A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{January 11, 2010}   Genesis by Bernard Beckett

Plot: Anax is a bright young history student who wants to be admitted to the prestigious Academy that guides her society. In order to succeed, she must pass a grueling 5 hour oral exam to test her knowledge of her chosen subject, the controversial and charismatic Adam Forde. Through her words we learn about the relationship between Adam and the android art and how it changed the world forever.

This is a short novel, I read it in one sitting, but a very thought provoking one. It reminds me of novels such as Brave New World and 1984. The frame used to tell the story is very effective and leads to some truly shocking revelations whereas the story of Adam and Art makes you think long and hard about your ideas of consciousness, history, ethics and the state.


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