Jeanette Winterson's signature themes of love, free will, and compassion permeate her latest work of fiction, but they've been granted a new planet to colonize -- and quickly destroy. Or is the seemingly "new planet" one we already know? Exploration of expectations, gambling on unknown possibilities, and repetition of actions and feelings spiral out of control alongside the human race in this bleak look at how the future and past are intertwined; history operates in a repetitive spiral, but love exists even as humans constantly work at self-destruction in The Stone Gods. Winterson experiments with the components of a story and comes out with a tale that is greater than the sum of its parts, even as it is as confusing as it is thought provoking. As is her wont, Winterson plays with notions of choice and circumstance, mixing in a healthy dose of futuristic science here; given the opportunity to change our appearance at will and select the ideal age to genetically 'fix' ourselves, what do most people want? To be beautiful and young, unsurprisingly.
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Buy from Waterstones Buy from Hive. On the airwaves, all the talk is of the new blue planet — pristine and habitable, like our own 65 million years ago, before we took it to the edge of destruction. A dystopia with a happy ending? We follow the fortunes of Billy Crusoe from her battles on the dying planet of Orbis through space to Planet Blue — this pristine earth of ours, millions of years before humans.
In Part Two, Billy, a sailor is washed up on Easter Island in time to see the suicidal islanders cut down all their trees. He too falls in love and lives long enough to see his lover die. Part Three is a war zone and Part Four an apocalypse. But there is a very sexy robot with an electric tongue. Beats a toothbrush anyday.
I was heading towards a gigantic break down when I wrote this book. There is a death at the end of each section — prefiguring my own attempt to take my own life.
It's odd to find characters in a science-fiction novel repeatedly announcing that they hate science fiction. I can only suppose that Jeanette Winterson is trying to keep her credits as a "literary" writer even as she openly commits genre. Surely she's noticed that everybody is writing science fiction now? Formerly deep-dyed realists are producing novels so full of the tropes and fixtures and plotlines of science fiction that only the snarling tricephalic dogs who guard the Canon of Literature can tell the difference. I certainly can't.
The Stone Gods
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These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. The Stone Gods was written by Jeanette Winterson and published in It combines components of a romance novel with a post apocalypse work while still touching on the topics of how governments are controlled by large corporations, the damaging effects of war, the slow and steady dehumanization because of increasing technological use, and many more. Interestingly, the book has patterns of repeating storylines and plots between characters, and characters find and read parts of the book that happened before.
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