Review – Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout

Genius: The Game
By: Leopoldo Gout
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)

Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout is a young adult story with a tech/sci-fi feel. The story centers around a game designed by a young, wealthy CEO who invites 200 child and teen geniuses to participate. The prize? Access to one of the world’s largest supercomputers, which is exactly what Rex, one of the main protagonists, needs to get his hands on in order to find his missing brother.

The characters were great, and I really liked all of them. Even the minor characters, and there were a good number of them, were memorable. The story’s point of view is from the first person and switches between the three main character’s viewpoints – Rex, Tunde and Cai. Transitions between one character and another were very smooth with no questions as to who was speaking at any given time. The book was very fast paced. Despite a number of sub-plots and a good number of characters things never grew confusing or felt as if things were slowing down.

[pargaraph extra=””]A good number of graphic and pictures are included in the novel. Or, more appropriately, they will be. Since I read an arc copy not all of these are included. I am curious though and wonder just how prolific these graphics will be. I’ll have to find a finished copy at some point and take a look.[/paragraph]

The end of the book had little closure, instead setting up for a possible sequel. More questions are opened rather than answered, at least in relation Tra certain characters. However, at the time of this review it isn’t very clear if a sequel will officially be written, so it is something to keep in mind.

Genius: The Game was a fun story with memorable characters great for anyone who likes fast paced young adult novels.

Read If:
you like young adult, you like alternating points of view, you like thriller-esque novels

Don't Read If:
you don’t like alternating points of view, you don’t like young protagonists

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Kathleen Townsend

Kate writes things, reads things, and writes about things she reads. She’s had a few short stories published, and works as a freelance editor. Favorite genres include epic & high fantasy, science fiction, time travel stories, video game related tales, light novels, and manga.

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