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Genius Squad book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Now that the Axis Institute for World Domination has been blown up; t. Genius Squad 2 Catherine Jinks PDF ePub Mobi - Download Genius Squad 2 Catherine Jinks (PDF, ePub, Mobi)Books Genius Squad 2 Catherine Jinks (PDF, . And he's under constant threat from Prosper English – the criminal mastermind he helped to put in gaol. Will Genius Squad be the answer to all Cadel's prayers?.
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 safely 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 when 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 it 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 addition to the cast.
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 appreciated 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 and 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!
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. Overall 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.
View 1 comment. 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 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 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 around 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 it 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: The first book had a number of flaws, but was intriguing enough to pull me through and make me curious about the sequel.
I got through this book basically wondering why I'd read it. The focal point seems more on Cadel's clumsy attempts at relationships than anything "genius" like. While I'm not one for endless technobabble, having a book about a "genius squad" that never lives up to the name is disappointing. Not enough description of gadgets and the kind of intelligence and ingenuity that would The first book had a number of flaws, but was intriguing enough to pull me through and make me curious about the sequel.
Not enough description of gadgets and the kind of intelligence and ingenuity that would make me respect the group. And the ending was just.
And I don't like books ending in syrup. Nov 02, Kim rated it liked it. Nowhere near as good as the first one. All the solutions seemed more trite, all the characters more annoying. I was hoping the sequel would improve upon the first book, but instead it seemed to exacerbate the problems and offer nothing more fun to counter them.
Jun 14, Becky rated it really liked it. Jinks, Catherine.
Genius Squad. Genius Squad is the sequel to Evil Genius.
So if I didn't love and if I'm honest, really almost hated why would I pick up the sequel? Am I just into torturing myself? But it's a good thing. A really good thing in this case. My problems with Evil Genius was in the narrator and also the pacing but it's not necessary to go there.
Our hero, Cadel Piggott, was so far removed Jinks, Catherine. Our hero, Cadel Piggott, was so far removed from the human race, so cold, so calculating, so mean-spirited, so outside-it-all, so without conscience that it made it hard for me to like him. Even just a little bit. But Cadel's a whole new man now. Well, sort've. He's fifteen. He's matured in many ways.
If by maturing you mean becoming human, becoming likable, becoming vulnerable, becoming a person who thinks about his choices being right or wrong. That doesn't mean he's above doing wrong, it just means that he thinks first. He may lie. He may keep secrets.
He may want to do small acts of revenge.
But he now thinks about whether the ends justify the means. But more importantly, Cadel is now beginning to think about other people besides himself--at least part of the time. So, I liked this one. I really liked it. Cadel, as I mentioned, is fifteen now. And we first meet him living in a foster home. He's in a home with two other children. I believe they're both foster care kids too. And life isn't easy for this ex-genius.
At the beginning, he's living a mostly restricted life. He does get some computer time, a few hours each day, but it's not his computer.
It's not super-advanced. And he can't really go about doing his normal genius-y things. He's under police protection as well. He's the sole witness for the prosecution. He has to stay alive so he can testify against Prosper English.
Surviving may be more difficult than he at first thought. So, the book is called Genius Squad. As you might have guessed, Cadel and his best friend Sonja get an offer they can't refuse. A chance to prove their genius for the "good" guys.
Off the record of course. No, he isn't working for the police. And no, there isn't proof that these so-called good-guys are actually good. In fact, these good guys are doing some illegal things. But Cadel thinks the ends will justify the means. I won't go into all the specifics, but this genius squad does add some suspense and mystery to the plot. Genius Squad is an exciting page turner.
I definitely recommend it. Apr 07, Eliose rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Teens, people into mysteries. Spoilers are a pain. Read at your own risk. It continues on from the end of Evil Genius.
New characters are introduced and old characters are expanded and fleshed out. I love the dynamic between Sonja and Cadel. He learns to become compassionate because of her and to think of others.
Cadel becomes more human in this book as he makes friends with the people he has to work with to take down Proctor. The teenagers act almost exactly how some teens would act-only caring about money and having fun, ev Spoilers are a pain.
The teenagers act almost exactly how some teens would act-only caring about money and having fun, even though they're doing something that would help thousands of others. The adults can be condescending and almost rude, which I believe would be most likely the reaction adults would have, if confront with childeren who think they know better or who do know better than they do.
Other adults are much more helpful and considerate to the teens, but they're the ones to look out for.
Those adults didn't want me to tear my hair out, but they did make me a little hesitant to like them. Even the nicest of characters can show their true colors. The events unfolded in the book had many twists and turns that made me breathless in anticipation for what would happen next. The pace of the events seem a little slow, but the information that the reader is giving makes up for it. The scenes in the book all have hints to different possibilities to what would happen next.
Some were obvious clues, while others told me a while for it to click, making me smack my head because of the obviousness.
Despite Cadel's initial suspicions they may be working for Prosper, Cadel and Sonja eventually agree to join Genius Squad. They learn that Genius squad is disguised as a youth home and they have other kids also working for the squad. While Saul and Fiona initially object, they relent after a particularly heated confrontation with "Mace". Cadel arrives at the youth home, where Saul and Fiona help him move his belongings. While Genius Squad works away, trying to avoid notice by Cadel's various bodyguards, they uncover a web of deceit, crimes and cerebral implants.
During this time, "Mace" finds the address of the Genius Squad foster house and attempts to frame Cadel for theft by planting a stolen watch on him a plan which ultimately fails and leads to Mace's arrest. Cadel also finds that Gazo Kovacs has made contact with GenoME, unaware of their sinister intentions.
Cadel is taken to the house of Judith, one of the other members of Genius squad. From here, Prosper flees to a private air strip to leave the country after Cadel attempts to contact Saul for help.
Saul gets a group of police officers down to the airport in time to save Cadel, but Prosper manages to get away. At this point, paternity tests show that Prosper English isn't really Cadel's father, even though he thought he was. Cadel's real father is Chester Cramp, who runs Fountain Pharmaceuticals, another Darkkon corporation.
However, with Chester sitting in an American Jail.
Cadel agrees to being adopted by Saul and Fiona, who happened to be getting married. His style puts him in conflict with Cadel's social worker, Fiona Currey. Despite Cadel's initial suspicions they may be working for Prosper, Cadel and Sonja eventually agree to join Genius Squad. They learn that Genius squad is disguised as a youth home and they have other kids also working for the squad.
While Saul and Fiona initially object, they relent after a particularly heated confrontation with "Mace". Cadel arrives at the youth home, where Saul and Fiona help him move his belongings. While Genius Squad works away, trying to avoid notice by Cadel's various bodyguards, they uncover a web of deceit, crimes and cerebral implants.
During this time, "Mace" finds the address of the Genius Squad foster house and attempts to frame Cadel for theft by planting a stolen watch on him a plan which ultimately fails and leads to Mace's arrest. Cadel also finds that Gazo Kovacs has made contact with GenoME, unaware of their sinister intentions.But much of the Axis Institute had been blown up.
This is not so in Genius Squad , every mention of this character is defined by disability to the point that the character becomes almost dead weight Cadel uses some of the drawbacks of the disability to his advantage. But Judith coloured. The cover continues to deceive — it gives no sense of the greatness of complexity within. He could simply sit back and watch events unfold, from a discreet vantage point. Not that it mattered.