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Genius Squad (Genius #2)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  2,773 ratings  ·  235 reviews
Now that the Axis Institute for World Domination has been blown up; the founder, Dr. Phineas Darkkon, has died; and Prosper English (who enrolled Cadel in the first place) is in jail for myriad offenses, Cadel Piggott has round-the-clock surveillance so he'll be safe until he testifies against Prosper English. But nobody seems to want Cadel. Not Fiona, his social worker; n ...more
Paperback, 513 pages
Published April 6th 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jun 16, 2009 Colin rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who pity disabled people
Oh my effing god. How i loathe this book! I'm about two-thirds of the way through, and every time i think i can't get more annoyed, Jinks proves me wrong. The problem is the character of Sonja, who is a 16 year-old girl with cerebral palsy. I am not joking when I say that EVERY SINGLE TIME Sonja is referred to in this book, it is something about how hard it is for her to have CP. How exhausted she is! How helpless! How tragic! How hard it is for her to communicate! It is SO FUCKING ANNOYING. Unl ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Cadel, the scrawny, nerdy boy from EVIL GENIUS, is back in GENIUS SQUAD, a bit more grown up, a lot more responsible, and trapped in a foster home with a bully and without a computer.

He's miserable as he tries to bide his time until the slow-moving authorities can find out who he is and where he belongs. It is as he is waiting that the Genius Squad approaches him.

Devoted to bringing down one of Dr. Darkkon's operations, GenoME, the Genius S
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Tamora Pierce
A great boy book, this is also--for all its evil-genius-trying-to-capture-his-maybe-computer-genius-son--an excellent picture of foster care and its problems, including the lack of resources available for any type of kid, be they gifted super computer genius, lifetime criminal, emotionally disturbed kids, and those with severe birth defects. The hero is bullied by the police to give up all he knows about his father, and he's willing to do that, but he's also terrified that his father will escape ...more
Nowhere near as good as the first one. All the solutions seemed more trite, all the characters more annoying. I was hoping the sequel would improve upon the first book, but instead it seemed to exacerbate the problems and offer nothing more fun to counter them.
Jinks, Catherine. 2008. Genius Squad.

Genius Squad is the sequel to Evil Genius. A book that *almost* everyone (excluding me) loved when it released last year. So if I didn't love (and if I'm honest, really almost hated) why would I pick up the sequel? Am I just into torturing myself? Maybe. But it's a good thing. A really good thing in this case. My problems with Evil Genius was in the narrator (and also the pacing but it's not necessary to go there). Our hero, Cadel Piggott, was so far removed
An ex-Mountie tries to protect an angelic-looking teenage genius from the criminal masterminds who raised him. With a plot that sounds like the coolest Due South/SGA crossover ever, this book should be awesome, right? Sadly, not so much. I was hoping this sequel to Evil Genius would correct some of the problems I had with that book—and there seemed like there’d be a good chance, as one of the things I didn’t like was the ending. However, book two mostly just exacerbates all the issues I had. Sq ...more
I always wished that I could be as smart a Cadel. But not have the same life. Imagine not knowing your parents, and evil people claiming you to be their son. Imagine been in constant surveillance, because any moment someone might try to kill you. Cadel is afraid, but also knows how to cope with the cops. His skills in computers is amazing, and he might even prove the a fake gene mapping company is cheating clients out of their money. But the police cant find out. Because if they do, all Cadel ha ...more
Coyora Dokusho
It was really good! I can't wait to start the next book!!! The characters are really interesting and the plot was so good as well. I feel like it has a great depth of emotional realism.
Shanshad Whelan
The first book had a number of flaws, but was intriguing enough to pull me through and make me curious about the sequel. I got through this book basically wondering why I'd read it. The focal point seems more on Cadel's clumsy attempts at relationships than anything "genius" like. While I'm not one for endless technobabble, having a book about a "genius squad" that never lives up to the name is disappointing. Not enough description of gadgets and the kind of intelligence and ingenuity that would ...more
Cadel has been in limbo since the destruction of the Axis Institute. Without parents, without clear legal status, without even a computer, he's stuck in the foster care system. His only solace in this world is Sonja, a mathematical genius with cerebral palsy. But just when life is at its lowest, both he and Sonja are offered a place on Genius Squad, an elite group of hackers with a mission to bring down GenoME, the genetics company founded by Phineas Darkkon. Cadel can't tell if it's a scam; he ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Eliose rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens, people into mysteries
Spoilers are a pain. Read at your own risk.

