Republic, an island nation in the future where no one from the outside is
allowed in, Anaximander begins her four-hour-long examination for entrance into
The Academy. She has researched the life of Adam Forde, a well-known soldier
who made history when he rescued an outsider girl from the sea and changed the
course of the Republic forever.
As Anax tells
the Examiners what she knows about Adams life and the subsequent events that
followed, she begins to question the existence of humanity, the purpose of the
Republic, and the safety of her own future, ultimately making a discovery that
turns her lifeand the readersupside down for a shocking conclusion.
How can I
describe GENESIS in a way that will do it justice? Its a chilling piece of
dystopian literature, a psychological thriller that terrifies even though it
takes place entirely in a four-hour-long conversation. Its not light reading,
for sure, and will force you to think long and hard about it days after youve
finished the book.
On that note,
though, I think that all the time youll have to put into thinking about this
book and the issues it raises is completely worth it. There are long
conversations that delve into questions of the worth of humanity and the
dangersand advantagesof artificial intelligence. The ending in particular was
so unexpected, so original and yet so appropriate that once youve read it you
can think of no other way to end the book. I would read this book again and
again just to understand the circumstances that led up to the fascinating
ending, an ending that will stay with you forever.
All in all,
dont miss GENESIS. Its not a typical young adult read, thats for sure, and
will be difficult for many people to comprehend, but if you put the effort into
it, trust me, it will be very worth it.