Genius Squad

Genius Squad

Description Sometimes, when it comes to fighting evil, one genius just isn’t enough.
Author Catherine Jinks
Publisher Allen & Unwin
RRP $23.99
GT Issue 2008 T2
Reviewer Seamus Ford, age 13

Sometimes, when it comes to fighting evil, one genius just isn’t enough.

Genius Squad is the sequel to Evil Genius.
It is about boy genius Cadel Piggott, who has no idea who his father is or where he was born.
He is under constant threat from Prosper English, the criminal mastermind Cadel helped put in gaol.

Cadel is offered a position in the Genius Squad, a group of child genii who say they are dedicated to bringing down GenoMe, a company Prosper set up.
But Cadel and his best friend Sonja (who is his conscience and sometimes struggles to keep him on the straight and narrow) question the motives of the Genius Squad – they sometimes seem really close to the methods of Prosper English’s Axis Institute.

Deciding between right and wrong is more difficult than Cadel could ever have imagined.

Genius Squad is a very exciting sequel, maybe not quite as dark as Evil Genius – the characters are slightly less evil this time round (though I don’t know if that’s saying much)!
There are lots of turns in the plot, and just when you thing things are settling down the excitement builds all over again.

You don’t need to have read Evil Genius to enjoy this book, as the first chapters recap enough about Cadel’s past.
I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up.
Fans of books such as Artemis Fowl will enjoy it, and I think it will be really popular in intermediate/secondary school libraries.

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