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Evil Genius (Genius #1)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  6,343 ratings  ·  681 reviews
Cadel Piggot, a genius computer hacker, is living with his adoptive parents when he meets Thaddeus Roth, a psychologist who is supposed to cure him of his illegal hacking tendencies. But Thaddeus has a more sinister plan for Cadel. He introduces Cadel to Dr. Darkkon—a criminal mastermind who claims to be Cadel's biological father—and enrolls him in the mysterious Axis Inst ...more
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Published 2007 by Listening Library (first published January 1st 2005)
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Few pleasures are quite as sublime as reading a book, enjoying it, and only afterwards realizing that you're familiar with the author. Ask me who Catherine Jinks was before I read "Evil Genius" and you'd have met with a blank stare accompanied by some rapid-fire blinking. Only after I read and enjoyed her latest did I put two and two together. Catherine Jinks = "Pagan's Crusade" = Catherine Jinks = "Evil Genius"! The "Pagan" series is probably one of the best too little appreciated historical f ...more
Mary hoskins
This book is a book that I really liked and have no idea why. The plot was confusing, Cadel dressing up as a girl should have been weird, most of the characters at the school were disturbing, and yet I loved it. Admittedly the beginning leading into the middle was a bit boring, and I did skim read a little, but I found the end leaving me with that warm fuzzy feeling of "just right". Not many books do that.

I think what sold me was the character's development. The main character Cadel, who I was w
I'm not sure why I picked this audio book up, but I'm glad that I did. It was a lot of fun & the characterization of the main character, a child, was very well done. His motivations, extreme intelligence in some areas & complete blindness in others was excellent. It was quite an adventure, too.

The reader was perfect for me. Her accent & high voice fit the book well.

On the downside, the author obviously doesn't know much about computers & they are a major part of the story. Her te
Cadel Piggett is a smart boy with a genius IQ and loves computers of all kinds. He can hack into other systems and do other atrocious things and his psychiatrist Thaddeus is guiding him through life. When he finds out that his father is an evil criminal mastermind and runs a school for evil known as the Axis institute, he goes not knowing of his father's dark intentions. Can he stop his father's dark plans before it is too late? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good YA audiobo
Eh. It was ok, but it seemed like it might be too long and a bit boring in parts for the intended middle-grade audience. At least I think that's the intended audience.
Sort of reminded me of Artemis Fowl...but not as good. Still, I love the idea of an Evil Child Genius. There's a good chance I'll give the next book a shot for that reason alone.
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★ Jess
I picked up this book after a recommendation from a friend.
The one i picked up had the black cover-very enchanting, and a gripping blurb.
I read the first page (as i usually do when testing a book) it was gripping and very descriptive-so, i purchased the book.

The start was superb. Very visual-and the characters where very believable as well.
After really enjoying the first chapters, the story dragged on.
Some times there would be a very quick change, but then back to its dragging.
I must admit
Rick Cole
Did I like this book?: This book is unique. This book is very, very unique, like, I have never read a book quite like this one before, and I am very happy about that. I am a guy who normally likes the bad guys in books and movies better than the heroes because being evil is so much more fun. This book is about a special school designed to train villains. So yes, I liked this book a whole lot.

Summary: Again, as with all my reviews, this summary will be short and sweet in order to avoid major spoi
Cadel Piggott isn't your typical kid. For one thing, he's extremely gifted intelligence wise. And for another, he's the son of the evil Dr. Darkkon, who is being held in prison for various crimes.

When Cadel's adopted parents take him to see a psychologist following Cadel's attempts to illegally hack into various computer systems, Cadel falls under the influence of Dr. Thaddeus Roth. Unknown to his adoptive parents, Roth is actually part of Darkkon's league of evil and instead of helping Cadel w
Jean Tatro
Jun 14, 2009 Jean Tatro rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Dr. Horrible
Recommended to Jean by: Summer
This is a book I probably wouldn't have picked up on my own. Partly because I'm just not in the habit of giving books without plot blurbs much attention, and partly because I don't pay much attention to the YA section.

It was absolutely wonderful to read a book written on this level - this is seriously not a book for people who have trouble with simple html formatting, and technobabble (serious and humorous) abounds. The plot is solid and complex, and even when I felt like I had a grasp on what w
Apr 07, 2010 AH rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adult, boys
This is a book that boys would like. My husband was intrigued by the cover and the inside cover made him laugh. The bad guys are deliciously evil and our hero Cadel is just as bad.

