Exogene (The Subterrene War, #2)
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Exogene (n.): factor or agent (as a disease-producing organism) from outside the organism or system. Also: classified Russian program to merge proto-humanoids with powered armor systems (slang).

Catherine is a soldier. Fast, strong, lethal, she is the ultimate in military technology. She's a monster in the body of an eighteen year old girl. Bred by scientists, grown in vats...more
Paperback, 347 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Orbit (first published February 28th 2012)
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Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

This is volume two of a new trilogy by T.C. McCarthy, detailing a day-after-tomorrow war in central Asia from the viewpoint of three very different types of combatants; but unfortunately, while the first book Germline made CCLaP's best-of lists last year and in general just really blew me away, I found mys...more
Samuel
Read by Bahni Turpin for Blackstone Audio and released concurrently with the mass market and e-book from Orbit, Exogene sets up as a much more traditional military sf novel than did the author’s debut, 2011’s Germline. Germline was read by Donald Corren, and was a drug-addled war journalism narrative, glossing a bit over technical details whether of weaponry, mech suits (other than detailing a bit of the waste system), or of the eponymous genetic engineering.

Here, Exogene shares only the setting...more
Grete

Review originally published at BookThing!

Once I finished Exogene, and then had time to think about it, I spent an hour ranting at my husband about the unjust and detestable treatment of the Germline warriors. I wanted to know how the military or government could treat human beings like machines, even ones that have been genetically engineered. I wanted him to tell me what possible justification there could be for the abuse, the deplorable behaviour, and how they couldn’t see what I could see; th...more
Dale
I approach this review with some trepidation. This is a hell of a science fiction novel but to call it a sci-fi novel is to undersell it. It is a hell of a war novel, but to call it a war novel is also underselling it. It really is the story of a woman finding out what it is to love, to be loved and to know where one stands with God - in short, to be human, but that seriously undersells this book and makes a violent tale of war, genetic mutation and out-of-controls science sound like some piece...more
Jeffrey
This combination of the ideas in Bladerunner, military fiction and genetic engineering science fiction book is a fast paced look at a future war in which many of the combatants are genetically created humans. McCarthy's main characters are Catherine, Megan and Margaret.

Catherine and Megan are genetics decanted from the Atelier at 15 as soldiers in a global war. As part of the training, the genetics receive a constant indoctrination about God, Faith and killing. They are trained to not be squeami...more
William Bentrim
Exogene by T.C. McCarthy
This book is the life story of a military clone in a future war for natural resources.

Cloning is here regardless of the ethics or morality surrounding its existence. A logical step forward is to assume that the military industrial complex is exploring how cloning can impact future wars and if cloned warriors are financially viable they will probably be produced. I realize that is somewhat cynical but cynicism is a root theme in the book.

The use of religion to keep warri...more
Timothy Ward
Reading T.C.’s Subterrene War Trilogy has been an interesting and memorable experience. The first book, Germline, blew me out of the water (my five star review). I’ve never read a book like that, and loved the personal connection I had to the main character’s journey. I loved that story and T.C.’s in-your-face-war style so much that I couldn’t enjoy any other books because they weren’t the next book in his series.

(By the way, I talked with T.C. over at the SF Signal podcast #140, about his journ...more
Amodini
Originally posted at my blog here.

I probably wouldn’t have picked this up had I realized that this was a war novel. But am I glad I did. Yes, it is brutal, and sometimes pedantic in its descriptions, but the descriptions are detailed. The futuristic landscape, much of it irradiated seems to come to life in T. C. McCarthy’s words. There are a lot of details on war maneuvers, “plasma” weapons, “tracer flechettes”, APCs and grenade launchers.

We hear of the story in the first person; Catherine is th...more
Paul Nelson
Having really enjoyed the first novel of the trilogy - Germline, I have to say I was similarly impressed with Exogene. Germline for me was an excellent read and got 5 stars, Exogene told from the perspective of a germline soldier Catherine was again a book I rate very highly.
Catherine's story goes from initial training, to war against the Russians, escape into the hands of the Russians and a momentous journey to Thailand.
The surroundings are bleak & grim, the tech descriptions and violent ba...more
Mia
Perhaps not the OMFG 5-star rating of Germline, but 5 stars nonetheless.

Exogene is primarily the story of Catherine, a soldier created by American scientists to tip the scales of the subterrene war in its favor. Catherine was bred a killing machine in an eighteen year old girl's body. An integral part of the design of these soldiers is their indoctrination with religion. They were activated with faith consisting of the belief that killing the enemy is the essence and purpose of their existence,...more
Bane of Kings
Original Post: http://thefoundingfields.com/2012/05/....

