for THREE FREAKING YEARS and not try and find a way out of the current predicament, but maybe that’s just me. I expect my main characters to be bad-ass, not submissive little shits. Again, maybe that’s just me.
I didn’t hate this novel by any means. I think it didn’t explain a whole lot. I think there were a ton of overused tropes spread throughout. I think that this novel could have been a lot better, but it wasn’t a bad read. As always, I recommend giving this one a read, just don’t enter this world with high expectations and you’ll probably find that you enjoy this novel.
The break down of my rating:
Style & Tone: 7/10
Enjoyment Factor: 6/10