If you love YA Sci-Fi than add This Mortal Coil to you TBR lists. This debut novel by Emily Suvada puts you into a world where an epidemic is rampant and it’s up to one girl, and her questionable companion, to find the vaccine that could save them all.
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About This Mortal Coil
Title: This Mortal Coil
Author: Emily Suvada
Pub. Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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?
What is your writing process like? Are you a pantser or a plotter?
I’m a mixture. I usually outline over-arching plot lines that lay out the big “beats” in a book – what kicks it off, what raises the stakes, what turns everything upside down – and then I fill in the spaces between those beats with scenes that are more fluid and improvised. I usually go through two to three full rewrites for my books, each time moving plot points around and adding more action and foreshadowing. It’s not a very efficient process, but it seems to be the only thing that works for me!
What inspired you to write a YA Sci-Fi novel?
YA Sci-fi is my favorite genre! The old rule is to write what you read – and I read and love YA, sci-fi, and YA sci-fi in particular. I have over 20 book ideas jotted down, and almost all of them are YA sci-fi. It’s just where my heart wants to be!
This book has a lot to do about genetics, what was your research process like when writing This Mortal Coil?
I’m someone who researches constantly, and I look up a lot of things as I’m writing. Almost every day I’ll end up on wikipedia or skimming an article on scientific breakthroughs or research. I tend to collect cool ideas about anything and everything and then have to figure out ways to add them into my books.
Are you currently working on other projects, if so, can you tell us what you plan on writing next?
I’m currently working on the sequel for THIS MORTAL COIL! The book is the first in a series, and book 2 takes us deeper into the world, uncovering secrets that will make Cat question everything she knows. Besides this series, I’m plotting out a few books that have been floating around in my head for a few years now. Generally, my ideas take at least a year or two to develop in my mind until I’m ready to start writing them.
What are you currently reading?
I tend to avoid reading science fiction while I’m writing, because it can spill into my own voice. So I’m currently reading an ARC of AMERICAN PANDA by Gloria Chao and it is DELIGHTFUL.
About the Author
Emily Suvada was born in Australia, where she spent her childhood reading, writing, and watching Star Trek. In college, she studied math and astrophysics, and went on to a career in finance before finding her way back to her first love—books.
Today, Emily lives in Portland, OR, with her husband, and still spends most of her free time reading, writing, and watching Star Trek. She also enjoys cooking, coding, powerlifting, hiking, and art. Her interests include AI, nanotech, virtual worlds, space travel, and genetic engineering.
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