Genesis - Bernard Beckett In a society based on Plato's Republic, young Anaximander must pass a four-hour examination on the subject of her choice to be accepted at the elite Academy. This short post-apocalyptic novel consists almost entirely of the question and answer session between Anax and the Examiners, as they explore the life of Adam Forde, one of the foundational figures of their society. This narrative style could be dry and boring, but Beckett makes it alive, even as his characters - not only Anax and her Examiners, but Adam and the AI creature "Art" - discuss philosophical questions such as interpretations of history and the nature of consciousness. The twist at the end, as well as the true purpose of the examination, was a complete surprise to me.