Praise for This Mortal Coil

This Mortal Coil redefines “unputdownable.” A thrilling, exhilarating read that’s crackling with intelligence. Compelling characters and incredible twists come together perfectly—I loved this book. This is brilliant science fiction.’ – Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of Illuminae

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“Featuring a strong, tech-savvy protagonist who will stop at nothing to get the job done, the novel explores exciting yet terrifying possibilities.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Suvada’s scary, action-packed debut novel barely takes a breath, and its exploration of what makes us human goes well below the surface.” –Publisher’s Weekly

“I was thrilled; I was shocked. I want to know what happens next.” – NPR Books

Suvada’s debut novel balances characterization and action with an intensity that readers of dystopian fantasy will find infectious. –VOYA


Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash though 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?

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This Mortal Coil Updates

THIS MORTAL COIL is a Junior Library Guild selection!

THIS MORTAL COIL will be published by Simon Pulse/S&S in November 2017! Editor Sarah McCabe bought North American rights, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, from DongWon Song of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. See the write-up in Publisher’s Weekly.

THIS MORTAL COIL will be published by Penguin Random House Children’s UK in November 2017! Editor Tig Wallace bought U.K. and Commonwealth rights, in a two-book deal, from Caspian Dennis of Abner Stein. See the write-up in the Bookseller.

Foreign Rights

Heather Baror-Shapiro of Baror International sold German rights to Planet.


Emily Suvada is represented by DongWon Song of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.