Genesis by Bernard Beckett


Written by Bernard Beckett

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Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2009

This will intrigue and fascinate you from the start. Set in a futuristic utopian society Anax is taking an exam which will decide if she can enter the elite ‘Academy’ and her subject is Adam Forde, her long dead hero. Although set in a futuristic world, eternal philosophical questions arise in the course of the exam making Anax question herself and possibly all she has believed to be the truth about her hero. This is a real page turner and if you don’t read it in one sitting we would be very surprised!


Genesis by Bernard Beckett

A fourteen-year-old Anax thinks she knows her history. She'd better. She's sat facing three Examiners and her grueling five-hour examination has just begun. If she passes, she'll be admitted into The Academy - the elite institution that runs her utopian society.


'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'

'Extraordinarily original'

'Highly original, this remarkable thriller fuses intricate ideas with real emotion and suspense. It gripped me like a vice.'

'a very different young adult novel ... that will make smart teenagers feel very respected'

About the Author

Bernard Beckett

Bernard Beckett has a degree in Economics, and has taught in the Wellington region for several years. He has published nine novels, and has won many awards for his fiction.

Bernard’s fascination for science also led to Falling for Science: Asking the Big Questions (2007), his non-fiction exploration of the relationship between story-telling and science.

Bernard currently lives in Wellington with his wife, Clare Knighton (and co-author of Deep Fried.)

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208 pages


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Quercus Publishing Plc

Publication date

27th May 2010




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