This Cruel Design

This Cruel Design

by Emily Suvada


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ISBN-13: 9781481496360
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Series: Mortal Coil Series
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 32,049
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Emily Suvada was born and raised in Australia, where she went on to earn a degree in mathematics. She previously worked as a data scientist, and still spends hours writing algorithms to perform tasks which would only take her 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, Oregon, with her husband.

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This Cruel Design 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
HugsandKissesforBooks 9 days ago
Intriguing sci-fi and the best science fiction series I’ve read! Thanks to NetGalley, Edelweiss and Simon Pulse for the opportunity to read and review This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada! Cat, Cole and Leoben are hiding while resting and waiting for Cole to heal from the explosion. Cat is also waiting for her tech to start working again. She is with Cole in the forest when they both see Virtual Reality videos replaying from her past. She realizes that she’s missing six months of her life with no recollection or records of where she was or what happened to her. Cat is discussing this with Cole when Leoben’s Jeep is hit and explodes. Cat finally meets Anna and together the group works with Mato, another coder, to find Lachlan’s hideout. Changes keep occurring to the virus and it seems to be mutating too quickly for a vaccine to work or be adjusted. Every time I think that Cat can’t have any more surprises, the author proves me wrong. Another twisting book in the This Mortal Coil series and I’m looking forward to the next and third installment, 5 stars!
Aditi-ATWAMB 20 days ago
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.
JillJemmett 3 months ago
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.
AngelaWalker 6 months ago
A copy of this ebook was provided to me from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a review. Set in a 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. This story picks up right after book 1 ends. Vaccine for the deadly Hydra virus that caused victims to violently explode was distributed to everyone via a mass distributed code thanks to Cat. Lachlan, the crazy scientist Catarina thought was her dead father is still on the loose with a plan to alter without permission the human race's genes. Cat and her friends are trying to stay undiscovered and recover from the aftermath. 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. 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!!! I hate that I have to wait for the conclusion- this is NOT a duology.
tpolen 7 months ago
The first book in this series, This Mortal Coil, was one of my most captivating reads last year. Any books involving genetic engineering? Yes, please. I was so excited to receive an ARC of This Cruel Design, but also cautiously optimistic that it would live up to my heightened expectations. No worries - it more than delivered, and is just as addictive as the first book. I had no trouble falling right back into Cat's world, but still appreciate the recap in the first couple of chapters. Strong characterization is one of the strong points of this series, and I thought I knew these characters' secrets - wrong. So very wrong. More gasp-worthy secrets, hidden agendas, surprising relationship reveals - strap yourselves in and be prepared. The coding technology continues to thrill my inner science geek, and comes across as absolutely realistic the way it's written. With a unique plot line, strong, likable characters pushed to their limits, a fast pace, and futuristic technology, this series will appeal to YA sci-fi fans, and is easily a crossover. My wait for the next book will not be patient or pleasant. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.