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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 crBoy-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?...

Title : The Genius Wars
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ISBN : 9780152066192
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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The Genius Wars Reviews

  • Jessica
    2018-11-01 18:51

    I initially enjoyed this book, thinking that there was going to be more installments of the series later on. However, I've just learned that Catherine Jinks is NOT going to be writing any more of these books, which has left me confused. She believes that she tied up all the loose ends, but I completely disagree. Leaving the series like this seems irresponsible to me as Cadel is left in almost the exact same position he was in at the beginning of the book: unable to trust anyone, always looking over his shoulder in case Prosper English is there. As is made abundantly clear in both this and the previous books, Prosper English is never to be underestimated, and he has a bad habit of surviving when all the odds are against him. So, I am left thoroughly dissatisfied with Jinks' ending.I also came to dislike Cadel in this book. Up to this point, I was okay with how his character had progressed. Although he does have a rather significant ego, he was always kept in check by those who had a better perspective on the situation. But in this book, he somehow gets it into his head that he's the only one who can possibly take down Prosper English, which means to him that no one else can or should do anything that will help, for some reason. But despite all the efforts of him and everyone else, Prosper English still ends up with the upper hand, and it's only because of a freak act of nature that Prosper doesn't win in the end. It just seems a bit ridiculous that, once again, Cadel is saved by sheer coincidence.I'm also told by my husband, who is a professional software developer, that many of the computer terms and methods employed by Cadel are either outdated, incorrect, or just plain impossible. I didn't pick up on it myself, since I don't know much about how computers work behind the scenes, but he picked up on it instantly, and it drove him insane. So, just a word of caution to anyone who knows anything about computers: these may not be the books for you if such things bother you. This really made be lose respect for Jinks, too, because she claims she consulted a math and computer professional about everything she includes in the book, but clearly she did not have anyone double-check her facts.Despite all this, though, I did enjoy Jinks' writing style, as usual, and the fast-paced, unpredictable nature of the story. If you've liked the previous Genius books, it's worth it to read this one to round out the series.

  • Rad
    2018-10-17 17:33

    1. NOT ENOUGH SONJA2. MORE SONJA3. You have to wonder, at this point, if Cadel is ever going to be okay again. I wish Catherine Jinks would write a new trilogy about Cadel's next ten years in therapy coping with his feelings for Prosper AND the fact that he's totally in love with SONJA4. NEEDS MOOOOORE SONJA PLEEEEEASE5. Not as exhilarating as the others? Not quite as fast-paced. Still really fast-paced, though, I think I finished this faster than I finished Mockingjay, another third in a series.6. Saul and Fiona are such good parents. I was so happy for Cadel for a while.7. However, there wasn't nearly enough Sonja! 8. Possibly because there was too much Hammish?9. Also, WHAT THE HECK? Dot, Com, and Vee got caught so quickly? AND OFF-SCREEN?10. While I was reading the last couple chapters, an INCREDIBLY SMELLY GUY sat next to me on the streetcar. WORST SMELLING DUDE EVER. His smell was so distracting that I had to read sentences at least two times in order for them to sink into my mind. I was like, "Gazo? Is that you?"11. SOOOOOOOONJA12. How much do I love that Cadel says, "Oh shit"? My armspan is like five feet. So, that much.You can probably guess who my favorite character is. She really didn't show up as much as I wanted her to, though.Oh, and 13. THAT LAST LINE. The ending felt pretty abrupt, but I think that might be one of my FAVORITE last lines of all time.Way better than, "SO WE BEAT ON, BACKS AGAINST THE CURRENT ... BLAH BLAH JAZZ AGE."

  • Kirstyn
    2018-10-30 19:47

    "Cadel began to cry like someone whose heart was breaking." Oh dear Cadel, I know how you feel. My heart broke when I realised I was on the last line of the last page of the last chapter of the last book in this series. My pain was so great my eyes actually began to tear up when I realised this is the last I will ever read of Cadel. Catherine Jinks is an amazing author. There are so many good things about this series and so few bad things. It is not something that can be described with words. I love these books. I wish i had discovered them earlier in my life so I could've read them five times by now. Anyone who reads should read this series.

  • Adela
    2018-10-17 17:36

    This wasn't a war, it was more of an attack. It also wasn't very good. From the beginning, where Cadel (who has sworn not to lie ever again) tells himself they won't mind that he's doing all this lying really and he sure is glad he's left his old way of life behind him. To the middle where he's really kind of annoying. To the end, where he's just really stupid and the author leaves it wide open. Very unnecessarily. When there's a fourth installment of this trilogy, I don't intend to read it. And the weird looking kid on the covers? Does he say "cherubic" and "angelic" face to you? No. So they should have gotten a better artist for the cover.

