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 the capacity for which she was created. I found her perspective fascinating. Her reactions, as well as the evolution of her psychological development, remained true to both her original nature as well as the understanding she’d come to in that moment of the story, which is an impressive feat. Catherine’s struggle is applicable to past and current soldiers who believe they are fighting for a holy cause. It helps me see the actions of others from a different perspective, which is always a good thing.
I would recommend this to fans of gritty (meaning seriously dystopian) science fiction.