Evil Genius is the story of Cadel Piggott. At a very young age, Cadel was able to hack into any computer system. He was an outsider, but studied human behavior and interactions. As a result, he developed a dating matchmaking site. He engineered the failure of his senior class at high school as well as the collapse of h
What. An. Amazing. Book.

Seriously, I finished this book after feverishly reading it for about three days, and I just sat there thinking about it for about two hours before I could go to sleep. It was brilliant.

Character development, amazing plotlines and twists, brilliant originality... all things that went into Evil Genius. I spent today driving around to multiple bookshops to try and find the sequel, but so far I've only found the third in the series and I'm DYING TO READ IT!

Highly, HIGHLY rec
Wow, completely forgot I read this, but that cover brought it all flooding back. I must have read it when I was about 14, and I remember feeling kinda poor to neutral about the book. I think half the trouble was that I found the main character both annoying and uninteresting, up until he makes a new, way cooler friend. I also remember the main character going to some "School for Young Crime Lords and Ladies" where he meets other evil geniuses, but the bulk of his time there must have been pretty ...more
I can't be bothered wasting my time with this book. I'm a fan of evil, but this story hasn't done anything for me at all. This book dragged on too much and I don't have the patience for it; too many other books out there to read, so I won't waste my time on a book I'm not enjoying.
In the book Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks the theme is that with hard work anything is possible. This book takes place Australia, the home of a seven year old boy genius named Cadel. Caden's foster parents are worried about him because they have received multiple calls from his school about him hacking into their computers. His foster parents decide to take him to a therapist, named Thaddeus, who Cadel begins having private meetings with. Thaddeus then sets Cadel up with video conferences with ...more
Stuff I Read - Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks Review

I thought I knew what I was getting into when I picked up this book. There's a manga I've seen, Hollow Fields, that has basically the same (what I presumed was the) premise, that there's basically a school for evil geniuses. That's what I got from the synopsis and the inside cover and so that's what I was prepared for, something fast and with lots of explosions. Now don't get me wrong, there were explosions, but this book sets up a much slower
Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks is a fictional story that I would highly recommend to anyone who likes books with slower plots but more complex characters. I would definitely rate this book five stars! The main character in Evil Genius is a young boy named Cadel Piggot. Cadel is a computer genius, and at a very young age, he is capable of creating so much mayhem with his unusual skills that the police refer his foster parents (the Piggots) to Thaddeus Roth, a child psychologist. During Thaddeus a ...more

Cadel ist eigentlich ein ganz normaler Junge, der aber einige Eigenschaften hat, die man für genial hält: Er knackt selbst die verschlüsselsten Portale und hackt sich die die Daten großer Firmen. Seine Eltern erkennen sein Potential, haben aber Angst, er findet sich in der normalen Welt damit nicht zurecht. Aus diesem Grund schicken sie ihn auf das AXIS Institut, wo er in diversen Unterrichtsthemen ausgebildet werden soll. Mit nur einem Ziel: Cadel soll nach Abschluss seiner Ausbildung di
Not for me. Other people seem to love this book, but I couldn't get myself to care very much at any time over the several arduous days it took me to complete this novel. Were I not reading the title for an assignment, I would have given up.

The first 200 pages are incredibly tedius. The narrative was descriptive and detailed, but boring to me. It wasn't particularly clever or especially intriguing. It felt like standard fare and the effort put into explaining every detail weighed down the story.
Nicolas Healey
I first started reading this a couple of years ago, when I was only about 9 or 10. I stopped before I got too far however, not because it was too hard for me, but it touched on topics such as social exclusion, sex, and, well, pure evil. Being 9, I went back to my copy of Artemis Fowl.