  • Steph
    2018-11-12 16:48

    Wow.... just, wow.Such a thrilling end to Cadel's tale. I'll admit, Genius Squad was fairly low-key until the last quarter of the book when things picked up and became more exciting; however, Catherine Jinks completely made up for the lack of action in The Genius Wars, which is jam-packed full of it.Jinks has a really original way of weaving subtle hints and distracting subplots throughout these books to the point of where you really aren't sure of which characters you can trust and which you can't; in fact, I'm surprised that she manages to keep up with her own plot. However, upon tying everything up at the end, it becomes clear that she's had a firm handle on everything the whole way through, though I have no idea how on earth she'd managed it!And WHAT an ending. I won't spoil it for those who haven't read it, but it was truly a unique way to end the series, and I'm still trying to digest it.Very highly recommended.

  • Kaelyn
    2018-10-22 16:31

    To be honest, I didn't really enjoy The Genius Wars. It wasn't what I expected and it wasn't as great as the other previous books of this trilogy. The only good part of this book was that we got to see another side of Prosper English. We got to see him break down from his former genius and into his crazed, almost devolved self. This was probably the only appealing detail of this book for me. There were many things that made this book terrible. Yes, terrible. I scarcely ever say a book is terrible, and this time it's not the subject matter that bothered me. It's how the story is given to the reader. Cadel became annoying about midway through the book. He continued to think about Prosper English and how to stop him and scarcely reflected on other things. It became almost redundant. Not once did he stop and think that maybe the police could handle Prosper. There was no character development whatsoever. Hell, anything that he gained from the second book backtracked into this obsessive, I-can-only-do-this Cadel. It was obnoxious and I nearly put the book down because of this. Another annoying aspect of this book was when Catherine Jinks continued over and over about the surveillance. I understand that it was a huge part of the story, but I felt like she hammered in the point about a thousand times and it was annoying to no end. Having Cadel have to remind all the adults in the story how to avoid being detected and being paranoid about every camera in sight was bothersome and I feel like he should have figured something out so that he wouldn't be as paranoid, if only to give the reader a break from Cadel's paranoid babbling. There were also less interesting characters. You basically had the same cast of characters as the second book, which would have been fine if they had been used. I feel like, having dealt with many different, interesting characters in the first book, that being isolated to just Cadel in the third book was boring, especially when he was just being paranoid the whole time and trying to solve things that the police might have helped him with. Having a few new actually engaging characters might have sweetened the pot. The plot didn't really do it for me as it did in the other two. I expected a fast paced, action packed book, but it really wasn't as exciting as the first two. I really had to force myself to read and it just felt slow. I feel like some of this was Cadel's paranoia. Another issue I had with the plot was that the characters that did recur and that could have had an interesting part to play in the plot weren't used, or were barely used. Niobe's assassination attempts could have helped quicken the plot. Com and Dot could have been used more. Sonja and Hamish could have been used more. The plot was underwhelming and just a disappointment to me after reading the former two books.Finally, I didn't really like the end. I think Jinks could have added a few more chapters on why Cadel had a sudden change of heart, of which I won't go into as I don't want to spoil anything. She didn't really wrap up loose ends, which was frustrating. It wouldn't have been a big deal if there were going to be more books in this series, but there aren't, so reading the ending was a huge let down. If anything, even if it didn't tie up the loose ends, Cadel's reactions to the past events could have been expanded to give it a halfway satisfying ending. This book was just a huge disappointment for me. I do not recommend this book, although if you have read the first two, then I suppose you should read it so that you can get the rest of the story. Just be forewarned that it isn't as good as the first two. Don't set yourself up for disappointment.

