The Shock Value is REAL // ARC Review: This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

Title: This Cruel Design
Author: Emily Suvada
Publication Date: November 1st 2018
Publisher: Penguin UK
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 2/3 of the This Mortal Coil trilogy
I Got A Copy Through: Penguin India (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: 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 may be the secrets buried in her own mind. 
If you didn’t already know, This Mortal Coil, Emily Suvada’s debut novel and the first book in this series, was one of my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITES of 2017. It was unique, fast-paced, and kept me at the edge of my seat throughout. I was absolutely awestruck and when I got the opportunity to read This Cruel Design, because after the previous book’s ending, I NEEDED THIS ONE.

I read this book in large chunks, having to put it down time and again because HOLY GOD THIS BOOK IS INSANE, and in the best way possible. The stakes are higher, the betrayals are rampant, the returning memories are shocking, the twists are fast and unexpected and the coding is… borderline insane and almost unrealistic, but somehow, brings this dystopian novel together with precision.


1.       EMILY SUVADA (and I distinctly remember saying this in my review of This Mortal Coil as well) is a PLOTTING GENIUS. She recently wrote in her newsletter that she writes the last line of each of her chapters first and works backward from there, all for the SHOCK VALUE AND, YOU KNOW WHAT? I SEE THAT. Almost every chapter ends on such a note that you’re gasping in shock and grasping for more.

2.       I LOVED re-meeting Cat, Leoben, Cole and even Anna, whom we learn more about in These Precious Scars. As we learnt the characters more, going deeper into the trauma of their past, the truth of what really happened to Jun Bei and how everything that happened affects their actions now. There was so much growth – or rather, revealing of – in all of the characters and I LOVED IT SO MUCH.

3.       I cannot talk about how much that ending made me want to fling the book away and scream in agony at the year of waiting I have to do to get answers (I didn’t, obviously, I never hurt my precious book babies) but that cliff-hanger was INSANE and I don’t know what to do with myself.

4.       Honestly, this book was AMAZING. There was never a single moment that I was bored, but always ALWAYS at the edge of my seat. The new characters, Mato and Regina in particular were so well fleshed out and I love that in ADDITION to great pacing and plot, the characters were so real.

Would I recommend this book? YES. DEFINITELY. Pick up This Mortal Coil and then This Cruel Design because they are probably the among the BEST series’ I’ve read in the last two years and YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE. 

Emily Suvada

Emily 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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