July 2, 2013

Genius Wars by Catherine Jinks: Book Review

The Genius Wars
*this book is the sequel to Genius Squad
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Summary (via goodreads): Boy-genius Cadel Piggot has a new name (Cadel Greenaius), a new family, and a new life. No more illegal hacking, no more false identities, and most of all, no more Prosper English. But when his best friend Sonja is attacked, it's up to him to figure out who was behind it. Before he knows it, Cadel is crossing oceans and continents, barrelling back into the depths of the criminal activity he thought he'd left behind, and coming face to face with Prosper English once again. Can Cadel track down Prosper before it's too late? And what rules will he have to break in the process?
Review: In the 3rd and final installment of the Genius series, I was expecting a happy ending after the main character had struggled through so many hardships in the series. Sadly, that didn't happen. After living a normal life for half a year, Cadel is forced back into the world of cons and tricks he so carefully avoided. Upon starting this book, I really wanted Cadel to finally have a normal life but as I soon found out, that wasn't possible. I was a little disappointed in the ending of this book. Throughout the whole series, Cadel struggles to free himself from Prosper's tyranny but that never happened in the book. I,however, enjoyed Cadel as a character. He was interesting to read about (seeing as he is a boy genius). One thing that irked me was the length of the book. The books in these series are all so long and so descriptive. One one hand, that's convenient and you can really immerse yourself in the book but on the other hand it starts to get a little bland after a while. This book was not predictable when it comes to the plot points but I did see a pattern in the big picture. Cadel gets captured, he escapes but is still not free from Prosper. In this book, that was still the case. Overall, this book was a good conclusion to the Genius series but I would have liked to see a more detailed ending.

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