It's more of an experience than just a mere story, a new world rather than a mere novel. It's very possibly one of the best things I'm going to read this year. Social sci-fi just doesn't get any better than this!
A fascinating and compelling read, exploring the boundaries of human behaviour, religious influences, and the morality of the everyday person. It comes highly recommended
A smart, confident debut . . . It touches of themes of slavery, of fear of the unknown other, on religious symbolism and ethical questions
Absolutely amazing . . . Unmistakable talent and great story-telling mix well
An incredibly emotive read . . . hugely gripping
An intriguing, well-written and well-conceived novel
Saulter writes extremely well. Her prose is fluid, unpretentious and nicely composed . . . A powerful commentary on contemporary society and politics, excellently written. Gemsigns is a must-read
Takes on a tough subject, treats it with honesty, and comes out making the reader feel better about things
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
An intense, compelling read
[A] political dystopian thriller with a lot to think about. It's a dark look at technology, corporations and control
An incredibly powerful story . . . forces the reader to truly examine all their light and darkness in a mirror that hides nothing. Gemsigns is shockingly ambitious. It's uncomfortable and telling. This is a book about what makes us human. I can't, honestly, give this book enough praise
Stephanie Saulter's novel of politics, philosophy, science, corporate greed, and slavery will make you reconsider "human"
Saulter creates a world that is visually engaging and peopled by characters who lift off the page and worm their way into your imagination