Series: Genius #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on May 3rd, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult
Source: requested from publisher
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- 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.
Fun quick read! The pacing was quite fast, which I enjoyed. It almost read in a style of a movie, where the next clue or next plot point is dropped and the audience is taken along for the ride. I loved reading the challenges they had to do. Not knowing what they were talking about, I soon grew weary but nonetheless I was still curious and engaged in how they came to their answers. I love how the Game wasn’t even the main plot because each character had their own motive in helping others or their own family. I just thought that made it so much more interesting than having this game take over their lives. Because it showed how important other aspects of their young lives really are.
I love that whole set of POC characters are literally from all over the world. Even the side characters, where one of them is from the Philippines. That made me happy being Filipino after all. I had one sore point of the book and I couldn’t help but notice it. Out of the two main characters, Tundee was treated as well “different.” I don’t know if the broken English point of view was needed. Both Rex and Cai who are also people of colour did not have any broken English dialogue and thoughts so I don’t know why Tunde needed that either. Just because he’s from a village? Isn’t that a bit racist after all? I don’t know why he was just segregated like that. Maybe I’m just reading into it, but I didn’t like that niggly feeling I got when I kept seeing it.
There are also so many great quotes that I couldn’t help but pull. They were so memorable and I just thought they were much needed in our society today. The quote about the cure for cancer made me stop and think because even though I thought the same myself years ago, I was still taken aback it was in a fictional novel.
The Game is an intelligent and enthralling read for young and old readers alike! You’ll love how diverse the cast of characters are and how each have their own voice and story to tell.