  • Samuel Sylvester
    2018-10-26 15:52

    Truthfully, I was dissatisfied with the ending. And come to think of it the entire book.I think the big problem was nothing really happened. I was expecting, well,Genius Wars. There was no warring. We basically ran around screaming "Prosper is coming, Prosper is going to kill us".I understand the panic. I mean after all, Prosper is one scary guy (props for great character design) to have coming for you. But at the same time, enough is enough. The entire book seemed monotonous. We worried, then got attacked, then were told that everything was going to be fine, then worried that everyone couldn't handle it alone, then helped (probably illegally), then got scolded for helping and reassured that everything was going to be alright, then worried a little more, then used our super-smarts to save our self, then followed some leads, started to feel bad about ourselves as people were getting hurt, then snapped out of it and followed another lead (success!) Then used our smarty-ness to solve a puzzle (more success!) and then failure, then lead number one paid off, then tried to help with the investigation without permission, upsetting the grown-ups. Then we were attacked again and decided that we had to take matters into our own hands, and we had to do it alone because people we cared about were getting hurt in the crossfire. Ran away and took matters into our own hands without the restrictions of legality. Success! Then got attacked again. Worried enough to throw up. More illegal actions but boy, do they get results or what! Busted! Reproach. Follow one of our closest leads. This is it people! We're so close to catching Prosper. The rest of this scenario is a spoiler, and will be treated as such.(view spoiler)[ Enter possible domain of Prosper, Search search search...Huh, Walls look funny... Bam!! Prosper is outside! PANIC!!! WAIT! HE'S IN A SECRET PASSAGE INSIDE THE WALLS! THE FOOTAGE IS FAKE! Gasp. You were there all the time! You didn't attack me?? Wait...LIAR!!The following is a revised version of the last two-three chapters of the bookCadel: You tried to kill me!Prosper: Did not, I swear. Let me raise a valid point.Cadel: True, I see your point.Prosper: Now be a good hostage and help me get out of here ok? If you don't, I'll shoot you.Cadel: Ok fine. Nothing I can do at the moment.Prosper: Says something exasperated and slips up.Cadel: Gasp! You did try to kill me!Prosper: Alright fine. I did. But it was for your own good. You weren't happy.Cadel: Oh my gosh. You're jealous of my family! Prosper: Am not! And don't test me, I've been trapped underground for months and am a little crazy.Cadel: Are too!Prosper: *Rants in crazed defensive manner that proves it.*Cadel: *Struggles to escape*Prosper:*Struggles to thwart escape*Escape boat capsizes and Cadel looses consciousness... Cadel: Wait, how did I get to land?? (hide spoiler)]The story proceeds to wrap up in mere pages and ends sharply. (view spoiler)[ Cadel: He saved me from drowning because he loves/loved (he might not be dead) meee! *Bursts into tears* (hide spoiler)]BAM!! The End!So unfulfilling . -_-So no, I did not like Genius Wars. With an ending like that we required either an epilogue or a book four. So that's it. Didn't really enjoy it.

  • Candy Jackson
    2018-10-29 11:31

    Have you ever tried to hide from one of the most dangerous people in the world? The genre of my book is realistic fiction because it could really happen.I think its cool how the kids use computer and street to provide for themselves and use street smarts to hide from a antagonist Prosper English they use lots of resources to do what they had to do,they were hacking into computer networks,security networks and even internet networks its pretty cool.I think its fascinating how children can do so many things with what we learn in school technology is the key to the world and its kinda funny how older people say we rot our brains with technology but really technology is going to save the world one day. The summary of this story a group of kids had put a very bad person in jail in the previous book then the year after they found out he broke out of jail. Back to the story the kids use their smarts to hide from the villain mentioned earlierProsper English. They feared he was after them which i am sure he was. and they did there best to avoid in the end it was concluded with death. When he caught them hiding. overall the story line was amazing and it really tied up. I recommend this book for anyone. The Major theme in the story is determination the kids were determined to find and stay at a safe place. In the story they try to hack in the security networks around the My strongest opinion on this story is very strong and healthy and i really think you should read this amazing book. I think this book is so amazing because its starts off so fast and ties up into other elements in the story and in the story they use security networks to find a place to stick with while hiding. In the story you get no input on the location in which the story took place. The characters are in a conflict of person vs person because they are against a single after them and are willing to do anything to avoid him (PROSPER ENGLISH) and so that ended in ones death. This book has an amazing storyline that took turns at really intense times its just amazing.I rate this book a 3.5 because its was kinda boring just having to hide and being boring I think the book in badly written.I regimen this book for people who like a long adventure that is important for someone's life. The book is a great way to know what it feels like to hide from someone a long periodically time

  • Timothy Collins
    2018-10-19 18:47

    Oh, Cadel -- why won't trouble leave you alone? Very enjoyable book with a very, very abrubt and rather open-ended ending. Jinks has claimed that this is the end of the series, but I believe that the end will leave every reader sort of questioning whether more is to come or not. More of what you have come to expect from this series, action-packed in parts and hacking-packed in others. I'm neither a hacker nor genius, so I am unsure as to the amount of realism that comes from the series. I've read a number of reviews that portray Cadel as a very unsympathetic character, but I do not get that feeling. Rather, I feel Cadel is a perfectly realistic character with major issues stemming from his past, yet trying to move past these. Overall, I think this series is quite the page turner.

