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Genesis Anax thinks she knows history Her grueling all day Examination has just begun and if she passes she ll be admitted into the Academy the elite governing institution of her utopian society But Anax is

  • Title: Genesis
  • Author: Bernard Beckett
  • ISBN: 9781921758034
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Paperback
  • Anax thinks she knows history Her grueling all day Examination has just begun, and if she passes, she ll be admitted into the Academy the elite governing institution of her utopian society But Anax is about to discover that for all her learning, the history she s been taught isn t the whole story And the Academy isn t what she believes it to be In this brilliant novelAnax thinks she knows history Her grueling all day Examination has just begun, and if she passes, she ll be admitted into the Academy the elite governing institution of her utopian society But Anax is about to discover that for all her learning, the history she s been taught isn t the whole story And the Academy isn t what she believes it to be In this brilliant novel of dazzling ingenuity, Anax s examination leads us into a future where we are confronted with unresolved questions raised by science and philosophy Centuries old, these questions have gained new urgency in the face of rapidly developing technology What is consciousness What makes us human If artificial intelligence were developed to a high enough capability, what special status could humanity still claim Outstanding and original, Beckett s dramatic narrative comes to a shocking conclusion.

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    1. 5.0 stars. Okay folks, this is a must read alert. I was expecting this to be decent but I was blown away by how excellent it turned out to be. Focused, powerful and imaginative. This one is a keeper. As many others have said (but it is certainly worth repeating) this should not be considered a YA novel. Yes, the protagonist is a teenage girl, but that is the only YA connection to this story. This has much more in common with 1984 than Harry Potter. This is a superbly realized and eerily believab [...]

    2. Kindle edition is on sale for about $5 HERE!!This is what I call an "experience" book. You may not find yourself inside the world like in an "escapism" story, instead you feel as if your viewing it from the outside. It's intent is to help you reflect upon and experience your own life, not necessarily that of the characters. Another more well-known example of this type of book would be 1984.You breath on your own instead of with the characters. You are able to see the story more objectively, with [...]

    3. *drinks a tenth cup of coffee* God, being sleep-deprived is so very much like being drunk, without the laugh. I hate it. ANYWAY. Reading Genesis must have worn my few remaining energy cells out, because I have a hard time typing on my keyboard. What the hell?! I'd better go to the point. Here's how it went : [fast backward of the hologram]The EXAMINER studies me carefully during an indefinite length of time. As I was warned during my training, his features don't betray any emotion and - Alright, [...]

    4. I was getting smug thinking I figured out where this book was taking me. And then last few pages came, and I all I was able to say was, "Heh. Ummm. Okay. Well, then. Heh." I know, my eloquence is astounding."The only thing binding individuals together is ideas. Ideas mutate, and spread; they change their hosts as much as their hosts change them." Normally I don't care much for spoilers. I can even pompously say that it's the journey I care about, not the destination. (Believe it or not, in the p [...]

    5. Well, this must be my lucky week. Reading two 5-star books one after another is not something that often happens to me. Of course, I love reading 5-star books, but the problem I have is reviewing them, because I always feel like what I say is not going to do the fantastic books justice.Genesis was recommended to me about a week ago from a friend on . I actually had never even heard of it until then. Usually when a friend recommends a book it takes me a few months to get to it. My friend didn't h [...]

    6. "Today she would assume nothing"Such a brilliant mindset for the readers of Genesis to be in!Clever and philosophical, original and imaginative. But be warned my friends: it's suprer dense and as I'm writing this, I'm full of trepidation it has put me in a slump. Well let us hope not!This is basically reading a history book which consists of almost only info dump, and yet I enjoyed this. Maybe because the story is, often than not, peppered throughout with philosophical thoughts and cautious word [...]

    7. June 23, 2012I strongly recommend Mel's beautiful and moving review of this book. We both loved it, and tried really hard to explain why without spoiling the story.There are many other exceptional reviews from friends and others, and I would never have known about it without their guidance. My thanks to all.June 19, 2012(Pre-review) - Thanks so much to all who supported and commented on this (now slightly edited) lead-in! My full review follows this section.I absolutely loved it. Plopped it stra [...]

