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Genesis

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Genesis by New Zealand author, Bernard Beckett, is a dystopian vision of a future Earth that has been greatly changed by environmental catastrophes. The story is told by Anax, a female student who wants to enter an exclusive Academy in order to improve her position in this rigid society. She is being tested with a four hour oral examination of her chosen subject, which is the life of Adam Forde whose actions in the past brought about changes to this society.

Apparently the planet was overwhelmed by war, terrorism and global dust storms during the 2050s but some survivors managed to create an island nation that they surrounded by a sea fence that no one was allowed to penetrate. Anyone seeking refuge there was immediately shot. Adam Forde became the crack in the system when he allowed a young girl to cross the barrier. Anax is tested by three examiners and during this question and answer session, the story of how soldier, Adam broke the rules and so was put on trial before his planned execution but he caught the attention and sympathy of the general public and his sentence became isolation. He was housed with a new proto-type AI robot, the plan being that interaction between the robot and the human would improve the robot’s sensitivity towards humans. What this story really is however, is thinly disguised, philosophical statement about the consequences of environmental neglect.

Although an original way of story-telling, for me, Genesis made global disaster more of a classroom concept than a realistic story. The author’s word of warning is all too true but I felt this novel needed more heart added to the story to make the readers actually care about what they are reading about. Even the twist at the end did not enliven this short book that is about ideas and debates more than action or emotion. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Dec 11, 2017 |
I think it is pretty dense, structured reading, but very well done.
Don't see why this isn't more popular. Chilling tale of a dystopian society that leave no stone unturned to keep their society pure. Spectacular ( )
  delta351 | Sep 12, 2017 |
Direct, simple yet surprisingly thoughtful, uncluttered and enjoyable. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, this story is told through the main character's oral exam for entrance into an exclusive academy. We learn the history of her society as she explains her interpretation of a key event in their history to her examiners. Has a twist (which I figured mostly out beforehand), which I am a little "Hmmm" about, but the most interesting part about the story to me was the way Beckett got it on the page, the way he slowly revealed information about the society he'd created. Recommended. ( )
  lycomayflower | Dec 31, 2016 |
Really stunning. First, it made for a gripping read despite the fact that the whole thing is structured as (essentially) a conversation with a dissertation committee. Secondly, the ending twist was well-done and (to me, at least) truly surprising. Highly recommended. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
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Though a slim 150 pages long, Genesis by New Zealand author Bernard Beckett packs a walloping philosophical punch. In this novel, the author asks readers to rethink their notions of consciousness and the human mind.
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Kattelus, KaisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Is the soul more than the hum of its parts?
-Douglas Hofstadter, The Mind's I
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Anax moved down the long corridor.
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"Set in the future, in 2075, is this novel for young adults by New Zealand author Bernard Beckett. The island-state of the Republic had risen up from the destroyed world: isolated, ordered and repressive. Its citizens are alive, but not free. What remains of the outside world is kept at bay. Planes are gunned down; refugees shot on sight. But then a man named Adam Forde rescues a girl from the sea. Watching pyrotechnic sunsets instead of downloading them, Anaximander studies for entry to The Academy. Her exam topic: Adam Fordes challenge to the Republic. With it, the questions of Fordes philosopher class: what makes a human? What makes a soul? Genesis is a philosophical novel that asks all the big questions about who we are."--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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