But just now over the summer, while in the Czech Republic on holiday, I picked this book up again, and I am so glad I did. The actual quality of writing is not amazing; there are no Tolkien-like descriptions or Sali
Sanel Basic
Thirteen year old genius Cadel Piggott lives in Sydney (Australia) with his distracted parents. Unfortunately, his advanced intellect makes it hard for him to understand how other people think, and he has no social skills, so he spends his time in corners by himself. Bored out of his skull, Cadel quite naturally gets into some mischief (in this case some computer hacking), by causing mass transit and such. As a result, he's taken to see a psychologist, who, treats him like an adult. The psycholo ...more
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Cadel Piggott doesn’t really fit in. His genius IQ and his peculiar obsessions seem strange to his classmates. He’s not a malicious child, but his boredom drives him to challenge himself by hacking into computers and designing intricate pranks. It doesn’t help that his parents are constantly busy and don’t spend any time with him. The only person who really seems to care about Cadel is Dr. Thaddeus Roth, his psychologist. Thaddeus even encourages Cadel’s o
Darien Munden

Cadel Piggott is a boy with a baby face who has an IQ that's off the charts. His parents, excuse me, his adopted parents, refuse to let him have access to a computer because he loves hacking into government systems and messing with encrypted databases. Cadel has always wondered who is real parents are, but no matter how hard he looks it seems like any information on them is impossible to find. That is until his adopted parents take him to meet a therapist, Dr. Thaddeus Roth. Fr
Evil Genius starts out simply enough and we are introduced to Cadel Piggot, a seven year old genius who has a habit of dismantling his adoptive parents’ security system, hacking into high-security computer networks and bill pay services. This unusual behavior lands Cadel in trouble with the law. As a result, he is referred to Dr. Thaddeus Roth, a well-known psychologist for troubled kids.


Dr. Thaddeus Roth, being an out of the ordinary psyc
Maybe I don't really want to give this a 5, but maybe I do, especially since I've been in the throes of some horrible YA recently. So, maybe my rating of this book is entirely comparative. But I don't think so.

When I started reading about Cadel, I wasn't sure why the book was so big. I expected it to be childish and maybe Roald Dahl-esque tale about a gifted boy in hands of smart & dumb adults - charming, straightforward, with a 50/50 chance of being memorable. By the time I had spent a who
Cadel Piggot is smarter than the average boy... Well, he's smarter than the average anyone really. He's so smart, that he started hacking into computer systems and disabling security systems at the age of 7. This bout of mischief led to him meeting Dr. Roth, a court-appointed psychiatrist, who seems to encourage his mischievous ways rather than discourage them. Soon enough Cadel is entered into the Axis Institute and studying for a World Domination degree. But is this what Cadel wants? Evil Geni ...more
Amery Xu
I didn't think the book was that bad at first. You get a teenage boy who happens to be very intelligent and unintentionally mischievous who attends a school where one learns the handy skills of deceit. Only problem is that Cadel has to fend for himself there. Sure, the various technological terms may be a bit overwhelming to some people but I was able to let that go due to the creativity put into the book. It was only about 200 pages later that I began to realize that the book could have been a ...more
Slow to start at first, with a tedious list of nefarious characters and outlandish scenarios, Evil Genius rapidly revs up the pace near the end of the book. Cadel Piggott, aka Cadel Darkkon, is a child genius. He is in foster care with Lanna and Stanley Piggott, who are strangely indifferent to his needs or ambitions. When they agree that Cadel may attend the Axis Institute, headed by Thaddeus Roth, Cadel is bewildered. There he is taught classes in loopholes, disguise, embezzlement, forgery, an ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
By the end of last year I was in a total YA funk. I was feeling jaded, and extremely tired of reading about American teens in American schools and all the usual clichés that that comes with. So someone recommended Evil Genius to me as a book that would break me out of my funk - they even said they would eat their hat if I didn't like it.

Well, no need to break out the hat-dipping sauce, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped either, even if it did meet the criteria.

Cadel Piggott is far from a
Nov 30, 2008 Nat rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those wishing to perpetuate their evil ingenuity
Shelves: borrowed
Jinks gives us an interesting premise for the book: a school for teaching certain (and not so certain) child geniuses of the world to dominate society and take care of the future of mankind from the likes of you and me.

The potential for tongue in cheek hilarity is there but not quite fully realized.

For being over 500 pages I found the book to be a quick read and to be enjoyable in parts. However, at times I didn't know if the author was trying to be serious or funny, and there seemed to be a lot
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Catherine Jinks is the Australian author of more than thirty books for all ages. She has garnered many awards, including the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award(three times), the Victorian Premier’s Award, the Aurealis Award for Science Fiction, the Australian Ibby Award, and the Davitt Award for Crime Fiction. Her work has been published in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, ...more
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