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May 5, 2014 - Amy Phelps
A sci-fi story of super-powered genetically engineered people is told in Stephanie Saulter's "Gemsigns."
When the human race faced extinction, corporations invented a cure to the disease and genetically created a new breed of workers - branded with a gemsign to show their differences. Decades later, the Gems are fighting the Norms for their basic human rights and freedom and a war seems immeinent. Dr. Eli Walker has been charged with gathering findings about the Gems for an international conference that will decide the Gems' fate. But as he begins to research and meet the people and hear their stories, which side will Eli fall on? Will the world again fall into war?
This is a heavy political dystopian thriller with a lot to think about. It's a dark look at technology, corporations and control.
"Gemsigns" is published by Quercus. It is $26.99 and 339 pages long.