Genius: The Game, by Leopoldo Gout
About the author…
Leopoldo Gout is the producer behind many films including Days of Grace, which A.O. Scott of the New York Times called “a potent and vigorous film.” He is also a writer, artist, and filmmaker. Leopoldo is currently involved in various film and television projects including major adaptations of the Alex Cross series, with the author James Patterson and the upcoming film adaption of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.
Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1SQCm5v
All about the book…
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-This14-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.
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Cover Rating: 4 Thumbs Up! (It’s shiny in person!)
My Thoughts: This book took me by surprise in the best way possible. I had never read anything like it and I wasnt sure I would enjoy it because I don’t know much of anything about coding, hacking or engineering. The good news is you don’t need to! So if any of you have reservations for the same reasons I did then forget them and go get this book!
The story line was fast, there weren’t any slow points for me and I read through it quickly. I also found it to be very engaging, even though the level of tech talked about is way above me. The author did an excellent job of describing it so I could understand and then it proceeded to sink its hooks in. I couldn’t stop reading, I had to know what happened next! By the end I have to admit the subject matter really pulled me in, I was fascinated by these young geniuses and their innovation. And maybe more than a little jealous.
This is a multiple view-point story which was, in my opinion, done right. Each character had a unique voice and interesting dynamic. I also loved their different cultural backgrounds, it was something unique that I don’t read often. Painted Wolf was my hero, of course. She is so bold and gutsy, but of course I relate more to Rex, except I have trouble with html so forget code. The friendship they shared with Tunde was such a crucial part of the story and it didn’t feel contrived, it felt very real.
I wasnt expecting the ending at all! It was such a cliff hanger, it actually reminded me of the way a film might finished if it was part of a series. Mid-action, lots of questions unanswered, leaving you on the edge of your seat… I’m telling you this is not a book to miss. It’s fresh, fun and action packed with some humor and just the right amounts of romance. This here is the full package and a beautiful cover to top it off!
Recommended For: I would really suggest this for anyone who likes action, or sci-fi, I think it would appeal to a wide range of readers. If you enjoy books like Enders Game or movies such as Die Hard or Oceans Eleven, where there is a problem solving element, then I think you would like this book.
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