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Trapped in a car wreck, upside down, bleeding, broken and in pain, Tristan and Grace are staring at death.
As they await their fate, with only a glimmer of hope they might be seen and rescued, we discover the stories of their lives, the sequences of events that brought them together and the shocking truth behind the cause of their crash.
Tristan, a brilliant student at the privileged St Augustine's school within the walls of the City, was the subject of an elaborate series of experiments on the seemingly contradictory concepts of determinism and free will. Part willing participant and part unknowing victim, Tristan grapples with the apparent irrefutability of a deterministic world. There is only one thing that distracts him: a woman he has glimpsed only twice, a woman he longs to know, a woman he loves.
Banished from the City at the end of the experiments, he embarks on a desperate personal quest to find the woman and to prove the existence of free will, a proof he cannot live without.
Meanwhile, Grace grows up outside the City walls, in a place of impoverishment and despair. Her life of hardship allows no place for philosophical musing. Forced through desperation into a life of prostitution, her only hope of escape from the life she leads is the young man she has seen watching her, the young man who would not speak to her. The young man who stoped at the roadside and picked her up in his car…
Part philosophical thriller, part love story, August is a compelling novel of power, humanity and desire. 


Praise for genesis 'Extraordinarily original…perhaps the first novel for young adults written in the form of a Socratic dialogue…Beckett raises enough philosophical questions to keep an intelligent reader thinking for weeks.' Independent on Sunday 'Strikes a happy medium between novel-of-ideas and beguiling narrative…it's an intricate enquiry into the nature of human consciousness and artificial intelligence.' Financial Times 'This philosophical thriller seethes with complex, unsettling ideas…and its shock ending stays with you long after you have turned the last page.' Weekend Australian '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.' Age



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  • Trade Paperback


    February 28, 2011

    Text (Adult)

    224 pages

    RRP $30.00

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