This Cruel Design [Review & Giveaway]

this-cruel-design-9781481496360_hrBook Info

This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: October 30, 2018
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 maybe the secrets buried in her own mind.

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Emily Suvada has blown me away, yet again. This Mortal Coil had been one of my favorite books of 2017, and This Cruel Design is quickly rising to the top of my 2018 favorites.

Throughout the book, it’s made apparent that Cat still doesn’t have access to the majority of Jun Bei’s memories. However, she does have a few “VR glitches,” as she tends to call them, where Jun Bei’s memories are inviting her in. But even while still navigating the glitches and memory gaps, Cat stays strong. She works with her team to the best of her abilities, and she doesn’t let anyone get in her way.

While I’d love to go on about Suvada’s strong, female protagonist, there are a lot of other things to go over. Such as the world building. Yet again, we are introduced to more locations with more people, and I can’t help but thank Suvada for including such an intricate and well thought out world. The locations she used in this novel couldn’t have been more perfect.

On top of that, Suvada also created a plot that grabbed and devoured my attention and drew off of This Mortal Coil’s plot as well. The one thing I am mad about though is that I have to wait for yet ANOTHER book. Emily, come on. Haven’t us readers been tortured enough? I’m just kidding. But seriously, I am so excited to see what these characters will have in store next.

I give This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada 5/5 stars. I do highly suggest reading this book if you haven’t already.

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EmilySuvada_AuthorPhotoEmily 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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Two people will each win ONE copy of This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada.

Must be a US resident to enter.
Giveaway starts October 22, 2018 and ends on October 31, 2018.


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