Book Review: This Mortal Coil

Jordan Sikes, Contributing Editor

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In a distant future that has humans using technology to change their DNA in a matter of minutes to “better” themselves, a virus breaks out and there is only one person with enough skill in reading DNA code to find a cure, Dr. Lachlan Agatta, and he’s dead.

The story kicks off with Catarina surviving in the chaos of the virus. There are only two ways people have survived the virus this long. They either gave up the rights to all their DNA code and hid in the safety of Cartaxus’ airlocked bunkers or they had to eat the flesh of a stage two infected person.

The virus is incredibly odd. Nature created something to specifically eliminate the human race. Once you get infected you enter stage one. You become sickly. Over a small course of time you progress onto stage two, where your cells literally explode shortly after entering the stage. After being in stage two for the short time your body detonates sending out a huge mushroom cloud infecting anyone in a large radius with the virus.

Once people figured out how that worked most people left the populated cities to the airlocked bunkers and majority of the rest moved out into the wilderness far enough away from the city to where they wouldn’t have to worry about the mushroom clouds or being attacked by an infected.

A large majority of the world’s population has been lost because of the virus.

A Cartaxus agent, known as a blackout soldier, shows up at Catarina’s house with a note from her father telling her that she’s the only one capable of stopping the virus. And the agent, Cole, is crucial in her figuring out how to find the cure he created.

Up until the point of meeting the rogue Cartaxus agent, Cole, the reader doesn’t fully understand the world the book is set in. We understand the world is being ravaged by a virus and the only known safehaven is the airlocked bunkers kept highly guarded by Cartaxus at all times.

We learn just how much control Cartaxus has over the world while Catarina travels to a lab in Canada with Cole. Cartaxus is the ultimate power in the world. They are the top authority. Catarina could never stop running and hiding, they always had to keep moving.

This is an exhilarating book that keeps you on your toes the entire way through the story. If you enjoy a good futuristic fiction story then this is the type of book for you. Not only is there plenty of action and adventure, but the book also includes just enough romance to keep you wondering. The book finishes with an amazing plot twist that fits the story up until it ends.

I haven’t seen an announcement of a sequel to This Mortal Coil but I’m almost certain there will be because the book didn’t wrap up the story.

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