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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 150 x 202 x 15mm | 138g
  • Quercus Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 1847249302
  • 9781847249302
  • 75,546

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'The pages keep turning until the startling and surprising culmination. There is a great deal for readers to think about but the book is guaranteed to hold their attention and stay in their minds' Carousel. Carousel
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'a very different young adult novel . . . that will make smart teenagers feel very respected' Patrick Ness, Guardian. * Guardian * 'Highly original, this remarkable thriller fuses intricate ideas with real emotion and suspense. It gripped me like a vice.' Jonathan Stroud. * Jonathan Stroud * 'Extraordinarily original' Independent. * Independent * 'The pages keep turning until the startling and surprising culmination. There is a great deal for readers to think about but the book is guaranteed to hold their attention and stay in their minds' Carousel. * Carousel *
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About Bernard Beckett

Bernard Beckett, born in 1967, is a high school teacher based in Wellington, New Zealand. Genesis was written while he was on a Royal Society Fellowship investigating DNA mutations. It won the New Zealand Post Book Award for Young Adults and the Esther Glen Award.
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10,647 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 33% (3,465)
4 36% (3,790)
3 22% (2,296)
2 7% (744)
1 3% (352)

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I chose this book because it promised to be more focused on the philosophical content rather than the fiction of it. And it delivers more than I expected. It has also unexpected twists that add to the quality of the more
by Martín Alejandro Hernández Madrigal
Reason for Reading: I love dystopian literature and will read pretty much anything I can get my hands on as long as it sounds interesting to me. The year is 2075, an island society lives behind a Great Sea Fence and is modeled after Plato's Republic. The society is Utopian to all those within, but watching over society very carefully is The Academy where the Original Sin has been concealed very carefully from this Brave New World. Written in a unique format, we meet Anaximander as she begins her four hour oral exam to gain entry as an historian at The Academy. The book's chapters are divided into the four separate hours of Q & A followed by a stretch of break time between each where Anax is left to her thoughts. Anax's project is based on Adam Forde a great cultural hero who died before the Great War. Through her telling of his story and the questions asked of her we learn the history of this world: the global disasters, the Last War, the seclusion of The Republic behind the Great Sea Fence, the plague that destroyed much of mankind and The Republic's response to killing any who sought asylum with them, and finally, the beginning of the Great War which tore down the old Republic and established the New Platonic Republic. We are mostly exposed to Adam and his world, along with an Artificial Intelligence (AI) device that has been left with Adam after he ends up in jail, as all true great people's hero's eventually do. It is through Adam's and Art's relationship and lack of such that we really get to know this man and his society and eventually back to Anax's. The surprise reveal at the ending was a shock to me but now that I've thought about it I should have seen it coming, but I didn't. The book is unusual. It wasn't a page-turner for me and took longer for me to read 185 pages than it should have. But it was interesting and never did I consider putting the book away, or *not* continuing on with it. The story lingers with me. The ending is certainly what makes the book worth the read and leaves one to ponder on many levels. more
by Nicola Mansfield
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