Acid Song by Bernard Beckett

November 18, 2008 at 11:47 am | Posted in Books, Fiction, Reviews | Leave a comment

Acid Song takes place over a few days leading up to Election Day in New Zealand, and as I was reading it on the day of our recent election, the book felt very relevant.

The story explores the ethics of scientific discovery – should knowledge be pursued if that knowledge could potentially harm people?

The main character is Richard, an esteemed university science professor, who makes a discovery in his research which he is afraid to reveal because of its highly controversial nature.

The other characters in the book are connected to Richard by the slender thread of circumstance and come from various walks of life.

As in his book Genesis, Beckett holds back vital information from the reader about some of the characters so that the final scene of the book packs a punch.

Meanwhile the actions of the minor characters in the story,  appear to contradict the validity of Richard’s research findings. Maybe action speaks louder than theory?

This is a thought-provoking book with a truly New Zealand flavour.

Beckett is the author of the award-winning Young Adult book Genesis.

Reviewed by Glenda

Find Acid Song on the library catalogue

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