Genesis

by Bernard Beckett

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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

Genesis Synopsis

The island Republic has emerged from a ruined world. Its citizens are safe but not free. Until a man named Adam Forde rescues a girl from the sea. Fourteen-year-old Anax thinks she knows her history. She'd better. She's sat facing three Examiners and her five-hour examination has just begun. The subject is close to her heart: Adam Forde, her long-dead hero. In a series of startling twists, Anax discovers new things about Adam and her people that question everything she holds sacred. But why is the Academy allowing her to open up the enigma at its heart? Bernard Beckett has written a strikingly original novel that weaves dazzling ideas into a truly moving story about a young girl on the brink of her future.

Genesis Press Reviews

'Highly original, this remarkable thriller fuses intricate ideas with real emotion and suspense. It gripped me like a vice.'
Jonathan Stroud.

'a very different young adult novel ... that will make smart teenagers feel very respected'
Patrick Ness, Guardian.

'Extraordinarily original'
Independent

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ISBN: 9781847249302
Publication date: 27/05/2010
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Paperback

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Publication date: 07/05/2009
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847249302
Publication date: 27th May 2010
Author: Bernard Beckett
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 208 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Books of the Month, eBook Favourites, Science Fiction,
Categories: Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage),

About Bernard Beckett

Bernard Beckett has a degree in Economics, and has taught in the Wellington region for several years. He has published nine novels, and has won many awards for his fiction.In 2006 Bernard was awarded a New Zealand Science, Mathematics and Technology Teacher Fellowship where he worked on a project examining DNA mutations. This new direction led to the publication of Genesis in 2006, which won the Young Adult Category in the 2007 NZ Post Book Awards. In 2008 the book made publishing history when UK publisher Quercus Books offered the largest advance ever put forward for a young adult novel in New Zealand. ...

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