  • Coyora Dokusho
    2018-11-16 17:42

    It was so good. Despite a very shallow acquaintance with computer science, I wasn't overwhelmed by the jargon and it was worked in seamlessly. Throughout the series, I really treasured the way that Cadel's interactions with Sonja were treated. The disability wasn't played down, or played up or romanticized or stereotyped - it just was. I really want to know what happens later. An epilogue chapter, a short story ten years later, I'd gladly take another book, but I'm dying to know how it all works out for Cadel.I cried at the end.

  • Chuck
    2018-11-07 11:35

    OK, I am a glutton for punishment I suppose. Although I doubted I would continue with this series after the first book, I did get and read the second and then this third book. Bottom line: this - particularly the ending - is the least satisfying of all the books in my opinion. The characters are not very engaging and there's more than a bit of truth to Kale's characterization of Cadel as a "megalomaniac" and for a "genius" he falls quite easily into Prosper's trap.

  • Mary Kirkpatrick
    2018-10-20 12:36

    It took me a good time to finish this one, but the events were very interesting, and kept me going. I also was anxious to find the fate of our beloved Cadel, his new friends and family, and OF COURSE, the man who raised him. Thaddeus Roth/Prosper English. Prosper is absolutely my favorite character of the series, and his ending left me stunned. The last page.... Left me screaming. Cadel... Oh my. You'll see, dear readers, you shall see.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-11-05 13:25

    I wish I could rate this higher. I liked it. But for the final book in an AWESOME series, it was a disappointment. Things were too rushed, and there wasn't a satisfying conclusion. There were still plenty of suspense, and some humor, but I just wanted more! I still look forward to reading more of Catherine Jinks' books.

  • tampa
    2018-11-06 18:42

    *Three and a half stars* This book seemed a little haphazardly thrown together compared to the first two books, which were both amazing. I felt a little like Jinks was ready to be done with this series before she started the final book. Still, she managed to deliver a good story and she even made me cry! :/

  • Askaniblue
    2018-11-15 13:45

    One of the worst endings I've ever read. Hands down. Stay away. Finish the second book, imagine a resolution, and move on with your life.I really enjoyed the first ones. The overall concept was unique and I loved that Cadel actually had real problems from his childhood of abuse (something that a lot of author's skip). And he grew from that abuse to someone who was always improving, though still retained the echos of that trauma. Then... this book happened.As others have said, Cadel's development stops completely and then slides backwards. The best I can say about this book is that it's repetitious and fails at capitalizing on anything that could have helped that (like Niobe reappearing). The cast is almost nonexistent, and most of what you get is Cadel's internal, paranoid rambling. But all that just makes the book bad, it's the ending that makes it horrible. (view spoiler)[The plot is basically that after an entire life of being abused by Prosper, Cadel finally has a family who loves him and real friends. Prosper then reappears and makes attempts to kill basically everyone. Cadel races to try and stop him and in the end realizes that Prosper is doing it all because he "loves" him (much the way an abusive stalker psychopath "loves" their victim) and believes that by attacking him he's "freeing" Cadel of his dull life. And in the end, Prosper escapes. Poof.So Cadel will never be free. Those he loves will always have laser sights on them. Even going to a deserted island won't stop it, because Prosper will hurt his loved ones to draw him back out. In so far as I can tell, the only option Cadel has is suicide. Literally.And the book ends with Cadel crying because... he's moved by Prosper's love for him? Like Stockholm syndrome? I don't know. I really don't. It's awful and pointless and confusing (and probably pretty traumatic for any reader that's been abused/stalked). (hide spoiler)]The ending was also so abrupt and so... completely insane that I literally checked to see where the pages had stuck together. That's how bad this was. Nothing is resolved. NOTHING. Take a book, any book, tear out the last 50 pages and that's the sort of resolution you've got in this train wreck. I hate this book so much, that at 1 am, after finishing this one, I pulled all the Genius books off my shelf and dumped them into the hall. They're not going to the used book store. I'm throwing them away. No one should be subjected to them.

