I’m so excited to have Emily Suvada on the blog today to talk about the fascinating organization, Cartaxus, from her thrilling new novel This Mortal Coil. Find out all about Cartaxus below and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
This Mortal Coil
by Emily Suvada
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: November 7th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction
In this gripping debut novel, seventeen-year-old Cat must use her gene-hacking skills to decode her late father’s message concealing a vaccine to a horrifying plague.
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?
Three things before we begin:
- ‘Panels’ are implanted computers that can manipulate a person’s DNA, as well as provide sensory enhancements, act as a phone, render virtual-reality videos, and store data, all built into a person’s own body.
- The Hydra virus has wiped out the majority of the Earth’s population. It’s not a fun virus to catch. There is no cure.
- Most survivors live inside Cartaxus bunkers – giant underground cities that are fiercely guarded and airlocked against the outside world.
Inside Cartaxus – A Welcome Message
Hello, and welcome to Homestake Bunker. You’ve been assigned Room 179 on the 14th level of Block X-19! Please make sure your panel is updated with the latest firmware. Your ocular tech should automatically highlight the route to your new room. If you get lost, don’t hesitate to contact one of our security officers. Armed teams are stationed on every floor of every block, and they’re always watching out for you. Help is never far away!
As you may already know, it is forbidden to use, distribute or develop illegal genetic technology. Your panel has already been scanned, and any illegal code has been removed. We are aware that personal data, including photographs and VR files, may have been destroyed, and we apologize for the loss of any precious family records. But you can make new memories now that you’re part of the Cartaxus family!
We’d also like to take the opportunity remind you that it’s also forbidden to alter the permissions on your panel, or allow anyone to do so for you. It’s crucial that Cartaxus is allowed constant access to your implanted technology in order to monitor your health and location, and provide you with useful alerts and instructions. If you’re worried about any of the updates that we install in your body, please contact a security officer for help!
You have been assigned to a work group and will be expected to complete training rotations in several areas of the bunker. Your uniform is waiting in your room – it’s the same color as your off-duty clothing for your protection. Dressing in your uniform makes our bunker safer and easier for our security officers to patrol!
It’s normal to experience some claustrophobia or depression when living in a bunker for the first time. This will pass. You can visit our medical team to ask about treatments that will make you feel better about being underground! We want everyone in our bunkers to be as comfortable as possible.
Lastly, you might have heard rumors that nobody is allowed to leave our bunkers – but of course they are! Living underground just isn’t right for everyone. If you really want to leave, speak to one of our friendly security officers and they’ll make sure you’re taken care of!
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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