After the Great War in 2077, her island Republic emerged from a ruined world. Its citizens were safe - but never free. They lived in complete isolation from the outside. Until one man rescued a girl from the sea, and shook the very foundations on which the Republic was built. It was a time where ancient philosophical questions had collided dramatically with the march of technology, and where just what it means to be human was up for debate.
Anax is sure she has the answers. But she is about to discover that for all her learning, what she's been taught is not the whole story....
©2007 Bernard Beckett; (P)2009 Quercus
"(A)... daring formal experiment... has a palate-cleansing purity unusual in most young adult fiction ...Beckett has written a very different young adult novel � assured, cool, almost cold � that will make smart teenagers feel very respected."(The Guardian)"A riveting story... we are immediately intrigued by Anax, her interest in history and motives for wanting to join the Academy... By the end, you will be completely hooked."(sfcrowsnest.co.uk)"The rigorous narrative and crushing final twist bring a welcome freshness to a familiar setup."(Publishers' Weekly)"The climax of the novel is not in the place you think, and the event you thought ends the story is really just the beginning... Beckett is every fiction fan�s ideal philosopher, the type of writer who entertains as much as he questions... Genesis is a must read."(tor.com)
If you're looking for a Dystopian piece that is action packed with a haunting storyline and vivid characters, this is not the book you're seeking. This is however a wonderfully constructed world contained within a very interesting form of storytelling. The British accent lends a certain clinical and smooth air to the reading.
If you like books where the main character spends majority of the time recounting the story of a fabricated historical person and not telling their own story then go ahead and read this book. It was not my cup of tea.
The narration was, in my opinion, spot on! a wonderful performance! Very clever use of science fiction to explore sophsticated philosophical concepts. Had me smiling as every new twist was cleverly revealed. Really enjoyable.
I loved this as much as Brave New World and the philosophical themes, in a way, hark back to Huxley or Orwell (although I hesitate to put many Authors in that league).
Although, it could just as similarly be likeded to Planet of the Apes!
In any case Beckett has really intruiged me with his notion of what life really is, or isn't.
"Both intriguing and tedious, with a big finish!"
The story of Anax and her examination started off promising and the tension was palpable. The plot was interesting if not thrilling, but I found myself losing interest during the second hour. During the third hour, when one would think the plot would develop and heighten one's interest, I almost gave up after enduring dreary, if earnest, philosophical ranting delivered in a monotonous drone; I did, in fact, skip over some sections. The stunning ending was what saved me from feeling that I had wasted my time and caused me to reflect that perhaps there was a good reason for the ranting!
"Right Up There"
A great book for fans of artificial intelligence and near future worlds. Well written, and also an excellent narration
"Shortish but memorable"
Slow burning, intelligent, chilling. Echoes of 1984. I did not guess the ending. Highly recommended.
"Not your usual post apocolpse dystopian fiction"
Well written and beautifully delivered. A story told, and a society built without understanding where it was going. Then the twist 15 mins before the end. Totally unexpected. And then the twists continued. Haunting.
When Adam realises what's going on and what will happen, and then when Anax relises what's going on and what will happen.
"Fascinating right to the end"
Despite being short this is highly entertaining and thought provoking and genuinely a must read (or must listen) novel for anyone interested in computers, robots or artificial intelligence. It contains a long conversation between a person and a robot that is quite the best I have encountered. The author keeps surprising us with moral and intellectual dilemmas right to the end.
"Based on a fascinating idea"
Like all good science fiction, Genesis is based on a central core idea. I won't say which one as that would ruin the book. But the idea is there from the start, but the way that the book is structured is the real beauty of the book. The twist is, also, fascinating. Enjoy!
This deceptively simple story kept me engaged the whole way through and then hit me between the eyes. The writing and narration transported me easily into Anax's world and communicated some big ideas seamlessly within the story. This was one of those stories that I needed a break to reflect before immersing myself in my next audiobook
"Excellent, highly-recommended read"
This was a very enjoyable listen. It is under 4 hours, but contains a well-rounded, thought-provoking story. It is beautifully read and well produced. Would recommend this to people who like intelligent sci-fi.
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