  • SundanceAnn
    2018-10-29 14:26

    WOW. What a good book and a good ending to the series. The last few pages caught me by surprise. It was an unexpectedly emotional ending. In a good way.Despite being the shortest book in the trilogy, THE GENIUS WARS tied up in unexpected, but very realistic and logical ways. There were some characters from previous books that surfaced, and it was interesting to see and learn more about them. I like how Jinks gives details about the characters I wouldn't think to ask, but doesn't overload with boring, unneccessary information.I'd say Jinks is weak on location and setting descriptions, but it kind of works in a weird way. I mean, she is telling the story through Cadel's eyes, and Cadel being a genius sees the world differently.Jinks was VERY STRONG on diverse characters and technical details. I'm afraid to comment on the characters too much because that's such a big topic that I feel strongly about. I'm afraid of ranting. Sometimes when I rant what I'm saying turns to gibberish. I'll just say Jinks did a great job with the characters and their motives.As far as the technicals go. DAMN. Jinks did some serious research. As I've said in notes and previous book reviews, I don't know much about computers and hacking, but this trilogy left me with a greater appreciation for both.I read all three books this weekend and was surprised to rate all of them 5 stars! They're better than what I remember. That or my tastes have changed. Either way, I recommend them:)

  • Liz Vennum
    2018-11-11 11:28

    Perhaps not QUITE as good as Genius Squad, but still good. Prosper's motivation got kinda lost, didn't make sense anymore. Not enough Sonya, she's great, she was just furniture in this book. Gazo was probably the best character in this book.

  • 710Sebastiano
    2018-10-27 16:33

    the best so far absolutely loved it but it was sad

  • David M
    2018-10-31 12:44

    Cadel is a very interesting child who knows a lot, and is smarter than most adults. This is a very good book.

  • Robin
    2018-10-23 17:32

    After being groomed from childhood to become a supervillain bent on world domination, Cadel Greeniaus, formerly Cadel Piggott, is just trying to blend in and live a normal life. He goes to computer programming classes at the University of New South Wales, as if he hasn't already achieved fiendish levels of hacking skills. He lives in a little weatherboard house with the foster parents who are trying to adopt him. And he refuses even to think about having anything to do with the global manhunt for Prosper English, the criminal mastermind who raised him. He figures that if he keeps his nose clean, Prosper won't have any reason to try to kill him. Again.But then Prosper turns up on a bunch of CCTV cameras in Sydney. What is he up to? Cadel can't stay out of it now, because the tweed-jacketed creep might be targeting him. This impression grows into a certainty when Cadel survives several attempts on his life, each of which ends up injuring someone he cares about. What makes these attacks especially fiendish is that they are all being triggered by remote control, using internet connections and bluetooth devices in diabolically clever ways. With CCTV cameras everywhere, and many of them connected to the internet, Cadel can hardly stir outside his house without being recognized by a biometric program. Home appliances, the controls on his friend Sonja's wheelchair, traffic control devices, and even the trajectory of a city bus can all become weapons in the hands of a brilliant programmer. Somehow, somewhere, Prosper must be behind it.Cadel soon realizes that there can be no escaping the death warrant Prosper has issued for him. The police can't protect him, even with his adoptive father on the force. His former associates from the Genius Squad can no longer be counted on, as he learns in a terrifying incident of a basement slowly filling with cement. His only chance is to disappear off the grid and take control of the hunt for Prosper English himself. He struggles with his conscience as he does this, knowing that as he uses the skills he learned at the Axis Institute for World Domination, each step he gains on Prosper also brings him a step closer to becoming like him. And just when he seems to be on the point of getting his guy, the trap springs and the guy gets him instead.When Prosper turns the tables on Cadel, it should come as no surprise to those who have followed the Genius trilogy so far. Always with him it's plans within plans, secrets within secrets, tricks within tricks, traps within traps. If I say any more, I risk spoiling the surprises that remain—such as, how Prosper does it, and exactly how deep his evil plan goes. And in the final crisis, we remember once again that Cadal is just a small, gentle, vulnerable boy, a boy whose fear and danger bring out the protective instincts of all the good people who know him. Including you.Catherine Jinks' other series of books for children and teens include the "Pagan" quartet (named after its main character, medieval hero Pagan Kidrouk), beginning with Pagan's Crusade; a quartet called "Allie's Ghost Hunters," beginning with Eglantine; the ongoing "City of Orphans" trilogy, whose first book is either A Very Unusual Pursuit or How to Catch a Bogle, depending on where you live; and the "Reformed Vampires/Abused Werewolves" series, which I think will grow into at least a trilogy. Some of her many magical, spooky, or speculative stand-alone titles are Witch Bank, Eye to Eye, The Paradise Trap, and most recently, Saving Thanehaven.

