Genesis, by Bernard Beckett

genesisSummary:  Anax, a dedicated student historian, lives far in the future—the distant past events of the 21st century are taught in classrooms. The world of that era, was ravaged by plague.  Only the island Republic remained stable and ordered, but at the cost of personal freedom. Anax, hoping her scholarly achievements will gain her entrance to the Academy,  has extensively studied Adam Forde, a brilliant and rebellious citizen of the Republic who fought for human dignity. To join the Academy’s ranks, Anax undergoes a test and as the examination progresses, it becomes clear that there may be more to Adam—and the Academy—than she had imagined. 

Houghton Mifflin



  1. This book was by far the best I’ve read this year. I may be a bit biased because it’s in my favorite genre, but the plot was surprising and insightful, and definitely kept me reading. For such a thin book, it does a good job of introducing ideas that will stay with you long after you finish it.

  2. I absolutely adore this book. I definitely agree with Willow. The characters were extremely well fleshed out within the limited number of pages. The plot was epic. It tied two plots in with one. I really enjoyed this. I definitely think this could be a winner. I also love how the cover is a bit misleading. Definitely love the plot line in this 😀

  3. i thought the book was well written,but the voice of the main character was that of an older teen, maybe an early twenties girl. it was a fast read, so it was not a chore to finish the book. i liked that it dealt with an issue that is becoming more mainstream, *SPOILER ?*but i feel as if the author just twisted planet of the apes a bit to much.*? SPOILER END* my only complaint with this book is that i feel the surprise ending was rushed. Almost as if the writer decided to throw the twist in last minute, because the deadline was coming up and they did not know how to end it. i feel that if the twist was executed better, i would have liked it a lot better.

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