Publisher: Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan)
"Knowledge expands freedom in all its forms. Knowledge breaks down walls. It liberates the oppressed. We are committed to knowledge. Knowledge as a hammer against classism, against sexism, against racism, against gender discrimination, against slavery, against bigotry, against war, against hatred. If there is darkness in the world, we will light it up."
Genius “The Game”
We are introduced to Rex, a coder, programmer, hacker, and the son of illegal Mexican immigrants; Tunde, an impoverished, self-taught Nigerian engineering prodigy; and Painted Wolf, a middle-class Chinese girl with a talent for uncovering government, and political corruption.
Each has their own reason for entering The Game. A competition which brings together 200 of the brightest computer geniuses, hosted by 18-year-old CEO Kiran Biswas Tunde is competing to win to make sure his village does not get destroyed by an evil Nigerian Military Warlord. Rex is competing to find clues about his brother who disappeared, and he needs a quantum computer. Painted Wolf attends the game because she has a hunch that Kiran is doing something illegal. The contestants are competing for, what? I have no idea because the scenes involving The Game were anti-climactic. The book does get better once something dramatic happens but that is not until the end of the book. Minor flirting happening between Painted Wolf, and Rex. Genius: The Game ends on a cliff hanger which was a no go for me. The sequel Genius: The Con will be published August 2017.
I didn’t really know what to think of this book, it was written in computer code on most pages. I did not learn how to write code from this book unfortunately. I appreciated the diversity amongst the different characters. The cultural differences were shown, and respected. The diversity was refreshing, every character has their own struggle but were able to help each other overcome their issues. The innocence of their friendship is refreshing, you have three friends who bond over the love of computers. I did love how each character was able to have their own point of view. Jessica's Rating 3.5/5