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In this gripping debut novel, 17-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 whom 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?

©2017 Emily Suvada. All rights reserved. (P)2017 Penguin Random House UK. All rights reserved.

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An amazing Book

I good literally not put it down! This book so filled with so many twists, I was guessing the entire time. The characters were deep and the plot was clever. This story has been done before, but the author created it into something uniquely her own. I can’t wait for the next book!!

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Amazing Sci-fi YA

I loved this book! as someone who is fascinated in genetics, it really an interesting introduction to readers of the possibilities of this technology in such an enjoyable way. The author does a great job of keeping you engaged through out the whole book, even when she begins to explain the technical aspects of the world she created. This book even inspired me to learn how to code! Loved it!

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Loved it! So, when’s the next one?

If you’re looking for a book with action, adventure, romance, and keeps you on edge not knowing what more the characters will uncover then this book is perfect for you. Definitely worth a listen or read. Great audible reader, so highly recommend the audible version for this one.

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loved

I absolutely love this book! this was one of my favorites. performance could be better

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This is a great story, in hindsight...

I really found this story to be refreshing. It is different from the science fiction stories I’ve been reading lately. The story has many twists at the end that i did not predict. I commend the author for her writing. This novel is about 10% Y.A. hormone feelings. It threw me off but i got used to it. I listened to this book mostly at 1.5x if that’s relevant to you. The narrator has a vocal fry that i loathed for the first hour or so.

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Just hang in there

The narrator is hard to listen to at first but it gets better. The concept of the story is so original and interesting. It can be hard to follow at times but it will eventually all come together. There were a couple of interesting twists and the book finished on a satisfying note. I’m looking forward to the sequel.