  • Grace
    2018-11-09 19:35

    SummaryCadel is a 15 year old progeny of an evil genius. Now that he's free of his evil genius mentor, Cadel has been living a normal suburban life, with a normal suburban family, going to a normal university with normal responsibilities. Cadel loves it right up until his mentor, Prosper English, comes out of hiding and starts trying to kill him, his friends, and his family. One by one as his friends and family end up severely hurt in the hospital, Cadel comes to the tough realisation that he has to do something quicker than the speed of bureaucracy. He takes off to end things with Prosper, freeing himself, once and for all.Characters I normally have a problem or two with the characters in YA books. They are generally unrealistic, and the circumstances they are thrown into are hard to swallow. However, not so with this book. Jinks does a masterful job of setting up a backstory to explain why Cadel is able to do amazing things at the youthful age of 15 years. After all, Jinks mentioned how his training with an evil genius began when he was merely a toddler. You're bound to pick up a trick or two even at that young age, making the learning curve much, much better. Cadel isn't a flat character, either. In the beginning he's careful, happy, and quite relieved to be free of his upbringing. When all the action starts happening, Cadel struggles with changing back into old habits. Even at the end, when the drama is highest, Cadel is still struggling with his identity between being a minion and being the kind of person he wants to be. There are a metric crap tonne of secondary and tertiary characters. I couldn't keep them all straight, to be honest with you. There are a core of secondary characters, then there are others that are introduced for a few pages in this book. I've not read them, but I'll work under the assumption that these scattered characters have shown up in the first two books. StoryI don't often read books that have technology in the centre of their story plot. This one has hackers as both the antagonist and hero. It is quite refreshing, to say the least, to get a new type of story in that there aren't the usual love interests, paranormal this or that, unrealistic scenarios, or anything else of the sort. I can actually believe this story is possible, and that makes it all the more fun. Some key features of this story that make it worth reading are:1.) It's action packed. I didn't find it to keep me up at night until the last two chapters, but I also went back to it ASAP when I could. 2.) The story is modern. There aren't any truly outrageous things in it, making it believable. Sometimes that's just a nice change from your paranormal fare that's pushed out there lately. 3.) Hackers. Who doesn't love a story with good and bad hackers?4.) It makes you think. It isn't often when a few paragraphs in a story make you think. This one has the ideas that "by any means necessary" and "the end justifies the means" have both good and bad points, and we have to be aware of what kind of person we are developing into when push comes to shove. NotesWhile this book was good, it wasn't great. The reason for that probably lies in the fact that I was asked to read and evaluate the third book in series, and I missed some stuff. It was rather confusing to have so many other characters that were never addressed for more than one scene, then discarded for the most part.

  • Emily
    2018-11-09 12:26

    WHHHHAAAATTTTTTT????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved this series but I'm having issues with the ending. First, if the FBI was so involved in tracking Rex Austin and Prosper English and if they knew everything about both of them, how did they not have enough sense to get a floor plan of Austin's LA mansion? Because that's like a gaping hole of a mistake to me. It really bothers me.Second, the ending is aggravating. It's so heartbreakingly sad and wonderful and aggravating that I don't know how to feel. Allow me to type the last paragraph of the novel for you. To set the scene: Cadel has been rescued from the sea but Prosper is nowhere to be found. Everyone assumes he's dead but Cadel isn't convinced. They haven't recovered Prosper's body and Cadel is almost positive that Prosper saved Cadel from the threatening waves."No thanks to Prosper," Judith added. "He didn't save you, Cadel. I mean, why on earth would he have done this?""Because he loved me," Cadel whispered. The words came unbidden; for an instant he thought that they'd simply crossed his mind and hadn't been uttered aloud. But then he heard Judith hiss, and Sonja squeak, and he realized that he must have spoken after all."You don't believe it because you don't understand," he said hoarsely."Prosper was different. He wasn't like other people. He might have hated me, but he loved me, too. In his own way. He couldn't help it; not after raising me for all those years." When no one responded-when he saw nothing but expressions of disbelief on the faces around him-Cadel wailed, "He did! He did! I know he did! He only wanted to wreck my life because he wasn't a part of it!"And as sympathetic hands reached out toward him from every corner of the car, Cadel began to cry like someone whose heart was breaking.Oh my gosh, Jinks! I think the weight of all that's happened to Cadel can be summed up in this final scene. The turbulent relationship that Cadel had with Prosper didn't sink in until I read this. To have someone in your life who can love you yet screw everything up isn't uncommon in life. True, in Cadel's case it was a criminal mastermind who was a ruthless liar and tried to kill Cadel on several occasions, but like Cadel said, "He couldn't help it." To be scared at the thought of someone still alive and out there yet heartbroken at the fact that he might be dead is one of those crazy mysteries of the human psyche. I'm trying to form the right words to express how I feel but all that's coming out is, "Wow," which doesn't do this series or situation justice. p.s. That last part about the hands reaching out reminds me of the Life Aquatic when Bill Murray and the gang are in the submarine and the jaguar shark is lurking nearby Murray says, "I wonder if he remembers me." Easily the most beautiful piece of cinema. But anyways, despite the problem I have with the whole floor plan scenario, this book was powerful and moving and I still have to give it 5 stars. Great job, Catherine Jinks, you've won my heart.