It continues on from the end of Evil Genius. New characters are introduced and old characters are expanded and fleshed out. I love the dynamic between Sonja and Cadel. He learns to become compassionate because of her and to think of others. Cadel becomes more human in this book as he makes friends with the people he has to work with to take down Proctor. The teenagers act almost exactly how some teens would act-only caring about money and having fun, ev
The first book was so amazing! I thought it would be a sure thing the second book would compare, but unfortunately no. The book lags in almost everything! And while I loved Sonja in the first book, it seems that in the second she was a hindrance to the plot moving on. Don't even get me started on how ridiculous the premise was. Keep Cadel the feelings-challenged outcast! For gods sakes, don't give him a home and a stable life until the very end! That stuff is meant for a conclusion, not a lead-i ...more
Jared M
I thought Genius Squad by Catherine Jinks was a great story. It lived up to the first one by her and I cant wait to read the next one. It was packed with deception and mystery.
In the book, Cadel is in and out of foster care since he doesn't have any family to live with. With his so called dad, Prosper English in jail The police thinks the story is over, but it is not. Cadel soon gets a invitation to go to a organization called Genius Squad. Here Cadel attempts to tear down his other supposed f
Pre note: I'm writing this on a tablet, as goodreads refused point blank to open on my computer, let alone let me log in or get remotely close to writing a review. So, please forgive my grammar, spelling, random wordings, ect as an overly zealous autocorrect tries to fill in the apparent blanks for me.

First off, let's point out that I came into this particular novel with a rather negative bias with regards to Sonja. I had read, or should I say glance, at a review telling me that she was pathetic
I never give up on series, but I really can't be bothered to read the last one in this trilogy. It was boring and too long. TOO LONG! I NEVER SAY THAT! But it was. Don't bother.
Genius Squad was just as good, if not better, than the first book of the Genius series. It was filled with action and excitement and police and evil men...basically anything you could ever want from a book!

Although I didn't like the concept as much as I liked it in the first book (no school for evil anymore, unfortunately or fortunately, however you want to look at it), it was still exciting and the characters were just as interesting as the first, though less bloodthirsty. Each character had a
130 books, which is 2.5 Cannonballs, and probably as much as I'm going to accomplish this year (I might finish my audiobook today--we'll see). Catherine Jinks's Genius Squad was a good way to wrap up the year--some light, silly fun. Note: this is the second book in the Genius trilogy (I reviewed the first, Evil Genius, a few months ago), so spoilers exist for the first novel.

At the end of Evil Genius, Cadel Piggott finds out that his parents are not his parents, and his real father is probably t
So this year my goal is to read one library book, then one Kindle book, then one book off my overstuffed shelves. But I liked Evil Genius so much that I immediately moved on to the sequel, which just happened to be sitting there for lo, these many years. At least one year.


Loved it. Can't wait to get my hands on the next book. And to try some of Jinks' other books. What's interesting to me, is that I wouldn't recommend it to the Possum, despite how she's read The Hunger Games and that I did re
I like the book Genius Squad because first, the story’s main character is a genius. Second, his father is an awesome evil mastermind who is really, really smart. Third, the plot is about a genius who tries to find somewhere to fit in, and eventually finds it. The story has a happy ending, and uses some interesting scientific ideas I think might be useful in real life. For instance, the main character uses the periodic table to create a secret code language. All in all, this was a great book.
Ví hace poco un review en donde una ardida lectora prendía fuego a la persona de Catherine Jinks por su "horrible" forma de describir a los parapléjicos en este libro... Para mí, a decir verdad, no fue tan molesto. Incluso creo que me ayudó a superar varios prejuicios hacia este tipo de padecimiento, y aunque no muy heróica la manera en que Jinks presenta la situación, a mi sí me pareció muy real.

