Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout #bookreview

Trust no one. Every camera is an eye. Every microphone an ear. Find me and we can 25689033stop him together.

The Game: Get ready for Zero Hour as 200 geniuses from around the world go head to head in a competition hand-devised by India’s youngest CEO and visionary.

The Players:
Rex– One of the best programmers/hackers in the world, this 16-year-old Mexican-American is determined to find his missing brother.
Tunde-This14-year-old self-taught engineering genius has drawn the attention of a ruthless military warlord by single-handedly bringing electricity and internet to his small Nigerian village.
Painted Wolf-One of China’s most respected activist bloggers, this mysterious 16-year-old is being pulled into the spotlight by her father’s new deal with a corrupt Chinese official.

The Stakes: Are higher than you can imagine. Like life and death. Welcome to the revolution. And get ready to run. – Goodreads.com

I really had a good time with this book.  If you have a background in computers, math, engineering – add Genius to your list.  A lot of technical jargon and diagrams are included, which I didn’t understand – way above my pay grade, that add a level of authenticity to the story.

Three engaging and diverse MCs, each with their own problems and secrets, make this fast-paced novel a serious page-turner.  Genius is loaded with suspense, an intelligent thriller that would have strong appeal to any YA readers interested in STEM.

If there were any negatives for me, it would be the Game itself.  I never quite understood if the goal of the competition was to work for the young CEO, have the opportunity to meet him, or something else.  The backgrounds of some young geniuses made me question exactly how they fit in with all the computer, engineering, and science types; however, it wasn’t difficult to overlook these things – I was too engrossed in the story to think much about it.

I’m unsure if a sequel is planned for this book – although I certainly hope one is in the works.  Thanks to NetGalley for the digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.  Genius: The Game is scheduled for publication May 3, 2016.

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