Title: This Cruel Design (This Mortal Coil #2)
Author: Emily Suvada
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publication Date: October 30th from Simon Pulse
Format: Kindle ARC
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 “redefine’s ‘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.
Blog Tour Schedule & Purchase Links
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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 alogrithms 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.
Since this is the second book in a series, I don’t recommend reading some of this post/review due to spoilers if you haven’t read the first book. But I was so happy when the FFBC was doing this tour for this sequel, since I was apart of the tour for the first book last year and loved it. This sequel was crazy fast paced and nuts! Here’s the break down:
- The recap: I had heard that the first chapter of this sequel was a good overview of book one to prepare for you the sequel. But personally, I’m bad with sequels if I read them a year apart. I read so many things and my memory isn’t great sometimes. So due to the one year gap, the first chapter didn’t help me get back into the story as well. I kept forgetting who some side characters even were and a few smaller events from book one. This caused me about 25% of the book to fully get invested in the series again.
- Romance: While I liked the romance enough in book one, it tanked in book two for me. Cole and Cat’s relationship is based on lies/not communicating, not talking and only just physical feelings that don’t much of a foundation. I just couldn’t root for them, when they know that they should tell each other the truth but don’t.
- Good amount of answers: This is one rare sequel for me that gives a good amount of answers to satisfy the reader. Oh boy do these answers create tension, shock and break neck pacing. While I’m not entirely sure of some of the answers at the end, I’m sure there will be room for getting concrete answers for book three. Don’t worry about the “sophomore slump” because it’s not here.
- More Building: In this sequel, we get more world building with seeing Entropia and also new characters that help expand the world and the science. I still can’t believe how Suvada conveys these scientific and genetic things so well for normal readers to understand. The world feels better and you feel the scope of the threat as well that permeates the story.
- It goes there: Oh boy this book kept surprising me with how dark it went. This book does have more violence, body harm and other darker situations. This series overall is very dark with radical scientific people and a horrifying plague and this book makes it feel so much more real. I wasn’t sure how things would progress, but by the end, I was so satisfied and shocked that I have no idea how the end will turn out. Surprises abound!
- Pacing: By the last half of the book, things just exploded. I stayed up later than normal to get this book done which has been rare for me. The small sacrifice of sleep was worth it.
Overall: This was a great sequel that surprised and shocked me! I NEED book three now because that ending was one of the most shocking endings I’ve read in quite a while. While it did take me some time to get back into it and I was lost on some characters, it was still good. NOTE: If you’re bad with sequels like me, read these books close together to keep that full grasp on the overall story 🙂
There are 2 finished copies of This Cruel Design up for grabs here! This giveaway runs from 10/22/18 and ends on 10/31/18. The link is here below to enter. Good luck!
What did you think of this sequel? Are you a fan of this series? Are you excited for this book?