This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada
This Mortal Coil #3
Cat’s hacking skills weren’t enough to keep her from losing everything—her identity, her past, and now her freedom. She’s trapped and alone, but she’s survived this long, and she’s not giving up without a fight.
Though the outbreak has been contained, a new threat has emerged—one that’s taken the world to the brink of a devastating war. With genetic technology that promises not just a cure for the plague, but a way to prevent death itself, both sides will stop at nothing to seize control of humanity’s future.
Facing her smartest, most devastating enemy yet, Cat must race against the clock to protect her friends and save the lives of millions on the planet’s surface. No matter the outcome, humanity will never be the same.
And this time, Cat can’t afford to let anything, or anyone, stand in her way.
There has absolutely never been a better time to start reading This Mortal Coil trilogy by Emily Suvada. With COVID-19 threatening the world as we speak, you can really get into this series and hopefully see, with brand new eyes, the very real potential threat that a pandemic such as the fictional Hydra virus could pose against the population of the world.
I have waited a while to review this book, because I didn’t really know where to start. I almost didn’t review it, because it could almost be seen simply as a continuation of This Cruel Design, however, I absolutely understand the need to make it a separate book, which is obvious when you read it.
The thing I absolutely love the most about this book is the shifting perspectives between Catarina and June Bei, which are laid out so elegantly, as each chapter alternates between the two points of view, which gives the reader the perfect perspective of how the mind is completely split between the two separate personalities and realities.
There were no ground-breaking new ideas or super-significant plot twists in this final book — as opposed to This Mortal Coil or This Cruel Design — which was sort of disappointing, yet at the same time absolutely understandable, as we are in the process of trying to wrap everything up. I’ll go ahead and say that I’m giving this book 4 stars instead of the 5 that I gave the first two books — but to be fair, it’s really hard to get a 5-star review from me, despite what this site may reflect, as sometimes there are books that I don’t even feel like deserve a review. On some level, I believe that my reasoning for giving this book 4 stars is simply because it was such an utter disappointment to know that the story was ending. I honestly just didn’t want such an amazing story to come to a close, and for that reason alone, I will be giving This Vicious Cure 5 stars on Goodreads, simply for the fact that the series as a whole deserves 5 stars in and of itself.
So that is short and sweet, no spoilers, just go out and get the book, and read it. Plain and simple. This entire series is worthy of technological, scientific, and literary praise.
The virus is too big for people to fight alone. In order to defeat it, we have to fraction…
If you want to contribute as a fraction of the colossal supercomputing effort that has come together to help research COVID-19, look no further than this quick-start guide on GitHub, which I created in collaboration with The National Upcycled Computing Collective, Inc. (NUCC).
This project has gained the attention of iXSystems and FreeNAS on Twitter, who tweeted about the project, presumably after seeing it gain traction over on Reddit at /r/freenas and /r/freebsd, and because of the BSD documentation that is hosted on this very blog. Additionally, I did a live interview with Marco Figueroa on his podcast, The Hackers Mansion, where I discussed my work with NUCC and the project I created to help in distributed computing.
While all of the real development credit should go to BOINC for creating such an amazing program and infrastructure to help turn individual resources into a an enormous pool of collective resources, I did my best to churn out around 350 lines of Bash and 225 lines of Batch in order to try and get every architecture and operating system up and running with the correct software and to start processing work units as quickly as possible. I’m certainly no June Bei, but I try to do what I can in order to fight — and help others fight — this current viral threat that is known as COVID-19.
The National Upcycled Computing Collective is a 501c nonprofit research institute for Computer Science, Engineering, and Technology whose mission is to find new uses for technology, thereby extending life cycles with an intent to re-purpose electronic devices responsibly. For more information, you can visit http://nuccinc.org/about/.