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ISBN13: 9780547335926
ISBN10: 054733592x
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Winner of several awards — including the New Zealand Post Book Award — Genesis is a compelling and utterly riveting read set in a post-apocalyptic world. Young Anax has staked her whole future with being accepted into the Academy — the only place on earth that is still stable and ordered and free of the ravages of war. But as the exam progresses, Anax begins to see that things are not as she imagined, and she begins to question her dream of joining the Academy. Fast-paced and practically un-put-downable, Genesis is recommended for readers 14 and up.
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“What does it mean to be human?” The answer lies within the mystery of Genesis. Set in a postapocalyptic future, the novel takes the form of an examination undergone by young Anaximander as she prepares to enter an enigmatic institution known simply as The Academy. For her subject she has chosen the life of the philosopher-soldier Adam Forde, her long-dead hero. It is through Anaxs presentation and her answers to persistent questioning by her examiners that we learn the history of her island Republic, along with the rules and beliefs of their society. At the completion of the examination, when everything has been laid bare, Anax must confront the Republics last great secret, her own surprising link to Adam Forde, and the horrifying truth about her world.

Like the great writers Isaac Asimov and Philip K. Dick, Bernard Beckett explores the relationship between humans and technology in a brilliantly rendered novel that will keep readers guessing until the final page.

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A stunning debut novel that's as rich in ideas as it is in suspense, destined to become a modern classic of post-apocalyptic literature

 

Anax thinks she knows history. Her grueling all-day Examination has just begun, and if she passes, shell 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 shes been taught isnt the whole story. And the Academy isnt what she believes it to be. In this brilliant novel of dazzling ingenuity, Anaxs 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, Becketts dramatic narrative comes to a shocking conclusion.

About the Author

BERNARD BECKETT is one of New Zealand's most outstanding writers and has won many awards in the course of his career. Genesis was written while he was on a Royal Society genetics research fellowship investigating DNA mutations.

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oberdorfer.erin, July 14, 2010 (view all comments by oberdorfer.erin)
Too say much takes the impact of the book away. Just read it. Great book for discussion on the meaning of consciousness and man vs machine.
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irisheyz_5, February 18, 2010 (view all comments by irisheyz_5)
Genesis by Bernard Beckett is one of those books in which is best to know nothing about it before starting to read it. So for that reason I have not include a synopsis here on my blog. As Genesis is a short book, weighing in at only 160 pages, its hard to say too much about it without giving anything away. Its also a book in which I've only heard rave things said about it so I was eager to read it. However, the high price tag (retails at $20, ebook at $14) made me pause at actually buying it. Thankfully my local library had a copy so I was able to borrow it.

Initially I found this book hard to get into and so it took me longer to finish than it probably should have. I also found the story to be a bit predictable. I didn't find much fresh or new about it compared to books that have a similar storyline. There were some thought provoking aspects of it but overall they didn't really win me over to the story as a whole. I liked it, but I didn't love it nor do I think this is one that I would recommend to any dystopian lovers out there. Mainly because as I said above, there isn't anything fresh to this story. The world building was a bit underdeveloped as to where the inhabitants of this island were now. But the history of the world was pretty fleshed out and I did enjoy learning about that. In some ways I think that this story might have done better if it had more pages with which to tell it in. What about you? Have you read Genesis? What did you think about it? Let me know in the comments below.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780547335926
Author:
Beckett, Bernard
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.39 lb

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Product details 160 pages Mariner Books - English 9780547335926 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Winner of several awards — including the New Zealand Post Book Award — Genesis is a compelling and utterly riveting read set in a post-apocalyptic world. Young Anax has staked her whole future with being accepted into the Academy — the only place on earth that is still stable and ordered and free of the ravages of war. But as the exam progresses, Anax begins to see that things are not as she imagined, and she begins to question her dream of joining the Academy. Fast-paced and practically un-put-downable, Genesis is recommended for readers 14 and up.

"Synopsis" by , A stunning debut novel that's as rich in ideas as it is in suspense, destined to become a modern classic of post-apocalyptic literature

 

Anax thinks she knows history. Her grueling all-day Examination has just begun, and if she passes, shell 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 shes been taught isnt the whole story. And the Academy isnt what she believes it to be. In this brilliant novel of dazzling ingenuity, Anaxs 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, Becketts dramatic narrative comes to a shocking conclusion.

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