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.
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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. This way of storytelling may be hinting at the repetition of history, over and over again, never learning from past mistakes, mistakes which bridge between peoples, planets, and time.
The four parts of the book all take place in different time periods and different locations, both on Earth and elsewhere in space. The humans on that planet are steadily advancing towards self destruction of their world when they create another environment capable of supporting humans on another planet. As the title suggests, the plot takes place on Easter Island, right when the people there were taking down and destroying their famed Moai statues, perhaps reflecting the similar impending destruction of government systems, leadership, and economic giants.
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The apocalypse is coming. They create robot traffic cops and take Robo sapiens lovers or visit a perverts-only sex club. In the opening section, Spike, a sexy Robo sapiens, has just come home to the Earth-like Orbus after exploring Planet Blue. Planet Blue gives the government an opportunity to eradicate a few nuisances. Planet Blue turns out to be idyllic, just right for canoeing and long walks. But the dinosaurs mean it is uninhabitable for large human colonies, so taking a lesson from history the clever minds at the Central Power send an asteroid.
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. Why bother? I am bothered, though, by the curious ingratitude of authors who exploit a common fund of imagery while pretending to have nothing to do with the fellow-authors who created it and left it open to all who want to use it.