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Winner, Prix Sorcières, France, 2010
Winner, Esther Glen Award, New Zealand, 2007
Winner, NZ Post Book Awards, New Zealand, 2007
Shortlisted, Silver Inky, 2008

In the year 2075 the island Republic has emerged from a ruined world. Its citizens are safe but not free. They live in complete isolation from the outside world. Approaching planes are gunned down, refugees shot on sight. Until a man named Adam Forde rescues a girl from the sea.

Anaximander, a young Academy student, is put through a gruelling exam. Her special subject: the life of Adam Forde, her long-dead hero. What secrets has she discovered and what is her own surprising link to Adam? She is forced to confront the horrifying truth about her totalitarian world.

is a thriller that asks the big questions. What is it to be human? What makes a soul?

Praise for Bernard Beckett and Genesis:

‘Sophisticated sci-fi that explores thorny issues in philosophy and science. … Beckett presents a series of philosophical conundrums with lucid and penetrating intelligence, and weaves them into a bleak but compelling futuristic vision.’


‘Beckett accelerates the pace and heightens the tension until his narrative reaches a conclusion so shocking, it’s like a blow to the head, Highly recommended.’

Weekend Australian

‘This is a story rich in resonance and more than a few good plot twists.’


Bernard Beckett


Bernard Beckett is the author of ten books, and has won many awards. In 2006 Bernard was awarded a fellowship for a project examining DNA mutations. This new direction in his life led to the publication of the sophisticated sci-fi novel Genesis, which has since been … »

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  • RRP: $19.95
  • Pub date: 16/05/2010
  • ISBN: 9781921799129
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