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Regenesis (Unionside #3)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  892 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
The direct sequel to the Hugo Award- winning novel "Cyteen, Regenesis" continues the story of Ariane Emory PR, the genetic clone of one of the greatest scientists humanity has ever produced, and of her search for the murderer of her progenitor?the original Ariane Emory. Murder, politics, deception, and genetic and psychological manipulation combine against a backdrop of in ...more
Hardcover, 585 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by DAW Hardcover (first published 2009)
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Feb 23, 2009 Terence rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: CJ Cherryh fans
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Regenesis – 2.5-6 stars.

Two words: too long.

At least for me. Let’s step back and provide a little background: I like C.J. Cherryh. The first book of hers I read was Downbelow Station and it blew me away. On my list of favorite SF novels, at least four Cherryhs would make the cut: Downbelow Station, The Pride of Chanur (et al.), Gate of Ivrel (et al.), and Paladin. But she and I don’t always connect. With the exception of Morgaine and Vanye, I’ve never found her fantasy all that compelling. I man
Jan 15, 2009 Yune rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I was the first person to place a hold on this book when it entered the library catalog as being on order. This made me cackle. The day it became available, I drove to the library in a sweaty tank-top and shorts and a corduroy jacket, because there were only ten minutes before closing and I had no time to change. This made me cackle more, interspersed with mutterings of "Mine!"

I don't know what you're doing with this book if you haven't read Cyteen first. This is very much a sequel; rest assured
Feb 18, 2009 Geoff rated it liked it
Regenesis pushed all the same buttons for me as Cyteen did, both positive and negative. The high points were superb, but the feeling of the first half was, "Just, really, enough of this freaking card." Don't get me wrong - I like the politics, I like the intrigue, and I absolutely love the fact that Cherryh deals with sociodynamics in fiction.

Regenesis was a bit over 500 pages in hardcover; if it had been around 300 and cut most of the meandering of the first part I would have significantly uppe
May 14, 2016 Casey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2000s
Regenesis is a frustrating book. It is painfully slow in the middle. By the end it's exciting and full of intrigue, but then it's all immediately over.

It's necessary to read Cyteen before this. Forty Thousand in Gehenna is optional. The events on the planet of Gehenna are mentioned in Regenesis, but Cyteen goes over that territory and its related problems in more detail than Gehenna ever does.

In Regenesis, Ari II is now 18 years old. She's been studying psychsets with Justin, attempting to make
Sep 29, 2012 retroj rated it really liked it
First a quick note: I started into the Unionside series not having read Downbelow Station, so when I saw the cover of Regenesis that said "sequel to ... Cyteen and Downbelow Station", I was concerned that Regenesis would have dependencies on Downbelow Station. However, I decided to chance it since Cyteen was fresh in my mind, rather than going back in time to a whole other story. I can now report that yes, it is safe to read Regenesis without having read Downbelow Station, but, if I had the whol ...more
Dec 24, 2015 Sandi rated it liked it
Shelves: sff
Don't get me wrong. Regenesis is a good book. But it is obvious now that reading this immediately after Cyteen was a mistake. The author wrote this ~20 years later and it shows in the characters. These characters read like the originals but all grown up - ten or twenty years after the events of Cyteen. That would be great if the events in this book took place ten or twenty years later but they do not. This book picks up almost immediately after the events of Cyteen and the differences in the cha ...more
Aug 04, 2011 Anna added it
Regenesis, the "long-awaited sequel" to C.J. Cherryh's Cyteen, moves at the same deliberate and complex pace as its predecessor; its climax is political more than anything else, and key nuances can be found largely in character interactions rather than pulse-pounding action sequences. However, that does not mean that it doesn't carry an emotional heft--there may have been some suspicious moisture in my eyes when the ragged Council was finally reassembled and got down to business.

Questions posed
Jun 08, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it
The trend toward longer and longer SF/F books and series reminds me of the 19th-Century French tradition of romans fleuves -- books that went on and on. The notion at the time was that readers wanted more and that the more-was-more paradigm was a good thing. No author or literary aficionado would ever consider less as more!

I guess I march to a relatively minimalist beat these days. While I really liked this book, its 800 pages pace a mere eight narrative days. The result (and I find this true of
Bayard West
Mar 25, 2014 Bayard West rated it really liked it
Sub-genre: Political Sci-fi
Literary conflict: Man vs. Man Politician vs. Politician

Solid editing/polish:
Triple dose of politics:
Fun characters: -
Witty repartee: -
Great "how-it-works" technology descriptions: -
Great ending:
Thought provoking:

Unbelievable moments: no
Rapid head-hopping: no

I cannot recommend this book to anyone unless they've read and enjoyed the earlier book book:Cyteen|834518]. My full review of that book is at

There's not a lot
Nov 12, 2010 Trice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
An excellent addition to the Company Wars in the Alliance-Union Universe, but Cyteen is still my favorite. This one sent my back to both Cyteen and Downbelow Station and I'm rereading Downbelow Station now as a result - I'm struck again by the hisa, but still, Cyteen just has a greater depth, reality, and impact to it. All 3 books are lessons in pragmatics warring with ethics, and a great exploration of personal politics in the midst of societal and inter-societal struggles.

