Genius the Game by Leopoldo Gout
Age Range: 12 – 18 years | Grade Level: 7 – 12 | Hardcover: 304 pages | Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (May 3, 2016)
About Genius the Game
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.
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.
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About the Author
Leopoldo Gout is a filmmaker, writer, and visual artist from Mexico City. He studied contemporary art at Central Saint Martins in London and has shown his sculpture and paintings in galleries and museums around the world. Leopoldo lives in NYC with his wife and two children.
GENIUS – THE GAME is the first in a series of books about child prodigies from diverse backgrounds who come together to change their stars and the world. The launch pad for their revolution is a competition called the Game. There, they compete with 200 other prodigies in a contest that will not only test their brains but also challenge their ideals.
Genius explores the outer reaches of technology, the explosive power of young minds, and the bonds of family. It is filled with big ideas and even bigger emotions. But more than just a book, the Genius series is a movement – it is Leopoldo’s call to the youth of the world: liberate your minds and you can liberate the planet.
As a film and television producer, Gout frequently partners with bestselling novelist James Patterson on projects for both the big and small screen.
My Thoughts on Genius the Game
Rex is one of the best programmers in the world. His friend Tunde (an engineer) can make anything out of repurposed materials (junk). Painted Wolf is an activist blogger with a knack for problem solving. Each of them has a reason to attend The Game – a competition hosted by the world’s youngest CEO and tech wizard, Kiran. But there’s more to Kiran and The Game than a friendly competition between young geniuses.
I liked Genius the Game more than I expected to, and I expected to like it a lot. The first person point of view switches equally between all three main characters. It works well for the story. The reader sees things from more than one perspective while still getting the immediacy and personal touch of the first person. Each character has a distinct voice, history, and personality that allows the author to switch between them without confusing the reader.
Themes in this book are similar to themes in other young adult literature, especially in the science fiction genre. There are questions of honesty, integrity, and the moral conflict of breaking laws or playing dirty for a good cause. As in other YA novels, Genius the Game presents a world in which the adults are corrupt and have mutilated society, leaving it up to the younger generation to save it.
While the themes may be common, the book is not. This is a competition YA readers can sink their teeth into. It’s full of extortion, manipulation, and brilliant technology. Definitely recommended!
Content: One or two mild curse words.
Source: I received an ARC (advanced reader’s copy) of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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