I was not disappointed. The nearest comparison I can make is John Wyndham or Ursula le Guin. I don't want to write what it is about because I could not do justice to the story, nor do I wish to give away any of the twists and turns. This blurb is as good an introduction as any.
Genesis is a thriller that asks the big questions: What is it to be human? What makes a soul?
I am not surprised that the novel won the Young Adult Category in the 2007 NZ Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults. In 2008 it deservedly made publishing history when the UK publisher Quercus Books offered the largest advance ever put forward for a young adult novel in New Zealand. I am delighted that the novel, also published in Australia, is to be released in the UK as two separate editions: adult and young adult, and is also to be published in the US, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Canada, and Finland.
It deserves a wide audience.