Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout


If you love science-y, geeky-type reads with a lot of knowledge, this is your next book.

Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout is a young adult science fiction novel about prodigies brought together to compete in a special game.


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. “

My Review:

One of the first things I noticed with this book is the style of writing. We follow very smart characters (AKA the top smartest brains under 18 years old), so of course, the writing made me feel full of knowledge. The research had to have been very extensive if the ideas are realistically true.

The author used diagrams and drawings to help you visualize what the kids were talking about, so if you don’t know anything about mechanics and physics, you won’t feel lost.

This was a very fast, fun read. We get to follow the lives of three kids from across the world, under vastly different environments, that come together under one mission. There’s mystery, action, and thrills.

Pretty much almost all of the books that I come across surround revolutions with a military purpose, but not this book. I really liked how the motivation for this was a fight for the right to knowledge. It was a different plot that was nice to see play out.

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. It was a unique storyline with more exciting thrills than I thought. It is prodigies meets revolution where smart kids begin to play dirty. Definitely a thrill to read. If you want to read something unique in the YA community, this is your story.

The concept of the Game was interesting. Smart kids battle in a competition put on by the largest tech company. We get to see mental talents become put to the test. I enjoyed this part of the book. It felt like the smart version of the Hunger Games, but without all of the death.

More Book Information:

Published: 3 May 2016

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction / Thriller

Pages: 304

How I Read It: NetGalley eBook from Publisher

**Disclaimer I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I wasn’t asked or told to say any of the things in my review. It’s all honest**

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