Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through 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?
This book started off strange for me. You are introduced to your MC two years after the plague and you get some backstory as you go along with her in her journey of survival and trying to find a cure. With this plague, called Hydra, you have to eat the skin of the infected to stay alive. You have to do unimaginable things in this world to stay alive and keep immunity. One afternoon a Cartaxus solider arrives at Cat’s home and she thinks he is there to take her away into the bunkers where her father Lachlan told her it wasn’t safe, so she runs
The writing in this novel is so well written and amazing. You are constantly seeing the characters go and move, it is somewhat fast paced and not a slow novel. You are thrown from her campsite to mines to the bunkers to the skies network and then the lab. You see her struggle with coming to terms with things about her father and who she is, while also going through unimaginable pain.
One thing I did enjoy most about this novel was all the technology. They have healing techs and apps to help cure diseases. I loved how everything revolved around the technology and coding. It was fascinating how the author created a world in which you could alter the way you look and your overall health with a few pieces of code, I was amazed.
I did enjoy the book, but I hated the love trope in the book. It had its part in the novel, but it was just really annoying to me and seemed to take away from the story, to me. I am fine with the lovey stuff, but this just seemed a bit overdone in an apocalyptic setting to me. I wish the author would have dialed it back a bit.
Overall I enjoyed this novel and loved every minute reading it. I read this novel in two days and just couldn’t put it down. The virus and all the technology not to mention the storyline was amazing. It was such an intense ending that I really didn’t see coming. I can not wait to see where the author takes this series. I’m assuming it will be a series by the cliffhanger at the end.