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.
I’m going to keep this review on the shorter side because I still have a lot of the same thoughts as I did for my review of the first book, This Mortal Coil (reviewed here).
In that review, I essentially said that I really liked the science parts of this book because they were in-depth, but also not so much so that I didn’t understand what the characters were talking about. It was explained really well in relation to the story and the world within that story.
I think Cat was even more interesting in This Cruel Design than she was in the first book. We’ve learned some secrets about her past and those secrets have rocked the foundation of Cat’s world. Most of what she thought she knew about herself and her life was a lie. But we learn even more about her and her parentage in this book. I think the complexity of Cat’s character and the issues she was facing made this book fascinating beyond the greater plotlines.
I sort of liked that the romance took place on the backburner. I really liked Cat and Cole together in the first book, but Cole’s actions have become a bit suspect and I’m not loving him like I did previously. Because of all of this, I’m really glad that the romance wasn’t the main focus of the book. Though, there was another love triangle in this one. In the first book there was a sort of love triangle between Cat, Dax, and Cole. And in this second book, a new character is introduced and he is a part of Cat’s missing memories. I didn’t love this until more twists were revealed and we learned certain things.
I’m extremely interested to see how book three is going to conclude all the happenings in this world. There is so much to cover and I’m dying to know how it’s all going to come to an end.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.