Genesis

Genesis

eBook - 2010
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Winner of several awards including the 2010 Prix Sorci?res for young adults. In the year 2075 the island Republic has emerged from a ruined world. Its citizens are safe but not free. They live in complete isolation from the outside world. Approaching planes are gunned down, refugees shot on sight. Until a man named Adam Forde rescues a girl from the sea. Anaximander, a young Academy student, is put through a gruelling exam. Her special subject: the life of Adam Forde, her long-dead hero. What secrets has she discovered and what is her own surprising link to Adam? She is forced to confront the horrifying truth about her totalitarian world. Genesis is a thriller that asks the big questions. What is it to be human? What makes a soul? '...sophisticated sci-fi that explores thorny issues in philosophy and science...Beckett presents a series of philosophical conundrums with lucid and penetrating intelligence, and weaves them into a bleak but compelling futuristic vision.' Age
Publisher: 2010.
ISBN: 9781921799129
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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marcspraragen
Apr 19, 2017

Excellent book. I recommend it to all of my friends who appreciate sci-fi. Short and, well, short.

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Maria_Wa
Jul 28, 2016

Wow, where do I start. The whole book told two stories at the same time, yet being told by the same person. My favourite part was the ending. This came as such a surprise to me in every single aspect. I thought I knew how it was going to end, but in reality, I had not predicted anything. Short but amazing.

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Sophia222
Jul 28, 2016

This book didn't have that big of a main plot in it, but that didn't stop it from being very interesting and captivating. It uses a very unique writing style, similar to that of a script. Although short, I really enjoyed the story and the ending was great. If you're not into sci-fi you might not enjoy this book as much, but otherwise, I recommend it.

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Superman_Wu
Jul 24, 2012

Wow, I'm so glad having read this. The book is very deep. If you're one of those IB kids, this is a great read on TOK lol.

debwalker Jun 10, 2011

In this futuristic story, a smart, brave young student named Anaximander (“Anax” for short) undergoes a trial by fire, trying to join a mysterious academy that is modeled and named after Plato’s Republic. Beckett takes us through her grueling ordeal as she internally reasons out her level-headed answers to all the curveball questions thrown at her. Anax uses holograms and her own narrative to relate the tale of a young individualist hero named Adam Forde, whose sometimes questionable actions left an indelible mark on the closed society. Imprisoned for valuing compassion over the society’s safety measures and forced to “train” a simian-faced robot named Art about being “human,” Forde’s story becomes the major theme of the book. At the end, Beckett serves up a deliciously twisted irony that’s worthy of The Twilight Zone. To his credit, the sad final scenes make perfect sense, and you don’t leave Genesis feeling cheated after having the rug pulled from under you.

DeepPurple Mar 14, 2011

New Zealand author. Short, interesting read with a fantastic twist. I am definitely an Anaximander fan!

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thomas_v6
Feb 22, 2011

short but good read.

tomato Sep 29, 2009

Very strange...odd...sci-fi book. A quick read, though.

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Cheryl
Aug 26, 2009

Slightly depressing, but insightfull.

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Aug 26, 2009

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