Age Range: 12 – 18 years
Grade Level: 7 – 12
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (May 3, 2016)
Techie YA Read For Your Summer Pleasure
Do you have a teen that is tech savvy or has an interest in the internet or building and inventing gadgets? Need something for them to read this summer to keep them from totally disappearing into their computer screens? Here is a great read that will engage their minds while still (sort of) scratching that tech itch we all seem to suffer from these days.
Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout (from publisher, Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of MacMillan) is a newly published novel aimed at teens, starring teens as main characters. Though I'm a little bit past the teen stage, I really found this book to be very engaging and entertaining. Leopoldo Gout has a great way of pulling the reader into the story of teens — Rex, Tunde and Painted Wolf — who are online friends from different parts of the world with common interests in technology and computer coding.
Each character has their own personal and family issues driving their desires to attend a high-stakes game for young geniuses with the prize being the ability to work with the host of the games to start a revolution to change the world. There are so many twists, turns and exciting obstacles for these three teen cyber-geniuses to navigate, I couldn't put it down. The ending is, just, wow. Excitement, intrigue, secrets — it's just begging for a sequel to see where else this story can go!
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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What kind of books does your teen like to read? Do you think they would be interested in this title?
Disclaimer: I was provided this title free of charge to facilitate review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.