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“Genius...The Game”
by Leopoldo Gout

What I thought...

“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”

(From Goodreads)

“Genius...The Game” Cover

…FAIR WARNING…my keyboard has decided that punctuation is not a thing so this has horrific grammar. I’m sorry for that. Anytime I try to use quotations, parenthesis, or anything involving me to use the shift key my computer completely locks up and deletes everything I’ve written. Once I return to my parents house I shall rectify this!!…SORRY!!!!

I wanted to love this book. It had everything going for it to make me love it. And then it just didnt live up to all it spoke about.

The good…Character Development. Rex, Tunde, and Cai, otherwise known as Painted Wolf were very well developed characters who each had their own intrinsic backstories and their own motives behind attending The Game.

The friendship aspect of the story is really what sold me on this being a three star book. While I didn’t enjoy the story line, and the ending was not up to par with how the beginning and middle of this book went, which I will talk about later, I really enjoyed how the three friends looked out for each other. The flirting between Rex and Cai was subtle and everything that you would want in a story like this. It’s not a romance and there was no romance within the story but the small moments gave some insight into their friendship.

The illustrations were on point, easy to read and understand, and gave the various items and images life within the story itself. While I didn’t read too much into each of the gadgets that were mentioned, I really enjoyed being able to see exactly what the author was trying to portray through words.

And now the bad…The ending. Yo, the ending was bad lets not even sugar coat it. Is there supposed to be a sequel? Are we just supposed to guess what happens next? I’m confused. I don’t like being confused.

Kian. Fuck that dude. Seriously. I am not spoilering anything, but just know that when it comes to that character, you feel like you’re on a bad version of the batman roller coaster most amusement parks have. Are we going up or down? Oh there’s a twist underground? Why am I nauseous? That’s how I felt anytime that dude was in the same room as any of the main characters. Just bad dude. You’ll see why when you read it.

The story had some bumps. I REALLY wanted more from Painted Wolf and less from Tunde. Not that I don’t love you dude, but I seriously cannot with a lot of your story line. I get it. Bad warlord. Village is in trouble if you don’t win. I get it. But, I absolutely wanted to know MORE about Painted Wolf, her family and friends, the heists she has pulled. I was begging for that by the end because she is so wonderfully written. Give that girl some more screen time!!

And then we came to the game itself. I kind of wanted it to be more…more. I totally got what it was about and everything, but I wanted so much more….test? Game? More trials I think is what I’m trying to get across. Overall, it was a good “game” I just wanted so much more of it.

Basically, this was a GREAT read for me but it definitely had some problems. If you enjoy sci-fi books or some slightly dystopian feeling reading this book totally fits those categories!! If there is a sequel you can look forward to seeing my review of that because I refuse to believe that this is the end of it and I was left with a cliffhanger. I refuse to believe it.

My Rating

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3 out of 5

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