Sunday, August 21, 2016

Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout

Genius: The Game is a YA science fiction book about geniuses competing against each other. Kiran, the world's youngest CEO organized The Game, a competition with 200 geniuses. The winners are recruited for a special project that will revolutionize the world. Rex is one of the best coders in the world. He created WALKABOUT, a program to find his missing brother, who ran away to join a revolution.

Painted Wolf is a blogger who is focused on uncovering and publishing the corruption and lies in the world. Tunde is an incredible engineer. He built the device that gave electricity to his town. This attracted attention from corrupt leaders. One of them partnered with Kiran and threatens his family unless he can build the most powerful GPS Jammer in the world. Rex and Painted Wolf unite with Tunde to help him solve this problem and uncover the real motive behind The Game.

The friendship of these three teens is amazing. Rex and Painted Wolf were willing to sacrifice everything to help Tunde, even if it means lying. They stood by each other when it counted, and worked together endlessly. I liked the little touch of romance between Rex and Painted Wolf. I really liked the character of Painted Wolf, and how she disguised her true self.

The thing I did not like was the ending. It was scattered and quick. There was not much detail, and there could have easily been another 100 pages or so. With the next book not coming out for another year, I definitely expected more.

The illustrations in the book were awesome and very technical. Every page had tons of things on the edges and even some on the text. There were diagrams and math equations and coding. It was unlike any other book I have read. It took me way longer to read it than usual since I kept looking at the pages!

I recommend that you read this book! There is a sequel that will come out on June 6, 2017 called Genius: The Con.

Title: Genius: The Game
Author: Leopoldo Gout
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 304 pages
Series: Yes, Book 1 of 2
Rating: 4 Stars

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