Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away....
Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal....
We know - and love - the story of the American Revolution, from the Declaration of Independence to Cornwallis' defeat. But our first government was a disaster, and the country was in crisis....
Considered controversial ever since its first publication, it tackles the thorniest religious issues of belief and faith head on....
This is the way the world ends. For the last time. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great, red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash....
Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis....
But Anax is about to discover that for all her learning, the history she's been taught isn't the whole story. And that The Academy isn't what she believes it to be.
Anax's examination leads us into a future where ancient - eternal - philosophical questions have dramatically collided with the march of technology, where just what it means to be human is up for debate, and where the concealed stain of an 'original sin' threatens the very existence of her brave new world.
This is a one-of-a-kind gem I can't recommend highly enough. Surely it's one of dystopian science fiction's best-kept secrets. Imagine an isolated island preserved from world plague by its remote location. Now imagine the inhabitants creating a community based on Plato's REPUBLIC.
What does it mean to be alive? To be an individual? To be a member of a community? To be responsible? Whatever you expect this book will be, it will surprise you. I've listened to this more than once, and yet the twist ending never fails to take my breath away.
Don't be fooled if you see this referred to as a "young adult" novel; it's a perfect listen for thoughtful adults, as well.
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The frame (Anax taking her 5-hr exam) is a device for the story she tells about Adam Ford and an AI. Yes, tells--not a lot of showing. And even the story she tells isn't much of one. Basically this book is about philosophical questions, such as "What is consciousness?"
Because there isn't a lot of "showing," and there's not a lot of fluff; it's not something you can listen to with half an ear.
I did find it interesting, but it was (in part) my mood. I had just finished reading something from the '40s, which was also quite philosophical and not exactly action-packed.
As far as the twist, halfway though I had most of it figured out, though it didn't spoil the book for me because I was interested in the questions the book was posing.
What made the experience of listening to Genesis the most enjoyable?
What other book might you compare Genesis to and why?
What about Becky Wright’s performance did you like?
I enjoyed her voice.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me aware of a possibility
Any additional comments?
You'll never see the end coming.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful