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Genius Squad (Genius #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,319 Ratings  ·  255 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

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Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published January 1st 2008)
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Colin
Jun 07, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  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
caelumn ✧
Apr 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dropped
I genuinely liked the first book, although flawed, the plot was still intriguing and that pushed me to finish it.

However, this sequel felt like it was forcing me to read it. I was annoyed with some of the characters throughout the story, characters that I loved so much in the first book but seem to hinder a progressive plot in this second book.

Sadly, that's why I didn't finish reading it so it's under my dropped shelf.
Tamora Pierce
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-ya-yr
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
Kitaabi
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by The Compulsive Reader for TeensReadToo.com

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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Trin
Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Kim
Nov 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Becky
Jun 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Eliose
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Armchair
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: it-was-ok
I loved the first book in this trilogy, Evil Genius, unfortunately the follow-up didn’t have the same spark. Cadel Piggott is a pretty fascinating protagonist: an effeminate-looking boy genius raised with no moral compass by henchmen. He developed a conscience over the course of Evil Genius, and he spends most of Genius Squad struggling with it: balancing his desire to solve puzzles and exercise his mind with his instructions to lie low and be a good boy. Both novels have a diverse and interesti ...more
Molly
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I found this enjoyable, and I like that Catherine Jinks doesn't write at an extremely low reading level, even though this book is oriented towards kids. The book gets a little boring at times, especially when Jinks spend a lot of paragraphs talking about hacking (which is definitely not as entertaining as, but definitely more realistic than, hacking montages in movies or TV series). However, I enjoyed it, mostly because I can't help but root for Cadel, who's trying to be a good person, despite l ...more
Max
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
Omkar K.
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good, but the main part where someone gets kidnapped, only lasts for about a couple chapters until a detective comes and saves him. Although the main part was late, the start of the story still kept me entertained, especially with Cadel joining Genius Squad, which ended up leading to all the action parts in the story. The book had a good ending, but it left you in the dark about some things.
Coyora Dokusho
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
sj
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.
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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
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Liz Vennum
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The parts of Cadel (the main character) I wasn't fond of in the first book change as he grows up and becomes more of a human and less of a little robot kid. His personality gains nuance and likeability. Awesome book. Great characters. I love how Gazo matures into a great guy.
Jackson
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
was a great sequal to the series and going to read the next book soon.
Emily
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, series
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
Aelvana
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Corielle
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
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
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Bonnie
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
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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
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Kirsten Simkiss
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This star got a solid 4 out of 5 stars for me.

Unlike the first book, I really felt Cadel grew and developed as a person. They also treated their special needs characters MUCH better in this book. I really felt like Sonja was developed nicely in this book. While I know very little about cerebral palsy, I felt as though the prioritization of her needs (view spoiler) was very well handle
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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
Quidec
Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novelas
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
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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
Ernest
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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