Now that the Axis Institute for World Domination has been blown up; the founder, Dr. Phineas Darkkon, has died; and Prosper English (who enrolled Cadel in the. Readers who loved Evil Genius will find this sequel as gripping, devilish and wonderfully dark as its predecessor. What made that first book so. Will Genius Squad be the answer to all Cadel’s prayers? Catherine Jinks was born in Brisbane in and grew up in Sydney and Papua New Guinea.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Genius Squad by Catherine Jinks. Genius Squad Genius 2 by Catherine Jinks. Phineas Darkkon, has died; and Prosper English who enrolled Cadel in the first place is in jail for myriad offenses, Cadel Piggott has round-the-clock surveillance so he’ll be safe until he testifies against Prosper English. But nobody seems to want Cadel. Not Fiona, his social worker; not Saul Greeniaus, the detective assigned to protect him.
When he is approached by the head of Genius Squad–a group formed to investigate GenoME, one of Darkkon’s pet projects–Cadel is dubious Genius Squad can offer him a real home and all the technology his heart desires. But why can’t he bring himself to tell Saul what the group is really up to? Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To cathdrine other readers questions about Genius Squadplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jun 07, Colin rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Oh my effing god.
How i loathe this book! I’m about two-thirds of the way through, and every time i think genlus can’t get more annoyed, Jinks proves me wrong. The problem is the character of Sonja, who is a 16 year-old girl with cerebral palsy. How exhausted she is! How hard it is for her to communicate! Unl Catherind my effing god. Unlike in the first book, which actually portrayed Sonja as a somewhat complex character, in this book she is, as bruin trouble brilliantly pointed out, “the sum of her spastic limbs.
From what I hear, I haven’t even hit the worst of it yet. I’m mentally composing my tell-off letter as I read. Now that I’ve finished this horrible thing, I squas I’d share a few moments of my “favorite” ableist schlock: His gaze fell on Sonja’s wasted physique.
And for perhaps the fiftieth time, he reminded himself that compared to his best friend, he was as free as a mountain eagle. Free and proud, soaring and beautiful! Cadel reminded himself once again that Sonja’s predicament was far worse than his. The jinjs that governed her life were crueller than anything he’d ever have to endure.
And, unlike Cadel, she could draw no comfort from the prospect of release, because her venius was permanent. In the first book, Sonja was a whip-smart, pro-active girl with wit, personality and spunk. Where did she go? There is no hint of ANY of that in this book.
She merely serves as a guilt-fount for our narrator and contributes none of her previous insights to the problems he faces except for occasional moralistic one-liners. View all 4 comments. Nov 12, Rooh rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. This book was just as great as the first book “Evil Genius” but in a different way. This time it is not so much about Cadel and his genius strategies as it is about Cadel trying to overcome his dark side and unintentionally walking right into a trap. Last time I found it fascinating to read about this amoral character – because that is what he was: This book begins a couple of months after the last. Cadel is now in foster care with Prosper English gemius behind bars.
But nothing is well for Cadel – Propser English refuses to admit Cadel is his son, the police are unable to find anyone other than Cadel as a key witness to testify against that villain, Cadel himself is living in the most abominable conditions possible – in a foster home with a thug kid called Mace who enjoys bullying Cadel and with very little computer time and on top of that no country or university is ready to accept Cadel. With all these worries it is no wonder that squas contacted to become part of the Genius Squad in order to bring down a fraudulent organisation called GENOME he accepts the offer of living in Clearview House with Sonja.
Everyone else believes grnius to be accommodation for hard done by kids while in reality it is a cover for bringing together genius kids to take down an organisation.
One of my nitpicks would be that the other genius kids didn’t seem all that genius to me. Or perhaps we are meant to marvel at how smart Cadel really is in relation to these other kids.
My brother made the point that the other kids seem only to be gifted in their respective specialised fields while Cadel is more of a ‘street smart’ genius.