  • Michael Nettles
    2018-10-30 12:36

    I like it

  • Summer Lane
    2018-11-05 15:40

    It’s not enough to be a genius. For Cadel Piggot, boy genius and ex-student of evil at the Axis Institute, life has been a ridiculous maze of lies constructed by his fake father, a cunning mastermind named Prosper English. At just 15 years old Cadel finally has his first taste of normal living: friends, schoolwork and foster parents who love him. Too bad Prosper English is back in town, and unfortunately for Cadel, he’s intent on taking his surrogate son down in flames, or in wet cement, or in a car accident. In other words, Cadel is about to embark on yet another life-threatening adventure. Like the other Evil Genius books, this novel has a ton of action that is centered squarely in cyberspace, through hacking and espionage. If you don’t enjoy computer stuff, then this book isn’t for you. Fortunately, I love the computer lingo and the whole virtual element is something I find addictively entertaining. Yes, these novels fascinate me for some reason. When I read the first installment years ago, I was completely engrossed in the entire story. Seriously. I. Fell. In. LOVE. The idea of tying the cyber world into a book series is genius (no joke intended!). Catherine Jinks makes the most difficult and confusing computer lingo easy to understand. I loved every second of it. I was enthralled by Genius Squad a few years ago, and I finally got my hands on Genius Wars, which was fast-paced, mysterious and marvelous. I could read it all day – in fact, I did. There are few books that I enjoy so much that I could sing their praises all day long, but this is definitely one of them. P.S. I also read Jink’s novel, The Reformed Vampire Support Group, a couple of years ago and that is also a comedic, clever and entertaining read. Absolutely fantastic. Jinks has such a talent for creating wonderful characters and story worlds.

  • Mars
    2018-11-12 11:41

    It was about 4 years ago that I read the first two books, so I decided to reread them before tackling the third book. Now that I have a better background in computer science, I didn't take all the technical jargon for granted anymore. I questioned the validity of the technology, checking if Catherine Jinks knew what she was writing about. For the most part, she does.I wish there were different covers though. This cover portraying Cadel doesn't give much of an impression that The Genius Wars is a genuine mystery thriller.Despite wanting to read it in one sitting, I couldn't - I had stuff to do. And when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. Now top that with a few hours of sleep and caffeine (for someone like me with low tolerance to it), and my heart was physically aching from worry.The ending: I couldn't believe it at first. Maybe there was a misprint in my copy, I thought. So I go on to Google, and found this:So it isn't just me who was left unsatisfied by the ending. I went on to read the search results and stumbled on:(view spoiler)[(The image above links to the Y! Answers page). (hide spoiler)]He/she worded my reactions perfectly. The ending was beautiful - in the end, it was about Cadel feeling loved. That last line: I'm not crying, but it's like my heart is breaking (even though I'm partial to more definite conclusions) because of Cadel's realizations, and because this is the last book in the series. It's not everyday that the ending of a trilogy makes me feel like this. A 4.5/5.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Alina
    2018-10-28 14:47

    It had been a while since I read the previous two novel sin this series and while I didn't want to read them again, I didn't really need to in the end anyway. I remembered enough to understand most of the things happening with Cadel and his friends.I don't really have many thoughts on this book. I still don't like the name Cadel and always tried to read it as Cal in my head, but that's just a personal whimsy of mine. And while it did make things more authentic etc, I felt like a lot of the computer-talk just went right over my head, which of course, wasn't necessary to understand but is just something that bugs me.I did like Cadel's character, how he felt frustrated that Prosper English wouldn't leave him be and how only he would be able to stop the criminal and all his accomplices. But also how he started to question his own behaviour, not wanting to become like Prosper, the theme that existed over all three books and that reminded me a lot of Harry Potter and how in that world, it's not what you are but what you do that defines you. It was a nice conclusion to the trilogy with an open ending that leaves room for more of Cadel's adventures (though as a reader, you should probably hope for Cadel that he will never have to deal with any of that stuff ever again). It might not have been as good as the other two, but since it's been so long since I've read them anyway, I can't really say much about it, though I did feel that the premise of the series had a bit more potential than the final product delivered.

