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June 2010 Book of the Month.


Set in the future on an isolated island with its citizens divided into ‘sects’.  To change position exams must be taken.  We follow a young girl taking such an exam with her chosen subject a man who forged the beginning of their society.  As she answers the examiners so she questions her beliefs and that of her upbringing.  What emerges is a debate about philosophy and artificial intelligence, an extraordinarily thought-provoking work which was written as a children’s book and indeed long-listed for the 2009 Guardian Children’s Prize.  The writing is simplistic, the themes are not.

Comparison: Unique but try Jostein Gaarder (Sophie’s World) or Ray Bradbury.

Sarah Broadhurst

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