This Vicious Cure – Emily Suvada – This Mortal Coil #3 – Simon Pulse – Published 21 January 2020




Cat’s hacking skills weren’t enough to keep her from losing everything—her identity, her past, and now her freedom. She’s trapped and alone, but she’s survived this long, and she’s not giving up without a fight.

Though the outbreak has been contained, a new threat has emerged—one that’s taken the world to the brink of a devastating war. With genetic technology that promises not just a cure for the plague, but a way to prevent death itself, both sides will stop at nothing to seize control of humanity’s future.

Facing her smartest, most devastating enemy yet, Cat must race against the clock to protect her friends and save the lives of millions on the planet’s surface. No matter the outcome, humanity will never be the same.

And this time, Cat can’t afford to let anything, or anyone, stand in her way.

My thoughts

This Vicious Cure is the eagerly awaited third and final book in the This Mortal Coil series. I was a little delaying in picking up this third book after it’s publication (or one of the other librarians gave it to a student before I could read it!) so it was during the height of the first wave of COVID-19 that I was reading this conclusion to a series about a serious virus that kills and dramatically alters society. It’s surprising how many books there are bout deadly plagues and virus, but I think the This Moral Coil series is one of my absolute favs and is always one I love recommending to students.

This Vicious Cure follows on from the conclusion of the second book. The characters (and readers) have been through so much since the first book. Honestly, a happy ending seems a little unlikely. The action starts up again almost instantly. Please be aware this review may contain spoilers for the first and second book. You should read the series in series order. This Mortal Coil is perfect for fans of science fiction, dystopian novels, action, a touch of romance, strong female lead characters, coding, technology and the absolute terror of humans and society.

The chapters in This Vicious Cure alternate between Jun Bei and Cat. The stakes are higher in this final book, the odds worse. But Cat and Jun Bei are both incredibly strong and clever young women. Love the women in STEM rep (sad that I even have to point it out).

Fans of the series will love this conclusion to the series – I certainly did! The This Mortal Coil series is highly recommended.

More information

Category: Young adult fiction

Genre: Science-Fiction

Themes: Virus, genetics, science, technology, coding, war, society, family, identity, romance.

Reading age guide: Ages 14 and up.

Advisory: Violence: death, injury, torture, testing, attacks, fighting. References to medial procedures, blood.

Published: 21 January 2020 by Simon Pulse.

Format: Hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook. 416 pages.

ISBN: 9781534440944

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