“Excellent military sci-fi. Dark, page-turning, this is one of the best science fiction novels that you’ll see in 2012. Enjoyable, and not to be missed.” ~The Founding Fields


Last year, I read and enjoyed Tc McCarthy’s début – the first in this trilogy, named Germline, so much that I knew I had to get my hands on Exogene as soon as I could. Germline was so good in fact, that I named it the best début novel of 2011, which included novels fro...more
Sharon
I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.

This was a really intense book. I loved the main character, Catherine. She was both very sympathetic and rather alien. The action is well paced, and exciting. I am looking forward to reading the final book in the series.

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Marie
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Jenny
I don't know why I enjoyed this book so much. I read to get a happy ending and this book did not have that.
I got to the end and it felt kind of pointless and left me feeling slightly depressed - yet I'm glad I read it
Bill Brinkley Brinkley
It was a great read. I could hardly put it down. It was the captivating study of the morality of creating clones to fight a war and using religion to motivate them. I highly recommend this book.
Nathan
This was a great read. If future war is your thing, then you will love this series. T.C. McCarthy is quickly becoming one of my favorite sci-fi authors.
Billie
Full preview to follow. This book was received feee of charge from the publisher through the Goodreads First Reader program
Natasha
Exogene is a thoughtful and provoking story from the POV of a short lived cloned female soldier.
Ryan
An interesting addition to the series. I enjoyed it :)
Michelle
Rating: 4.5

Review forthcoming
Matthew Murrah


Awesome book, awesome author
Nicole L Bates
T.C. McCarthy’s gripping sequel to Germline tells the story of the futuristic subterrene war from the point of view of Catherine. Catherine is one of the genetically engineered American soldiers, a killing machine housed in the body of a teenage girl.

The story is slightly less intense than the first (though there’s no shortage of action) but is, in my opinion, more thought-provoking.

In the midst of the war, Catherine is forced to find her place in a world where she is no longer allowed to act in...more
Steven Brandt
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to go to war? I mean as an actual soldier on the front lines. Here’s a perfectly ordinary human being, perhaps more courageous than most, who as a child was taught that it is wrong to hurt people and break things. Then they joined the army and were taught that it’s okay to hurt people and break things. Then they went to a war, where not only is it okay, it is expected. If that soldier survives the war they go home and suddenly killing and destroying a...more
Kathy
Disturbingly captivating. Despite having not read the first of the series, I did not feel like I was missing anything or that any points were laboured over to catch me up. I'm not sure if I will go back and read the first one. This one was quite intense and raised some interesting ideas about what it means to a person to kill for a job, and of course questions around the ideas of breeding or bioengineering for purpose.
Joseph
2.5 stars

You wouldn't think that an allegorical critique of America's foreign and military policy featuring a bisexual genetically engineered cloned super-soldier nicknamed "Little murderer" could be boring. Think again.

For a combination of reasons, this doesn't flow nearly as well as *Germline*. The experiences of the protagonist were not very interesting. Her emotional and mental arc is either deliberately opaque or poorly written, which made it almost impossible for me to connect with her. Th...more
Beth
I won this book as a giveaway from Goodreads. I read the first in this series before this one and must say that, even though I like SciFi, the subject matter was not exactly what I enjoy reading. However, the writing is SO good that I did end up enjoying this book and the first one in the series. The author does a great job at putting you right in the middle of a war. This book is from the genetics point of view and I thought it was written very well. If you like Scifi and enjoy books about war,...more
Richard Pippen
I loved this second book in the series even more than the first. We get to see the war and the aftermath of wars through the eyes of a genetically engineered super soldier who seeks her freedom. Trading one form of slavery for another and another, Catherine eventually finds that her freedom is not what she thought it would be, having truly had it all along, and that she has purpose beyond even what her creators could even imagine with their rigid science.
Den Plaag
An original premise, for which I had high hopes. It turned out to be not bad, but not overly impressive, very well written as it may be.

Cons: The story was crawling, even though Catherine is on the hunt and on the run.
Pros: Suave equipment, like flechette-firing weapons, ceramic armor and plasma bombs. Plus I'm a sucker for female main characters.

Close to 3 stars.
Liam
There is something about these books, I just inhale them. Something about the narrative is quick and easy to read.

I much preferred Exogene to Germline. The characters were more sympathetic and interesting, and the internal monologue of one of the Germline units was more fascinating than that of a druggie journalist. A very sobering read ultimately, but very satisfying. Fantastic.
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T.C. McCarthy is a critically acclaimed southern author whose short fiction has appeared in Per Contra: The International Journal of the Arts, Literature and Ideas, in Story Quarterly and in Nature. His debut novel, Germline, and its sequel, Exogene are available worldwide and the final book of the trilogy, Chimera, will be released in August 2012. In addition to being an author, T.C. is a PhD sci...more
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