Release Date: December 31, 2005
Age Group: Adult
Received From: Kindle Store
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Set on a remote island in a post-apocalyptic, plague-ridden world, this electrifying novel is destined to become a modern classic.
Anax thinks she knows her history. She’d better. She’s now facing three Examiners, and her grueling all-day Examination has just begun. If she passes, she’ll be admitted into the Academy—the elite governing institution of her utopian society.
But Anax is about to discover that for all her learning, the history she’s been taught isn’t the whole story. And that the Academy isn’t what she believes it to be.
In this brilliant novel of dazzling ingenuity, Anax’s examination leads us into a future where we are confronted with unresolved questions raised by science and philosophy. Centuries old, these questions have gained new urgency in the face of rapidly developing technology. What is consciousness? What makes us human? If artificial intelligence were developed to a high enough capability, what special status could humanity still claim?
Outstanding and original, Beckett’s dramatic narrative comes to a stunning close. This perfect combination of thrilling page-turner and provocative novel of ideas demands to be read again and again.
I really don’t know what to say about Genesis by Bernard Beckett. It was different. That’s for sure, and not in a bad way. Genesis is told entirely in a 4 hour conversation/exam. Anax, the main character is telling the examiners the history of her world and the story of Adam Forde. I really don’t want to give too much away, but I loved that we really get an in depth look at how their dystopian society came about. A lot of dystopian novels leave that out and it always makes me wonder how they got there.
Genesis takes on a lot of things that aren’t usually found in YA. Philosophy and what makes something a conscious being. There are a lot of questions asked and the author lets you decide for yourself.
This really was a gripping book. There’s no action, but you won’t be able to put it down. You won’t see the end coming.