This Booker Prize longlist novel is a clever and innovative riff on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It explores how the classic gothic tale still resonates in our modern world, as people re-define gender binaries and delve into new territory with cybernetics, AI, and transhumanism. What does it mean to be human, and if humans create new forms of intelligent life or choose to create hybrid identities for themselves, how will society adapt? This is quite a departure from Winterson’s classic LGBTQ+ coming-of-age novel, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, but never fear - the writing is still wonderful, as she adds a bold new perspective to the Frankenstein mythos.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)