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Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction
The second book in the Subterrene War series can also stand alone as the author sets the futuristic tone and context smoothly throughout. McCarthy does an excellent job of building and presenting Catherine. She is realistic and believable, offering a great platform for exploring our humanity and nature. The gritty realities of the futuristic conflict Catherine participates in, leads and navigates may shock readers unfamiliar with the front-line military genre. Getting to know Catherine is worth your time.
It’s nearly a hundred years from today and advances in technology and genetics are called to the fore as the war among the USA, Russia and China continues. As conflict escalates, the moral position on genetically grown soldiers has been blurred or completely forgotten. Catherine is one of a new series of genetically-bred soldiers, grown by the U.S. government to be exceptionally fast, strong and brutally efficient. She and her sisters have known they will be “decommissioned” on their 18th birthday. This knowledge is fundamental to their military indoctrination — death and faith. As war progresses and time passes, Catherine’s philosophy and belief system evolve. She and her sisters are not human, but they deserve better than decommission. (ORBIT, Mar., 400 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Victoria Frerichs
Published: March 2012