Regenesis specificall
Nathan Trachta
Mar 14, 2009 Nathan Trachta rated it really liked it
Ahhhh, a new CJ Cherryh book; this means its time to sit back, relax, and enjoy a little story telling where things unfold gradually and usually superbly told. This time, I got to have Ms. Cherryh tell me a little more about Ari Emory who Cyteen focused around. Because it’s been 20 years though since Cyteen, Ms. Cherryh spent a fair amount of time re-establishing the characters and their environment. For me this was good since I didn’t really feel like reading Cyteen again prior to reading Regen ...more
April L'Orange
Dec 21, 2011 April L'Orange rated it it was amazing
I read Cyteen for the first time when I was no older than thirteen. I've read it so often that my SFBC hard cover copy literally fell apart (it's in about five pieces and held together with rubber bands). So I had just a little emotional investment and a few expectations in a sequel I'd been waiting twenty years for. Regensis is everything I could have hoped for and more.

If Cyteen was the story of Ariane Emory coming into her own, Regenesis is the story of her finding her individual identity and
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
I first read this when it was originally published; then I let it "set" for a while to sort of digest it (finished a re-read 23 August 2009). It would be difficult to overestimate how much I appreciated this book's prequel, Cyteen, on both an intellectual and an emotional level.

So, when this sequel was announced, I was quite excited. I waited patiently and I bought this the first day it was available.

I'm going to cut to the point here: this is a somewhat lackluster followup to a brilliant book.
May 28, 2013 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
Absolute sequel to Cyteen. Don't read this until you've read Cyteen! They're really just one long book. Really good political thriller talking place on the distant future where cloning and specially bred worker humans make up the population. I would have liked a bit more on the ethics and morality of these technologies, but these books focus mote on the political implications. The characters are what make the books so riveting. The main character (of whom we see two versions) starts out seeming ...more
May 28, 2011 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, favorites
4.75 stars. Not QUITE as good as Cyteen. I stayed up 'til 4AM finishing it, as Cherryh is so damned good at ratcheting up the tension. I finished, bleary eyed but satisfied and went to bed.

A direct continuation of Cyteen, picking up right where that one leaves off, Ari begins to come into her own, her old childhood buddies around her, Yanni now in the Reseune director's position after the death of Denys, the politics broil, murders abound, and drama swells. Jordan Warrick, Justin's father who w
Brian Palmer
Aug 17, 2014 Brian Palmer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I thought this was a lot more accessible than most of Cherryh's books (almost all of which I like, but this is one of the few that I re-read). I have very vague memories of Cyteen, so I was essentially reading this anew ... but it describes/summarizes the situation beautifully , and provides a great explanation for development.

That said, this is a claustrophobic world -- although in theory this is spent on a planet, with discussion of terraforming an entire new world, the reading experience woul
Jan 24, 2015 Esther rated it liked it
I read Cyteen last year and while Regenesis is a worthy sequel, it is not an astounding one. It reads very much as a continuation of the previous book, and does not add that much to the prior book.

It continues the story of the second Ariane Emory who follows in the footsteps of a woman who was not only be brilliant enough to be dubbed a "Special" but who was also murdered by an unknown culprit. Rival "Special" Jordan Warrick took the blame for the murder and was shipped to the other side of the
Mar 02, 2016 Jacob rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
A wonderful thing about reading a book by C.J. Cherryh is the sense that you're not reading a pre-set story, but going through the lives of the characters and then, in the end, everything just comes together and it makes sense and doesn't feel like a cheat. Regenisis does it just as well as Cyteen and Downbelow Station.
Furthermore, one of the main characters, a repeat from Cyteen, winds up being much more interesting than he was in the first book, even though he was far from boring.
A warning - t
Jul 02, 2015 William rated it it was amazing
Superb, complex, deep. Psychology, politics, loyalty, humanity. All vividly conceived and written.

This book continues where Cyteen left off, following Ariane Emory and her friends and enemies.

In particular, this book goes much deeper into "tape" and how azis are programmed, debugged, repaired and erased. Fascinating and complex.

Wonderful, but unfortunately, I think I have read all of Cherryh's Union-Alliance books now :(

For Cherryh, the Alliance-Union universe books are (mostly) fantastic -
* In
Jamie Collins
Mar 01, 2014 Jamie Collins rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Despite a 20-year publishing gap, this story picks up immediately after the events in the novel Cyteen. The prose rambles and seems quite repetitive, but possibly it’s less annoying to those who haven’t just recently read Cyteen.

The clone of Arianne Emory is 18 years old and trying to determine how much power she should grab and when she should grab it. Justin and his father are newly reunited and having one angsty argument after another because Justin is friends with Ari.

