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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Reviews & Giveaway: This Cruel Design

Welcome to my stop for This Cruel Design on the Fantastic Flying Book Club blog tour

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada is book one of this Science Fiction series. Please check out my previous blog post and review of This Mortal Coil HERE. You can also read a free excerpt of This Mortal Coil HERE!

This Cruel Design

by Emily Suvada
Series: This Mortal Coil #2
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Print Length: 400 pages
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Edition: eARC
Genre: Young Adult - Science Fiction

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 “redefines ‘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.

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 algorithms 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.

Connect with the author:  

October 22nd- 29th 2018: Includes Welcome Interview, Reviews of This Mortal Coil & This Cruel Design, Book Aesthetic, & Playlist, Favorite Quotes, Author Q&A, Author Guest Post. Please visit Fantastic Flying Book Club for complete list.

Main Characters

  • Catarina Agatta/ June Bei 
  • Cole
  • Leoben
  • Lachlan
  • Mato


This story picks up right after book This Mortal Coil ends. Vaccine for the deadly Hydra virus that caused victims to violently explode was sent to everyone via a mass distributed code thanks to Cat. Downside though, Lachlan, the crazy scientist Catarina thought was her dead father is still on the loose with a plan to reprogram without permission the human race's genes.

Cat suffered a brain injury and the healing tech is causing side effects like hallucinations and memory recovery. She is also learning how to use all the tech, like VRR, that was previously unavailable to her when Cat thought she had hypergenesis. The Zarathusa gang has a hard time with Catarina's identity as she takes on more of June Bei's mannerisms. Catarina isn't as strong of a character as in book one but there is definitely a lot of growth.

New mutated strand of the Hydra virus kills faster and is immune to the vaccine. Cartaxus wants to raze the ground and start over but Catarina hopes there is another way. 


Futuristic USA where everyone is implanted with a control panel in their arm at birth that is used to code DNA to alter appearance and abilities. With so much constant access to technology people give up basic bodily functions and turn it over to algorithms to create space in their brain to think and code faster. Everyone is hackable, and that's a scary thought. 


technology and humanity - how much should we let it influence (control) our lives.

What did I like about the book?

The pacing was great. I like discovering more about June Bei and her parentage. Also I'm a total nerd for all the Sci-Fi! It really makes me think, do all the pros that comes full access in this world outweigh the very real potential cons. I can see society actually going in that direction.

I'm still not a fan of Cat and Cole together but I adored Leo and his nickname and easy going presence with Cat.

The twist ending!!!

What did I not like about the book?

The surprise twist cliffhanger at the end, did I just mention I liked that?! This is supposed to be a trilogy so now I have to wait for the conclusion.
Does this frustrate you in books as well? Leave me a comment about your book pet peeves!

Date Started/Finished : October 16h- 21st , 2018


Prize: 2 copies of This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada (USA only)
Starts: 10/22/18
Ends:  10/31/18

Recommend? YES

If you enjoyed book one- you'll love book two!
Rating: 5 /*****
based off Goodreads' ratings: 5 stars – it was amazing, highly recommend

Did you enjoy This Mortal Coil? Check out the prequel and This Cruel Design releases October 30th

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