Synopses & Reviews
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.
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.