• by Bernard Beckett
  • Narrated by Becky Wright
  • 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Anax thinks she knows her history. She'd better. She's sat facing three Examiners and her gruelling four-hour examination has just begun. After the Great War in 2077, her island Republic emerged from a ruined world. Its citizens were safe - but never free. They lived in complete isolation from the outside. Until one man rescued a girl from the sea, and shook the very foundations on which the Republic was built. It was a time where ancient philosophical questions had collided dramatically with the march of technology, and where just what it means to be human was up for debate. Anax is sure she has the answers. But she is about to discover that for all her learning, what she's been taught is not the whole story....


What the Critics Say

"(A)... daring formal experiment... has a palate-cleansing purity unusual in most young adult fiction ...Beckett has written a very different young adult novel � assured, cool, almost cold � that will make smart teenagers feel very respected."(The Guardian)
"A riveting story... we are immediately intrigued by Anax, her interest in history and motives for wanting to join the Academy... By the end, you will be completely hooked."(
"The rigorous narrative and crushing final twist bring a welcome freshness to a familiar setup."(Publishers' Weekly)
"The climax of the novel is not in the place you think, and the event you thought ends the story is really just the beginning... Beckett is every fiction fan�s ideal philosopher, the type of writer who entertains as much as he questions... Genesis is a must read."(


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Shortish but memorable

Slow burning, intelligent, chilling. Echoes of 1984. I did not guess the ending. Highly recommended.
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- Liz

Not your usual post apocolpse dystopian fiction

What did you like best about this story?

Well written and beautifully delivered. A story told, and a society built without understanding where it was going. Then the twist 15 mins before the end. Totally unexpected. And then the twists continued. Haunting.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Adam realises what's going on and what will happen, and then when Anax relises what's going on and what will happen.

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- kate

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2009
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Ltd