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Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
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May 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: australia, criminals, disabilities, good-vs-evil, identity, science-fiction, school, ya-fiction, gifted-children
Read from May 12 to 20, 2011

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, and diseases.

Yet, while he is attending this so-called academy for genius studies, he starts to become suspicious of these odd characters. When the help of his online friend, Sonia, who has cerebral palsy, yet is a mathematical genius herself, they piece together clues and bond in a way that Cadel has never done before. You see, he has never really had a friend before.

Things start to really become blurred when Cadel first learns that he is the evil-mastermind Dr. Darkkon's son...later only to find out that he is really the son of Thaddeus Roth, who is dillusional himself. Cadel must get away!

Full of narrow escapes and clever ruses, Cadel's adventures take him on a ride of a lifetime. He has help along the way of the only two friends he's ever had...Sonia and Gazo, a bumbling, yet endearing friend from the Axis Institute. Finally safe, although not sure of his future, Cadel reaches out to Sonia in cyberspace, hoping against hope that she will come to realize just how much her friendship means to him.

Can't wait to read the next installment, Genius Squad and #3 Genius Wars.
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