Muy bien, ya que me saqué eso del pecho, continuo: ¡Me encantó! Debo aceptar que Jinks tiene una man
This is by far my favorite book in the series. The cover continues to deceive - it gives no sense of the greatness of complexity within. This book deserves a wider audience than this cover will attract.

This book finds Cadel is basically in limbo since the events of the last book. Villain Prosper English is in jail but refuses to acknowledge Cadel as his son. Cadel is in foster care with limited computer time (which is like prison to him). He has police protection because he is a threat to Prospe
Book 2!!! It comes after Evil Genius. Cadell is back and in hiding without a country to call his own because Prosper English wont claim him as his son. So Cadell lives in foster care with two other “troubled” kids. One of which never gets in trouble for the damage he causes Cadell. Being followed by undercover police officers (who wont give him a ride) and only being allowed to be on the computer for a short time each day (and if he isn’t there to use it during his allotted time he looses it), C ...more
This book was loads of fun, having a different kind of interest that Evil Genius (the book that preceded this one). Where the Evil Genius effectively had a school for villains, Genius Squad had a group of uber talented kids with a singular mission. However, things are not as they seem as the protagonist, characters from the previous book and new characters interact in a clever and exciting way.

Moving along at a fast pace, Jinks puts the protagonist in a smart and cleaver story which manages to
As the sequel to evil genius, genius squad is about a boy named Cadel who is a genius at hacking into computers. In the first book he used to go to a place for villains that was actually disguised as a college for genuises. now he lives in a house for unstable kids.When he gets the chance to move to better place with his phisically disabled friend, Sonja, he takes the chance only to find out that the home is actually place for a group of genuises who wants to take over a large corporation called ...more
Landree Rennpage
Yes, I have posted these reviews close together, but I've been a Catherine Jinks audiobook marathon for a while, and will finish the last book on Tuesday (darn holiday weekend!). This book is just as sharp and touching as the first one, and that is saying something. I love the high paced hijinks in all of Catherine's works and this one is no exception. It also has a twisty ending much like the first one, for all that it is quite different.

Cadel has been recruited for a squad of geniuses that ar
In the second installment to the Genius trilogy, Cadel Piggott’s alleged father Prosper English, aka Thaddeus Roth, has been arrested and Cadel is the only witness to the destructive behavior of Roth, the Axis Institute, and Dr. Darkkon (who has died in prison). Furthermore, Cadel is living in foster care until the government figures out what to do with him. No birth certificate and no proof of his parents can be found anywhere so he technically doesn’t exist. He can’t go to school because all t ...more
5+ von 5 Sternen
Prosper English ist mittlerweile zwar in Haft, aber Cadels Leben ist alles andere als ideal. Er lebt jetzt in einer Pflegefamilie in der er sich nicht wohl fühlt und von einem seiner Mitbewohner drangsaliert wird. Keine Uni will ihn nehmen, da seine Identität und Staatsangehörigkeit nicht geklärt ist. Sprich, er langweilt sich zu Tode. Außerdem wird er auf Schritt und Tritt bewacht, da immer noch Gefahr für ihn droht, da alle wissen wie mächtig und gewieft Prosper Englis
James Hargest Library
Cadel Piggott is in foster care after the Axis Institute closed down. All is well until he receives a cryptic email from a former student, who is known to have hacked several government websites. How did he find Cadel’s email address, when he’s meant to be in protective care? What dangers will arise from the email hack? As he waits patiently for contact another issue arises, nobody wants Cadel. His social worker Fiona, Saul Greeiaus the detective assigned to his protection and his foster parents ...more
James Hargest Library
Cadel Piggott is in foster care after the Axis Institute closed down. All is well until he receives a cryptic email from a former student, who is known to have hacked several government websites. How did he find Cadel’s email address, when he’s meant to be in protective care? What dangers will arise from the email hack? As he waits patiently for contact another issue arises, nobody wants Cadel. His social worker Fiona, Saul Greeiaus the detective assigned to his protection and his foster parents ...more
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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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