Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.
That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.
When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.
Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?
Wow. As someone who is currently taking a post-apocalyptic literature class, I can say for sure this one hits it out of the park. The premise for this one is so refreshing, especially when it comes to post-apocalyptic novels. I for one am so sick of seeing zombie novels. Gene hacking is unique and I especially loved this instance of it. The only other time I’ve seen it is in Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, which I’m reading for class right now, but even then it’s more manipulation. (That book is honestly horrible don’t hurt me.) Hacking is equal parts awesome and utterly terrifying.
The characters in this one kept right of the page for me. I was rooting for Cat from the very start and I was way more invested than I should have been in her story. Cole is just utterly dreamy. I thought I would’ve been bothered by the working for the enemy trope but it really worked for me in this one.
The science in this one was so cool. I want more science and science fiction in YA but I feel like it’s a tricky balance to do. You have to explain to the reader what’s going on and how it all works without it seeming like a textbook or instructional pamphlet. This one did just that.
Can we talk about all the twists and turns? I’m one to figure things out early, usually, but I was stumped the whole way through with this one. Everything I thought I knew I honestly had no clue about. This does this mystery well though. I know plenty of times where the twists seemed forced or out of character for the book. A twist for the sake of being edgy not for the plot but each one of these truly belonged.
When is book two coming out? Because honestly, I need it right now.
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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 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.
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