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Stephanie Saulter
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3 April 2014 (R)Evolution (Book 2)

Zavcka Klist has reinvented herself: no longer the ruthless gemtech enforcer determined to keep the gems they created enslaved, she's now all about transparency and sharing the fruits of Bel'Natur's research to help gems and norms alike.

Neither Aryel Morningstar nor Dr Eli Walker are convinced that Klist or Bel'Natur can have changed so dramatically, but the gems have problems that only a gemtech can solve. In exchange for their help, digital savant Herran agrees to work on Klist's latest project: reviving the science that drove mankind to the brink of extinction.

Then confiscated genestock disappears from a secure government facility, and the more DI Varsi investigates, the closer she comes to the dark heart of Bel'Natur and what Zavcka Klist is really after - not to mention the secrets of Aryel Morningstar's own past...

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (3 April 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1780878923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780878928
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,340,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before she got around to being an author, Stephanie Saulter developed real estate, managed restaurants, was a corporate executive, a public policy wonk, a management consultant, and founded the Scriptopus interactive website for writing short fiction. She doesn't have a poor attention span; on the contrary she finds lots of things interesting, and figures you learn more by doing. Few of her jobs would appear to have any relationship to her Humanities degree (English literature and anthropology) from MIT, but she would disagree. She lives in London.

Stephanie's second novel, BINARY, has just been published in the UK and Commonwealth. It follows GEMSIGNS, which will be released in the US in May. They are the first and second books of the ®Evolution trilogy; she's now working on the third, GILLUNG. Stephanie is published by Jo Fletcher Books (an imprint of Quercus Publishing).

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'Stephanie Saulter has created an intriguing setting in a series that is loaded with promise' British Science Fiction Association.

'A fascinating and compelling read ... It comes highly recommended and we can only hope that the rest of the series to come is just as gripping' Starburst.

'Some books are good, some books are even great. This one is important. 4.5 out of 5' SF Signal.

'A novel that I would recommend to everyone. 8.5 out of 10' The Founding Fields.

'Binary presents an entertaining and compelling story, with a tight and energetic climax ... Stephanie Saulter is definitely an interesting writer, and one whose work I intend to keep seeking out' Strange Horizons.

'An evocative and wonderfully crafted story ... she has truly captured a future setting with all its mess and madness, its order and disorder, its differences and similarities and its sheer humanity' The Bookbeard's Blog.

'Stephanie Saulter has once again triumphed in a terrific, un-put-downable, novel with plenty to keep the reader guessing and desperate to find out the truth behind the mystery. 9/10' Sleepless Musings Of A Well Groomed Moustached Man.

'If you loved Gemsigns, you'll be blown away by Binary. What an absolutely amazing book this is ... I would recommend this series to anyone who likes an intelligent, exciting, extremely well written science fiction story' Draumr kopa blog.

'One of the most powerful, thought provoking books I've ever read' Bookworm Blues.

About the Author

Stephanie Saulter writes what she likes to think is literary science fiction. Born in Jamaica, she studied at MIT and spent fifteen years in the USA before moving to the UK in 2003. In 2010 she launched the Scriptopus interactive website for writing short fiction. Stephanie blogs unpredictably at and tweets slightly more reliably as @scriptopus. She lives in London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab read 14 Jun 2014
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A future full of challenges. Not least over what is and isn't "normal". This book challenges all manner of assumptions whilst never forgetting to entertain and provide twists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Binary is an awesome sequel to Gemsigns... 16 April 2014
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I have read Binary in over a number of days, having to limit my reading time in order not to finish it in one sitting, as I found the thought of finishing it too hard to countenance. Having finished it, I am desolate...months stretch ahead before the final (don't even go there!) part of the triology is published, and I will have to face the inevitable end of the (R)evolution story. This is a wonderful book by a truely awesome story teller - it is worth your time and effort and money, and the emotiomal investment you find yourself making in Aryel Morningstar. It is brilliantly written with a plot that moves so fast it makes you breathless, but the world of gems and norms is utterly convincing, and the story compelling. I can't wait for the final part of the tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twin-set and Match 12 April 2014
Binary is what’s commonly known as “That difficult second novel”, the eagerly awaited follow-up to Gemsigns, which was released to much excitement in Spring 2013. This accomplished, information-heavy debut, set in a near-future world where genetic modification has become common, documented the struggle for genetically modified humans (Gems) to obtain basic human rights. Binary tells us what happens next, after freedom, after the dust has settled and humans and Gems are living uneasily side-by-side as supposed equals.

Equality has not solved all the Gems problems, and particularly pressing are the problems that may arise with future children, and children that Gems may have with so-called “norms”. The threat from religious fundamentalists may have eased somewhat, but the biotech companies who were so invested in Gem creation and manipulation are still a looming danger, especially Bel’Natur and its calculating, manipulative chief executive, Zavcka Klist. She is interested in prolonging Gem technology for her own deeply personal reasons, and she will stop and nothing, not even murder, to make sure she gets her way.

The book unfolds, in flashback, the fascinating parallels and the complicated, unexpected connections, between Klist and the unelected Gem leader and advocate, the unique figure of Aryel Morningstar, and their conjoined story is set against a fast-moving fight to safe the life of damaged Gem Rhys by finding his genetic prototype deep in the computer vaults of the Gemtech companies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 111/1010 8 April 2014
Gemsigns is a great book. Perhaps a little heavy on the details, but it's a rich dystopian novel that examines prejudice and what it is to be human. It does what all good science fiction novels do. It makes you think.

Binary is a direct follow on from Gemsigns, featuring the same characters. With most of the world building done in the first novel, this is more a straight-forward story with less sociology, and I think it suffers for that. Binary's story is an interesting one, but I didn't find the themes it explored as thought provoking as those in its predecessor.

Saulter's tendency to info dump is still present, and this time I found the information more confusing than enlightening. It details complicated computer systems, nested shadow companies within the Gemtech industry, and theoretical genetic manipulation techniques. The volume of information given sometimes overwhelms the story.

The structure also vexed me. There's a straightforward narrative interspersed with flashbacks to events years before. This is nothing wrong with this in principle but whilst the flashbacks are predominantly written from the perspective of Aryel, one or two of them weren't, with little or no indication that this was case. As a result, I'd be reading for half a page or so, before realising that it didn't makes sense in the context of what had come before, and that I must be reading about another character. I'd have to stop and reread in light of this realisation which jarred me out of the story.The arbitrary nature of the flashbacks' point of view, highlights that they are only there to divulge important plot information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars human nature at its best..and worst 7 July 2014
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It is very rare that sequel books are as good as the opening of the series. I had a pleasant surprise with Binary, the sequel to Gemsigns.We find ouselves several years later, the gems have been integrated gradually (and not without resentment)into society, they rights, their work and special skills and innovation begin to be appreciated, they even have representatives in politics. The book is constructed like a mystery, starting with an anonymous denounce, a police investigation and finally the shock discovery. We find out more about the 2 powerful women driving the action and their past: one one side, Aryel Morningstar, the winged charismatic leader of the gems and Zavcka Klist, the ruthless brilliant business woman at the top of the most successful gemtech corporation, Bel'Natur. While the action unfolds, we are presented in turn with stories from the women's past and the final surprise sheds a little more light into the complexities and complications of human nature.
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