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This Mortal Coil - Emily Suvada


Published: 30th October 2017
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Published: 2nd November 2017
For Ages: 12 - 17 years old
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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.

About the Author

Emily Suvada was born in Australia, where she went on to study mathematics and astrophysics. Her interest in science and tech never waned, particularly in genetic engineering and the question of what it means to be human. She thought it would be fun to explore these interests through characters running for their lives in a futuristic hellscape, so she wrote This Mortal Coil. She now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband. When not writing, she can be found hiking, cycling, and conducting chemistry experiments in her kitchen.


This Mortal Coil is a twisty tale


Once it gets really going, from early on, This Mortal Coil, a debut novel from Australian-born Emily Suvada, does not let up. One of the most impressive things about this debut is the way Suvada intertwines high-tech science, such as bodily implanted panels and genetic tweaking of human senses, into the unfolding narrative. The title refers to both our DNA and the perilous frailty of human life, especially when confronted with a catastrophic virus named Hydra. It's a frenetic race against time to unlock an encrypted secret vaccine in which no one is safe and nothing is what it seems. There are loads of surprises, none of which I was able to predict. Highly recommended for those who like their thrills served up with intelligence.

Melbourne, Australia


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ISBN: 9780141379272
ISBN-10: 0141379278
Audience: Children
For Ages: 12 - 17 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 30th October 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1