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Genesis by Bernard Beckett ~ A Review

Genesis  5 Stars

WTF!! (What the Future!)

A philosophy book based on the future, rooted in Aristotle, Plato’s Republic and Socratic thoughts.
The Original Sin is revealed at the end … and I’m not telling you what it is.


A brilliant and chilling dystopia for a new generation in the tradition of Brave New World.

“‘Explain to us why you wish to enter The Academy.’”

Anaximander, a young Academy candidate, is put through a gruelling exam. Her special subject: the life of Adam Forde, her long-dead hero.

It’s late in the 21st century and the island Republic has emerged from a ruined, plague-ridden world, its citizens safe, but not free, and living in complete isolation from outside contact. Approaching planes are gunned down, refugees shot on sight.

Until a man named Adam Forde rescued a girl from the sea.

“Anaximander, we have asked you to consider why it is you would like to join the Academy. Is your answer ready?”

To answer that question, Anaximander must struggle with everything she has ever known about herself and her beloved Republic’s history, the nature of being human, of being conscious, and even what it means to have a soul.

And when everything has been laid bare, she must confront the Republic’s last great secret, her own surprising link to Adam Forde, and the horrifying truth about her world.

My Thoughts

This book had so many wonderful thought-idea-provoking passages that it surely going on my physical bookshelf at home. I got a copy from the library for this read, but this is one book I know I will go back to many times.


(How can I go back to fluff reads after reading a novel of this magnitude?…)

A small novel, but very powerful; it left my jaw dropping at the end of the story; I didn’t see the ending coming in this one.

This book had so many wonderful thought-idea-provoking passages. Worth the read, just for the surprise. Lots of food-for-thought, philosophy-style. Very short, interesting book, with an intriguing format.

Which came first, the mind or the idea of the mind? Have you never wondered? They arrived together. The mind is an idea. ~Genesis

In the end, living is defined by dying ~Genesis

Help us all on this path of evolution.

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