'A fascinating and compelling read, exploring the boundaries of human behaviour, religious influences, and the morality of the everyday person. It comes highly recommended' Starburst magazine.
'An incredibly emotive read ... hugely gripping' SciFi Now.
'A smart, confident debut ... It touches of themes of slavery, of fear of the unknown other, on religious symbolism and ethical questions' Fantasy Faction.
'Absolutely amazing ... Unmistakable talent and great story-telling mix well' Speculating Spec Fiction.
'Saulter writes extremely well ... A powerful commentary on contemporary society and politics' Civilian Reader.
'Well-written and thought provoking, Gemsigns
is an all-around superb debut from Stephanie Saulter, and another winner from Jo Fletcher Books. 4.5 out of 5' The BiblioSanctum.
'An intriguing, well-written and well-conceived novel' For Winter Nights.
'Takes on a tough subject, treats it with honesty, and comes out making the reader feel better about things' Two Dudes in an Attic.
From the Back Cover
Humanity stands on the brink. Again. Surviving the Syndrome meant genetically modifying almost every person on the planet. But norms and gems are different. Gems may have the superpowers that once made them valuable commodities, but they also have more than their fair share of the disabled, the violent and the psychotic. After a century of servitude, freedom has come at last for the gems, and not everyone's happy about it. The gemtechs want to turn them back into property. The godgangs want them dead. The norm majority is scared and suspicious, and doesn't know what it wants. Eli Walker is the scientist charged with deciding whether gems are truly human, and as extremists on both sides raise the stakes, the conflict descends into violence. He's running out of time, and with advanced prototypes on the loose, not everyone is who or what they seem. Torn between the intrigues of ruthless executive Zavcka Klist and brilliant, badly deformed gem leader Aryel Morningstar, Eli finds himself searching for a truth that might stop a war.