THIS CRUEL DESIGN by Emily  Suvada


From the "Mortal Coil" series, volume 2
Age Range: 14 - 18
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A new virus threatens humanity in the follow-up to This Mortal Coil (2017).

It’s only been a week since 18-year-old crackerjack coder Catarina “Cat” Agatta sent the vaccine she helped develop into the gentech embedded in every person, eradicating a terrible virus that caused its victims to detonate, leaving survivors holed up in underground bunkers. Unfortunately, Cartaxus scientist Dr. Lachlan Agatta, who taught Cat everything she knows, and who she thought was her father until recently, has fled, taking his plan to recode humanity with him. Cat and her companions must stop Lachlan and find a way to head off a new strain of the virus that kills even faster than the last before Cartaxus takes extreme measures. Additionally, Cat’s suppressed childhood memories are coming back with a vengeance, and she must come to terms not only with her identity, but also her destiny. Suvada has created a fascinating, complex world where DNA can be easily manipulated (and where race isn’t easily defined) and technology can open the mind to endless possibilities. Respecting her readers, she offers plenty of food for thought about how far technology can take humanity and how far we should let it. Plenty of (occasionally terrifying) action and twists keep the pages turning all the way to the revelatory finale. New readers may be a bit lost and will want to begin with the first volume.

Convoluted but breathlessly exciting. (Science fiction. 14-18)

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-4814-9636-0
Page count: 432pp
Publisher: Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2018


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