This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada | Review

Thank you so much to Penguin Australia for sending me a completed copy of This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada in exchange for an honest review. Receiving a copy of This Cruel Design did in no way impact my feelings, thoughts or rating.


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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: October 30th, 2018

Dates Read: November 2nd 2018 to November 5th 2018

Trigger Warnings: forced body manipulation, maiming, attempted murder, murder

Pages: 432

Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia

Genre: science fiction, dystopia, young adult, romance

Goodreads blurb:

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.

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This Cruel Design was one of the books I was most excited for in 2018. This Mortal Coil had been an amazing read and was an absolutely gorgeous book. This book was such a great continuation from the first and though at times it felt a touch lacklustre, it still had the spark from the first. This Cruel Design only continues to grow the complex world that is featured in this series. The dystopian society that relies on technology while an infectious plague remains incurable. It does lack severely in several really important components: readability for someone who hates science and lack of personality in characters. These things really didn’t take away from my enjoyment, clearly, I gave this book four stars!

This Cruel Design is told from Cat’s perspective. The events of This Mortal Coil only happened a week ago, so we haven’t missed anything when we are thrown right back in to the world that Emily Suvada has created. Everything cat knew was a lie and it is clear in this book she is struggling with the repercussion, while also trying to fix the mistakes of others. We get so much drama throughout this book and you will truly despise having to put this book down. I don’t want to say too much, since spoilers for the previous book. I highly recommend giving This Mortal Coil your time because it makes you desperately want dystopian novels to make the comeback that they deserve.

It is so clear throughout this book that Emily Suvada has a background in science and mathematics. She is a fellow Australian, so I already love her, but damn, the girl is smart. So smart that I was left reeling for a lot of this book. I failed physics in tenth grade because of a shitty teacher and I fell out of love with math in my senior years of high school because of a shitty teacher – this school was filled with shitty teachers. Since then if anything mentions math or science my poor little brain struggles to comprehend and I end up staring blankly at a page. Unfortunately, that did happen to me during This Cruel Design. I really did despise the science and math inclusions, but I am here for Emily Suvada showing off her expertise. You spread your smart girl energy, I am here for it. Even if I can’t understand it.

We spend a lot of this book in Cat’s head. I could be wrong on this because of all the science and math, but this is how it felt to me. Cat has a lot of struggle going on since the findings of the last book and oh my god, the revelations in this book had me gasping so damn loud. Cat clearly struggles with her own personal identity and what she now knows about her DNA, while also simultaneously trying to save the world. Because, that is what everyone does at her age. I can’t remember how old she was either, oops. Either 20 or 18. Maybe. Shit. I am hopeless.

I also felt that the relationships were a little lacking in this book. The relationship between Cat and Cole felt cold, the pair said I love you but I just didn’t feel it. I feel that maybe there is simply too much going on in the world around them for this relationship to feel authentic. It really felt like they took the backseat, especially with the information that is slowly revealed and as we learn the pasts of the characters.

Overall, I seem like I’ve complained a bit about this book but Emily Suvada is an incredibly talented writer. Her descriptions and world building are absolutely standouts and she deserves every bit of praise you can send her way. I really have no idea why this series isn’t more popular because it is incredible. It has gore, murder, deceit and technology. It is basically everything everyone wants to read about in 2018.

Star-DividerHappy reading everyone!

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8 thoughts on “This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada | Review

  1. I quite enjoyed This Mortal Coil. I loved the science/technological aspects of the book although I didn’t quite love the romance. I’m glad you enjoyed this one though!

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