The Gold Stone Girl is set a million years in the future. The planet Earth has reformed itself into the one-continent world of Blinkin. God and his devil have given way to a new polarity - to the Night Mare and the Dream Weaver. But the Night Mare has co-opted her opposite, and she now rules the night and the day.
Into this nightmare world, where human females are kept as cattle and licensed as domestic pets - inside the stone-system designed to prevent the enemy's return - Mina, a rogue DreamWeaver, is born in the Off-grid of Winkin City. She's found inside the mossy womb of a willow tree, alongside lygaeids hibernating as larvae. Her's is a hero's journey, as she lives the life of a human-breeder, who discovers that in order to survive, she must change everything.
I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to future installments to the series.
That being said, I wonder if this will be one of those books that follows the old saying, "If you like it, you REALLY like it, but if you don't like it, you REALLY don't like it."
In a very creative way, the story explores misogyny, dystopia, rape, slavery, propaganda, and many more topics. It is well written, and the author did a fine job of narrating her own book (not always the case when referring to audiobooks).
So, why do I assume a group of people might not like it? Because those topics are racy and controversial. Right now, I'm imagining discussing this book with my friends, and I can see the faces of those who will really enjoy it. They'd appreciate the creativity, and the interesting characters. They'll like the dark humor, and they'll respect the author's bravery at tackling certain unsavory topics. They'll admire it as one values unique genres of art.
When I think of those who might not like it, I suspect their reasons won't include the presentation of the actual book. On the contrary, I think it would be due to personal preference. I think it will be hard for some people to stomach what is being done to the women in the story. I also think it is difficult for some people to read about insane depravity. Both of these are found in this book.
I liked it, and I hope more people give it a try!
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