Genesis is an amazing and original book, I've never read anything like it before, granted I'm new to the dystopian genre. The book really challenges a lot of ideas that we never even think about because we think we already know the answers, I liked how much philosophy was in the book. I also really liked the author's take on what our world could evolve into in the not too distant future.
The way the book was structured was very interested, basically the whole history of this republic is told by Anaximander to a panel of examiners for entrance into The Academy. She explains the critical points that shaped their republic, mainly dealing with a man named Adam and his interactions with an Artificial Intelligence named Art. The exam is split into 4 hour long sessions and 3 breaks.
While I liked the book from the beginning, the ending shocked me several times over and that, that was priceless. I would definitely recommend the book for the ending alone. It's pure genius and I was totally caught off guard. All in all an amazing book!
Anaximander, with the help of a tutor, has been studying in order to take the four-hour exam she must pass in order to become a member of The Academy. This book is mostly a transcript to her oral exam before a three judge panel. I found Mr. Beckett's writing style unique as the whole story is told mostly through Anax's interview with The Academy elders and through several flashbacks. Through this interview we learn what has become of the world after wars and a deadly plague … more
A friend of mine last week recommended that I pick up Genesis by Bernard Beckett. A novella at 150 pages, he said it was a good read with an excellent ending. So, the library had a copy available and it was sent to my local branch within a day or two. I started reading last night, and finished it today. He was right... it's an interesting read dealing with a fair amount of philosophy, but the ending caught me totally off-guard. I was even thinking I knew what the ending would be since he had tipped … more
I was a bit concerned when I ordered this book. I have a thing for post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction, but would I like a book that is supposedly geared towards the teen market? After reading "Genesis" I have to wonder about whomever it was that decided this book should be geared towards said market. This novel is highly philosophical and therefore seems more geared towards older readers (late teens, adults such as myself). But let's put aside the brief market discussion … more
This small book is inherently provocative as it plunges into the distant future, 2075, when the world as we know it has finally spiraled into paranoia and endless wars in an orgy of self-destruction. Even for the common good, countries have been unable to overcome their mutual distrust. The result is The Republic, an area separated from a disintegrating world by a great sea wall, intruders scarce after years of war and plague outside the barrier. The structured society of the Republic … more