This Cruel Design by Emily SuvadaThis Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

This Cruel Design

byEmily Suvada

Hardcover | October 30, 2018

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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.
Title:This Cruel DesignFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:October 30, 2018Publisher:Simon PulseLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1481496360

ISBN - 13:9781481496360


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Shock Value is REAL If you didn’t already know, This Mortal Coil, Emily Suvada’s debut novel and the first book in this series, was one of my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITES of 2017. It was unique, fast-paced, and kept me at the edge of my seat throughout. I was absolutely awestruck and when I got the opportunity to read This Cruel Design, because after the previous book’s ending, I NEEDED THIS ONE. I read this book in large chunks, having to put it down time and again because HOLY GOD THIS BOOK IS INSANE, and in the best way possible. The stakes are higher, the betrayals are rampant, the returning memories are shocking, the twists are fast and unexpected and the coding is… borderline insane and almost unrealistic, but somehow, brings this dystopian novel together with precision. MY THOUGHTS: 1. EMILY SUVADA (and I distinctly remember saying this in my review of This Mortal Coil as well) is a PLOTTING GENIUS. She recently wrote in her newsletter that she writes the last line of each of her chapters first and works backward from there, all for the SHOCK VALUE AND, YOU KNOW WHAT? I SEE THAT. Almost every chapter ends on such a note that you’re gasping in shock and grasping for more. 2. I LOVED re-meeting Cat, Leoben, Cole and even Anna, whom we learn more about in These Precious Scars. As we learnt the characters more, going deeper into the trauma of their past, the truth of what really happened to Jun Bei and how everything that happened affects their actions now. There was so much growth – or rather, revealing of – in all of the characters and I LOVED IT SO MUCH. 3. I cannot talk about how much that ending made me want to fling the book away and scream in agony at the year of waiting I have to do to get answers (I didn’t, obviously, I never hurt my precious book babies) but that cliff-hanger was INSANE and I don’t know what to do with myself. 4. Honestly, this book was AMAZING. There was never a single moment that I was bored, but always ALWAYS at the edge of my seat. The new characters, Mato and Regina in particular were so well fleshed out and I love that in ADDITION to great pacing and plot, the characters were so real. Would I recommend this book? YES. DEFINITELY. Pick up This Mortal Coil and then This Cruel Design because they are probably the among the BEST series’ I’ve read in the last two years and YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE.
Date published: 2019-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved this book as much as the first. There were still lots of surprises throughout the book, though not as much as the first book. There were a couple of things about the origins of certain characters which I guessed correctly. I gasped at the end of so many chapters. It was so good! I don’t know a lot about science or coding, so I think some of those parts of the story went over my head. I found the technology fascinating, even though I didn’t understand all of it. I think the panels are a real possibility in our future. I loved this book. The ending was so good! I can’t wait for the next one! I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2018-12-17

Editorial Reviews

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)