by Bernard Beckett
Anax thinks she knows history. Her grueling all-day Examination has just begun, and if she passes, she’ll be admitted into the Academy—the elite governing institution of her utopian society. But Anax is about to discover that for all her learning, the history she’s been taught isn’t the whole story. And the Academy isn’t what she believes it to be. In this brilliant novel of dazzling ingenuity, Anax’s examination leads us into a future where we are confronted with unresolved questions raised by science and philosophy.
So, recently I decided to take a month and reread a bunch of books I’d read before at some point that I loved, but that I didn’t actually remember much about anymore. This book came out in 2009, and I read it when it was new and all I remembered was being kind of blown away by it. It’s tiny–only 150 pages long–but it is really interesting, and really powerful, and there are some serious twists! And even though at this point there are a billion dystopian fiction novels out there, this one still surprised me. If you have a thing for philosophical questions about the nature of intelligence, or robots, or are bored with the typical dystopia or are just looking for something short, give this one a try!
Lara (Haggard Library)