He can take all the various possibilities into account and has a very cynical outlook on everything which makes it hard to fool him. I guess the Axis Institute was good for something after all! Seeing Gazo and Alias again was fun and Com Dot’s sister was a good ccatherine to the cast.
minks I loved the two new characters, Saul and Fiona, that were introduced in this book even if they made the ending utterly predictable. The moment we had that scene between Saul, Fiona and Cadel I looked up and told my brother – they are going to get married and adopt him huh? Never one to spoil the suspense by brother kept quiet but heh I was right. And I don’t care how trite the ending was I still consider it satisfying. I liked how he became so attached to Cadel and always felt frustrated at Fiona for doubting his motivations but then secretly admitting to Cadel that he squxd how she was so dedicated to ensuring Cadel’s well being.
I liked how he knew that he should not hide any facts from Cadel just because he is a kid – he was open and honest with him something I can’t say for Cadel but then again he is a kid, genius or not geniis that scene in the park when he informs Cadel of the assassination plot against Prosper English is one of my favourite scenes. Another one is the reunion scene when Saul finally finds Cadel locked inside somewhere that Propser had hidden him. And also that scene where Cadel talks about how Prosper should let him go because he wasn’t a kid any more and how his speech “fooled the wrong person” because Saul begins asking Cadel for his opinion and Cadel breaks down in front of him and says that he just said all that to get Prosper off his back.
Oh there are just so many memorable scenes! I agree with my brother that Part 4 – when Prosper English breaks out of gaol and kidnaps Cadel, is the most exciting part of the book. Not only because of the chase but because you come to appreciate just where Cadel has learnt his genius ways from. Prosper is every bit as cunning and conniving and it is a marvel to see how he had planned everything all along!
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While Cadel thought he had taken charge of his life it was actually Propser pulling strings and seeing his wonderfully laid out plan come to fruition. Squae a good follow up and I can not wait for Genius Wars May 22, Jennifer Wardrip rated it really liked it Shelves: He’s miserable as he tries to bide his time until the slow-moving authorities can find out who he is and where he belongs.
It is as he is waiting that the Genius Squad approaches him. Devoted to bringing down one of Dr. But Cadel is naturally suspicious and paranoid. Can he really trust the Genius Squad, or is his hesitance to trust them warranted? This book has even more action and quick thinking than the first! Each page builds up suspense that culminates into a surprise scenario that will leave you scrambling to catch up. Though it contains more computer and hacking references than its prequel, that doesn’t deduct from its appeal.
Jun 04, Tamora Pierce rated it really liked it Shelves: A great boy book, this is also–for all its evil-genius-trying-to-capture-his-maybe-computer-genius-son–an excellent picture of foster care and its problems, including the lack of resources available for any type of kid, be they gifted super computer genius, lifetime criminal, emotionally disturbed kids, and those with severe birth defects.
The hero is bullied by the police to give up all he knows about his father, and he’s willing to do that, but he’s also terrified that his father will escape A great boy book, this is also–for all its evil-genius-trying-to-capture-his-maybe-computer-genius-son–an excellent picture catheirne foster care and its problems, including the lack of resources available for any type of kid, be they gifted super cathefine genius, lifetime criminal, emotionally disturbed kids, and those with severe birth defects.
The hero is bullied by the police to give up all he knows about his father, and he’s willing to do that, but he’s also terrified that his father will escape and come after him. He would also like to be certain Prosper is his father. It’s hard to like the adults who ignore, manipulate, or bully him, and it’s hard to like many of the kids xatherine him. His friend Sonya, who has cerebral palsy, sometimes seems like just a prop to show he’s a caring person. It’s still a ripping read, though.
This is the second book of a series. I haven’t read the first, but obviously I didn’t need to in order to follow this ripping yarn. Aug 12, Trin rated it geniud was ok Shelves: An ex-Mountie tries to protect an angelic-looking teenage genius from the criminal masterminds who raised him. Sadly, not so much. However, book two mostly just exacerbates all the issues I had. Sq An ex-Mountie tries to protect an angelic-looking teenage genius from the criminal masterminds who raised him. Though he does get to use his go-to disguise of dressing up as a girl a few more times.
I will now let the image of teenage David Hewlett in drag entertain me, as this book failed to do. Jul 21, Shanshad Whelan rated it it was ok Shelves: