I liked the first novel quite a lot - this is a good follow-up, albeit that it goes off in a slightly different direction with new characters and a different perspective - the "join" to the previous novel also feels a bit ragged in places - if it were a film you'd probably notice slight differences between "takes". Having said that the continuation of a pretty dark vision of the future is consistent. I enjoyed the book, perhaps not as much as the first one, and it was certainly thought provoking - well written and, while you might not be able to build up much empathy with the characters, they were strong, well defined and perfectly suited to the nature of the story.
If I had a criticism of the novel I guess it would be that the major themes and story arcs are a bit derivative - genetically engineered soldiery with built in obsolescence feels conceptually like a direct lift from Blade Runner, there are overtones of some of the Richard Morgan works in terms of cloning morality, the government first abandoning and then killing off its own genetic troops when they got to be an embarrassment has also been dealt with elsewhere (most recently the excellent first novel from Gavin Smith - Veteran - dealt with this much more intensely - although I am not certain whether or not Veteran chronologically precedes this series).
Overall - pretty good but if I gave the first book 10/10 then I would give this 8 or 9/10 - it will be interesting to see which way the third book (which I will most certainly acquire) goes.
Having loved TC's first title Germline, I really couldn't wait to embark into this dark future society again as it was not only inventive but had all the elements to not only continue to kick ass with the wars but bring to the fore the chance to get to know the Warrior Female Clones to the fore who are the super soldiers. Its well written, the lead characters point of view wonderfully understandable for a reader and expands to increase the readers comprehension of these characters that was glimpsed in the previous instalment.
Add to this a great understanding of pace, some solid dialogue and a whole new set of characters to help flesh out this dark world and all in you can't help but fail to enjoy TC's writing. Great stuff for me.
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 battle scenes are excellent. Its not difficult to empathize with Catherine even though she is a genetic with a short live span and her story is disturbing, interesting and impossible to put down. She decides she does not want to die when her two year life span has expired and questions everything - her religion, the orders she receives and the expectations that she is to give up and die because her two years are up. She wants to escape the war and kills a lot of people in the process with little or no remorse. Looking forward to the third book in the series, Chimera, which is due out later this summer.
Great interesting and gripping story. Explores future technology themes like Dale Brown but creates darker dystopian future world that is utterly immersive. Series is a great read. Brave social and moral critique of war through sci-fi. Enjoyed this one even more than the first.