  • Carlyn Brody
    2018-11-14 12:47

    The Genius Wars is a book that I have put off reading for a whole year because I was too “busy” to read it. I finally read the book. The Genius Wars is the last book in the Genius trilogy. It is the story of a Sydney teenager named Cadel who is a child prodigy who is especially good at computer hacking as well as strategizing. Cadel has a mentor named Prosper English who is a criminal mastermind who wants Cadel to dominate the world. I don’t want to reveal too much of the story because it’s an interesting one that you should read yourself. There are lot of twists and turns that I don’t want to reveal. The writing is strong and detailed and you’ll end up feeling like you really know Cadel. I would say that you ought to start from book one (Evil Genius) because Genius Wars just continues along with the stories from other two books without much exposition. After reading all three books, I would say the first book is the best because you get to read about Cadel growing up from babyhood to adolescence and there are some mysteries in his life that are later revealed. The only criticism that I have is that sometimes the story is a little bit too ridiculous at times and Cadel is a bit of cry baby. I have picked Leonard Nimoy’s autobiography, I am Spock as my new book to read. I am still reading Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Piccoult too and I am almost halfway through the story. It’s a bit of a sad story so I thought it would be good to balance out the sadness with something humorous which is I decided to read I am Spock.

  • Landree Rennpage
    2018-11-03 15:47

    There were certain things that I was expecting when I read this one: bad things would happen and Cadel and Sonja's relationship would develop and grow. Bad things happened, in abundance, but they happened to the good guys, and to Sonja! And Sonja was not in a good percentage of the book! And, if you grow to love Cadel and his friends, as I did over the course of the series, you'd know that this is not something that Cadel could take lying down. Especially if it happened to his beloved friend Sonja! It seems to be a common trope for the hero to go through such a right of passage: strip all his friends and resources from that hero and see how he will react to his circumstances. And it is such a wonderful development in the series and his character that Cadel is the hero in the fullest and truest sense: doing the right thing even when others are screaming for him to do just the opposite. The only thing that I missed was from this book versus the first two was the wonderful rapport of Cadel and Sonja, since I didn't get to hear too many of their conversations or of his wonderful treatment of her. But this absence didn't detract from the book, since her influence was readily seen in the actions Cadel took to save them all and rid the world of Prosper English. Overall, I loved this book and I loved this series. To Catherine Jinks: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE WRITE MORE EVIL GENIUS BOOKS! I WILL READ THEM ALL! YOUR WRITING IS FUNNY AND ENTERTAINING AND YOUR CHARACTERS ARE SOME OF THE BEST EVER!

  • Joseph
    2018-10-22 17:31

    'The Genius Wars' is the third and concluding novel of Catherine Jinks Genius Trilogy (which started with 'Evil Genius' followed by 'Genius Squad') and as such it follows the life of Cadel Piggot, now Cadel Greeniaus. A master programmer and computer whiz-kid, Cadel has moved from the clutches of one crook to another until finally he is rescued and he's living a semi-normal life for the first time in his short 15 or so years of life. However, when Prosper English, whose out hunting for Cadel's life, is spotted in Sydney this all changes and Cadel is once again thrust into the world of cyber crime, subterfuge all in a race to find Prosper before Cadel is killed.'The Genius Wars' follows rather rigidly to the master plot line Jinks uses in 'Evil Genius' and 'Genius Squad' which makes it perhaps a little too easy to foresee the events unfolding in the novel. However, despite this Jinks displays a mastery over her own style and language that makes reading it just as suspense-filled and page-turning as her previous installments. Although this book is perhaps belonging to a niche of readers interested in the volatile cocktail of action, adventure, science-fiction and mystery, the tone of the novel and wonderfully crafted characters make this a book that will appeal to all readers.I certainly recommend it but I would advice reading the previous installments before picking up 'Evil Genius' :)

  • Andrew Olsen
    2018-11-07 12:32

    It Comes to and EndThis is the final book in what I would call the Evil Genius trilogy, it is titled Genius Wars. The title comes across a little off beat because there is a war but not one we often think of, it is a battle of wits between Cadel and Prosper. The story follows the main character Cadel as he tries to thwart his once father an almost cartoonish super villain who is trying to kill him.It explores many different themes including that of a child growing up without knowing who their parents are and having to create their own concept of family. The constant need to disprove he is not the product of evil without doing evil is evident as well. It is the on going struggle to break a bond with a destructive father figure and attach to a positive one while battling complex issues of trust. This is a coming of age story that ends in quite a surprising fashion.It is well written and highlights a weakness in our ever on going need to make everything online. It is a silent villain created by man that is more vulnerable than we like to admit.It is paced well for a young adult novel. It moves quick and doesn't get over complicated.I would recommend this book that enjoys a good story that uses the technical side of issues of an online society coupled with an orphaned child trying to find his way in life. The ending was surprising but fitting. Definitely a book series that I would want to read again.