    8. I agree with my fellow Goodreader, Genesis has no business being marketed as a YA dystopia. It should have been published by Subterranean Press or Night Shade along with Ted Chiang's and Paolo Bacigalupi's works to find its most welcoming audience.The setting of the novel is indeed dystopian and the main character is a teen, but other than that Genesis has little to do with YA dystopian genre. It is a novel of ideas, philosophical even. Its main focus is the genesis of consciousness in AI (artif [...]

    9. A short brilliant novel that I’ve finished in one evening. Opinions are divided on this one – I know people who didn’t like it. As for me, I loved it. Almost all of it is perfectly written dialogue – basically this character, Anaximander, participates in an auditory entrance exam, hoping to get into the Academy. Through all the questions and answers we learn about this dystopian/utopian world (you decide), that is supposed to be our own future world.*You know that moment when you’re co [...]

    10. Dystopia is the new cool kid on the block of young adult genre literature. Readers of this genre are familiar with the storylines and themes: teenagers struggling to survive in a scary society that sets kids against each other for entertainment; a creepy society sets kids against each other in order to determine the characters' roles and jobs in the world; the collapse of society by disease, zombies, or natural disaster and the survival during the anarchy of the collapsed society. Genesis is not [...]

    11. I don't even know how to begin reviewing this book. I fear that anything I describe about the book has the potential to ruin it for anyone reading this reviews. And to do that would be a huge disservice to this book. Because believe me when I say it was truly remarkable. There are three things I believe I am safe to say. (1) The main character's name is Anax. (2) The book is basically her interview with a panel for acceptance into The Academy. (3) It is a dystopian type book. (4) It's not a long [...]

    12. EDIT: Read again and loved it even more, upping my rating to 4 starsOld ReviewOk, so 3.5 stars actually. Maybe 4 but I've decided to be picky.I was greatly torn as to my opinion on this book, it's a very confusing and weird read at times and not even remotely what I expected when I read the description.The novel consists entirely of a 4-hour oral exam on a specialist subject of the individual's choice, set in a society that is built up through the dialogue in the examination as the protagonist n [...]

    13. Which came first, the mind or the idea of the mind? Have you never wondered? They arrived together. The mind is an idea.Wow I did not see that ending coming. Mind. blowing.Well damn, this book sure as hell took me by surprise. After Pines I wanted to pick up something relaxing and easy to read. Well, let me tell you, this book wasn't quite as easy to read as I thought it would be. It says here that this is a YA book, but it didn't feel like one. The book reminded me little of a modern version of [...]

    14. What on Earth did I just read? Was that a speech or a novel? Was that a YA book or one written for adults? Was the character Well no I can't give that away for prospective readers. This is a book that has to be read without anything spoiling the plot (I will still provide a non-spoiling summary). What I will say is that if you've read Planet of the Apes before then read this. This novel is something of a YA version of that with a bit of a twist.Genesis is not written in the usual form of other Y [...]

    15. The sad thing is that I’ve actually had this on my wishlist at the library for over a year! Thank goodness for the fabulous reviewers on for convincing me to finally go ahead with it. This is a short, tense story filled with intellectual debate and philosophy and I really enjoyed it.It opens with Anax, a young girl who has chosen to sit the examination for The Academy. She has selected Adam Forde as her subject, and must now survive rigorous questioning about his life and history, thesis-defe [...]

    16. Review to come once Kat figures out the statistical probability of her reading TWO five-star books in a row.

    17. This is the best post-apocalyptic novel I've read since The Road. I started reading it the moment it arrived in my mailbox and was not able to put it down until I'd finished it. It's an intensely cerebral and philosophical read for a young adult novel. And just when I thought I'd discovered the secret of the book, I was completely caught off-guard by the true secret.A girl named Anax has been given the chance to take a 4-hour oral exam to interview for entrance into The Academy. The book is the [...]

    18. First of all, let me just say how excited I was to read this book. The book description sounded so interesting and right up my alley. Was I ever wrong- this book completely disappointed. The book description (a post-apocalyptic, plague ridden world, an elite Academy who interviews young applicants to maintain a crime-free society) is simple fodder for a short book that is simply packed with philosophical debate about consciousness and individuality. As the main character started her interview, I [...]

