Thursday, July 02, 2009

Book Review - Genesis by Bernard Beckett

Bernard Beckett
Longacre Press
January 2006
ISBN-13: 978-1877361524
150 pages

Are sentient machines destined to displace humans as the next logical progression in the evolutionary chain?

This dystopian, man vs. machine novel is a concise, fast-paced Science Fiction tale told through a series of academic interviews and reveals a very different world then ours in the aftermath of a calamitous plague. There are no spoilers here but I will tell you that the resounding revelation and surprise ending are well worth the price of the book. “Genesis” is a well-written, aptly titled parable that twists an odd philosophy around an intellectual suspense. This much too short piece was a pleasantly surprising and entertaining read.

With components of “1984,” “Lord of the Flies,” and “On the Beach” this inventive mystery renders itself perfectly to any required reading curriculum and the story components lend themselves well to topical discussions of apocalyptic catastrophes, totalitarian governments, rebel resistances, and rigid political and social regimes. At the same time it is great reading for enjoyment, as well.

4 out 5 stars

The Alternative One
Southeast, Wisconsin

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