Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout
Published by Feiwel & Friends on May 3rd 2016
Trust no one. Every camera is an eye. Every microphone an ear. Find me and we can stop 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- This 14-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.
My review for Genius is going to be a little different than most of the ones that I have done before. Instead of giving random paragraphs that describe what I did like and what I didn’t like I’m going to do something a bit different. I’m going to break down the stars that I gave this book and describe why exactly I gave the book the stars. Then, I will give a reason why I didn’t (if I didn’t) give the stars that remain out of a total of five stars. Hopefully this assists people with figuring out if they feel Genius is a book that they should pick up!
Here goes: I officially gave Genius 3 stars!
The first star that I gave Genius was because of how overwhelmingly planned and researched Gout was when he created this book. The books protagonists are online friends who are given the chance to meet each other in real life when they are offered a once in a life time opportunity to participate in a competition that is hosted by the world’s top tech visionary Kiran Biswas. Each character of this competition has been chosen due to their extreme smarts in all aspects of technology and boy is the technology detailed! I love when authors make a point of making their books the best that they can be!
The next star I gave this book was the diversity of the characters. The main protagonists are; Rex – a Mexican American coder, Cai – a Chinese blogger and activist, and Tunde – a 14 year old Nigerian engineer who up-cycles garbage into technology for his Nigerian village. The fact that this book could have been a recycled version of stories that have worked in the past *cough* Ready Player, One *cough* but sticks to making the characters not only diverse but interesting and gripping despite their diversity is amazing. Which leads me to the next star….
I know that I mentioned in the last section how diverse the characters are but I want to highlight how interesting these characters are DESPITE their diversity. Now this might seem confusing, but hear me out. Sometimes when people attempt to add diversity in their book they end up making those diverse characters only interesting because of their diversity. They make it a huge plot point and the character never grows more than their usually stereotypical roles. This does not happen in Genius. Each character is brilliant at their own things that make them vastly different. They are not defined by their diversity and I LOVE THAT!
Now here are the stars that I didn’t give this book:
Now I feel like this is cheating but I feel like this has to be mentioned. I thoroughly enjoyed the science and technology parts but I feel like someone who doesn’t have the background I do (my father is a computer analyst and coder and I grew up speaking the language to a point) they might be off put with the overwhelming amount of science and computer talk. This is a book that you have to be interested in these things or it is going to probably be very frustrating to you at times.
I’m not going to give too much away with this part because it is going to be a major spoiler but I couldn’t get into The Game. It was confusing and at points I didn’t really understand what was going on or what the point was. Plus, I didn’t really like the fact that the book ended in a cliffhanger. I was going into this book thinking that it was a standalone and it ended with the appearance that was not the case. Maybe that was my mistake but it jarred me a bit! So, be prepared – there is a cliffhanger!
All in all, Genius: The Game was a interesting and well thought out book. I think that for any science and technology enthusiasts this would be a perfect and intriquing book for them to give a read! Just be warned, there is a sequel!
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