    19. First of all, I'd like to draw your attentions to Jim's fantastic review of this book. It's well worth a look, I assure you; especially since he has included some of the more beautiful quotes from the book (something I was too scared to do myself!). Both of us read the book at roughly the same time, and enjoyed it immensely. Now, let's move onto the actual reviewThis must have been the easiest five stars I’ve ever given a book. And that includes Stephen King’s works of genius, too. I just ca [...]

    20. Which came first, the mind or the idea of the mind? Have you never wondered? They arrived together. The mind is an idea. ~GenesisIn the end, living is defined by dying~GenesisWow, wow and more wow! I have been swept away and truly humbled by this little book that's filled with such big ideas. The blurb on my edition calls it "sinewy" and "cerebral" and for me, that hits it just right. I want to start by first giving a shout out to Stephen; his unbridled enthusiasm for this book is what brought i [...]

    21. All I have to say is basically one long whistle of amazement, but since that can't be communicated in a textual medium I'll try to explain a little bit. Short review, for a short book, though.I thought I had it figured out. I've read a lot of dystopia and I know the patterns by now, and I saw a few of them here so I assumed that I understood how it would end. Wrong. This book is abnormal, and in being so it is also extraordinary and shocking and wierd and fascinating and powerful. The question i [...]

    22. My high school U.S. history and economics teacher had this cardboard cutout of a monkey that said something like, “ARE YOU THE HUNDREDTH MONKEY?” The monkey was looking very Uncle Sam in his pose, so it felt imperative that you either be or not be the hundredth monkey. So, there was a kind of underground movement in the class to find out what the hell that meant. It turned out that the teacher would tell you eventually if you pestered him enough about it. The cutout was based on the book The [...]

    23. Este libro no puede reseñarse muy bien porque dada su brevedad y lo concentrado de la historia cualquier mínima pista roza la delgada línea que separa la reseña del spoiler, pero os aseguro que es un LIBRAZO.Bernard Beckett ha hecho un trabajo increíble con este libro. Con EL final, ese final increíble, ha convertido un libro bueno con una historia entretenida e incluso divertida en algunas partes en algo épico que te dejará echando humo por las orejas porque no entiendes a qué clase de [...]

    24. Beckett has written a very different young adult novel, exhibiting a kind of purity unusual in most young adult fiction, deep and complex under the guise of its ostensible simplicity. Although I never truly connected with any characters from the story and there are, in fact, times when Genesis feels a bit like witnessing a philosophical diatribe, this also gave Beckett the opportunity to present his ideas with admirable economy. "Human spirit," he says, "is the ability to face the uncertainty of [...]

    25. Have to admit, after reading the description and reviews, I was expecting much more of a book than this little novella, really, not much more than a glorified short story. The post-apoc setting was pretty well constructed, but anyone well read in the genre will be able to figure out the twists of this particular story. Lots of philosophical sophistry between the human and the AI, an ok way to spend a couple of hours.

    26. Книгата ме грабна още в началото и въпреки малкия си обем, който е твърде нетипичен за утопична фантастика, е една голяма книга.Земята е опустошена, а човечеството е покосено от тежки болести и чумна епидемия. В целия този ужас, малцина се спасяват на остров, изолирани от цел [...]

    27. What if there's an unstoppable outbreak spreading all across the world, wiping out whole populations, and the only area left unaffected is an island closed off from any contact with the mainland?This is the state of the world in Genesis.Guards on the island have been instructed to terminate on site anything they see floating on the water. If they hesitate, they are also terminated. The people on the island construct for themselves a Sparta-like dystopian society and government called The [...]

    28. 3.5 starsOccasionally it's good to step outside your preferred genre and read something different. Genesis, while not actually entertaining, is certainly interesting. On the surface the book is a bit dry, as the story unfolds as an interview. Set in the future, the main character Anaximander is being interviewed for a place at The Academy. The book is heavy on philosophy, the history of this world, the meaning of life and humanity.I liked it, though didn't love it. I found it appealing but not e [...]

    29. Holy fucking shit, Batman! Holy fucking shit! *SPLAT!* My brain has exploded. I am blown away by the awesomeness of this little book.Firstly, I owe a huge thank you to Lyndsey's review for inspiring me to read this because HOLY CRAP, HOOOOLY CRAP! This is the dystopian book to end all dystopian books. Doesn't matter if you think this sort of thing isn't for you, or if you're disillusioned with the genre. At the very least this book will make you THINK. Think about the state of humanity, its limi [...]

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