Ari lives out the fan
Oct 03, 2010 Isk rated it liked it
One-sentence summary:
Ari continues her rise to power, amidst continued politics and violence and paranoia, and Jordan has bitterly returned to Cyteen.
Apparently, one azi was subverted (by Defense) to subvert other azis, who killed Ari.

Nothing really happens and we don't learn anything. Not recommended.

What I liked:

* My God, the summary of the previous book didn't stop well until halfway into the book.
* What the hell kind of lazy writing had Ari II spending entire chapters dictating to Ar
Walter Underwood
Jul 27, 2012 Walter Underwood rated it it was ok
Cyteen felt like half a book, but this doesn't really finish the story, plus it has some problems.

First, someone needs to explain to Cherryh that the excerpts from history books and the long monologues are really, really boring. Same for political meetings.

You can skip the worst of this by starting the book on page 97. You won't miss a thing, because everything gets rehashed after that point. If you really love the politics, start on page 79, so you can be present at an interminable dinner betwe
May 24, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
Sequel to Cyteen. Actually, it would be more accurate to call it Cyteen, Part II. It picks up right where Cyteen left off, and clears up many of the plot lines that had been left hanging. Both books make an…atypical read, in my opinion. There are no sudden, clever Holmesian-type reveals. Instead, we are privy to every failed route of deduction, every cul-de-sac of circular reasoning, every facet of psychological inspection. Conclusions would become a psychological certainty in Ari’s mind far bef ...more
Rena McGee
Apr 27, 2013 Rena McGee rated it liked it
Regenesis takes place not long after the events of Cyteen, the Hugo Award winning novel by C.J. Cherryh. Ari Emory (version 2.0) is working herself to the bone trying to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible, to the detriment of her health. She’s driven to both correct the mistakes of her predecessor and to create her own place in the world, apart from the works and accomplishments of the previous Ari. Part of that involves the creation of her own wing within the company, and a new ho ...more
Sabe Jones
Feb 06, 2013 Sabe Jones rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
C.J. Cherryh's Alliance/Union universe is a versatile setting. Each book within it has a different tone based on where and when it's set in that broader milieu. Chanur books for alien space opera, Downbelow Station for eco-adventure, and Cyteen, the immediate predecessor to Regenesis, for intense political/social science fiction. The backdrop there was extraordinary in its invention, a world populated by super-genius Specials and the cloned, programmed castes of human azi. The book explored what ...more
May 29, 2010 Angie rated it did not like it
This is NOT a standalone. I read Downbelow Station and Cyteen years ago, so many years ago that all I can remember was that I rather enjoyed them. I picked up Regenesis knowing that it was called a sequel but expecting to enjoy it anyway.

I WANTED to like this book.The basic premise attracted me: In an environment of interstellar political intrigue, a Personal Replicate is aware that her original was murdered and is afraid for her own life because the murderer has never been identified.

After 60
Hillary Spratt
Mar 09, 2012 Hillary Spratt rated it it was amazing
"Cyteen" (the book preceding this one) is one of my favorite books ever, so discovering that it had a sequel was AWESOME. And on top of that, this is so much happier than Cyteen! And with most of the same characters! And the references to other parts of the Union/Alliance universe were as always very welcome and pleasant. At times "Regenesis" tried too hard to be "smart" and "clever" but it was still oodles of fun and quite pleasantly written. The prose keeps out of the way of the story for the ...more
Alia R. Herrman
Jan 28, 2014 Alia R. Herrman rated it liked it
Not as good as the original Cyteen trilogy, but still enjoyable. At times the story is overly wordy and some parts drag on obnoxiously in a way that indicates the book could have used a firmer hand in editing, but I fell so in love with this particular universe and set of characters in Cyteen, that I enjoyed the opportunity to visit them again.
I enjoyed Regenesis every bit as much as its predecessor Cyteen. I'm impressed by the way Cherryh presents the ethical issues around the azi (genetically and psychologically engineered humans)--which is to say, how she leaves them lurking in the background, because of course to the characters what they're doing is normal. As a reader, I get lulled into thinking that it's normal as well, so much so that when one antagonist character launches into a speech towards the middle of the book decrying h ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it
Strange to say I liked it much better the second time through. In sociology kids vote and believe as their parents did, but in stories the convention is that kids react and rebel. This is a genuine science-and-fiction mix about an election on a far away planet in the future. Only for people who have read Cyteen. Tthe other prequels, Downbelow Station and Forty Thousand in Gehenna, had aliens in them and didn't stick in my mind, but it didn't seem to matter. Cloning for fun and profit and to save ...more
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Currently resident in Spokane, Washington, C.J. Cherryh has won four Hugos and is one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed authors in the science fiction and fantasy field. She is the author of more than forty novels. Her hobbies include travel, photography, reef culture, Mariners baseball, and, a late passion, figure skating: she intends to compete in the adult USFSA track. She began ...more
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Unionside (4 books)
  • Forty Thousand in Gehenna (Unionside, #1)
  • Cyteen (Cyteen #1-3)
  • The Rebirth (Cyteen, #2)

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