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Genius: The Game

(Genius #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  2,089 ratings  ·  421 reviews
Trust no one. Every camera is an eye. Every microphone an ear. Find me and we can stop him together.

The Game: Get ready for Zero Hour as 200 geniuses from around the world go head to head in a competition hand-devised by India's youngest CEO and visionary.

The Players:
Rex- One of the best programmers/hackers in the world, this 16-year-old Mexican-American is determined to f
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
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Sherrie Re read the last few chapters. It explains why Rex had to leave and why he could not retrieve “Walkabout”. I’m not going to spoil for others.

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Zachary West
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book wanted me to love it! The cast of characters is great, the danger that the characters faced is great, the idea of bringing the brightest young minds together with a hidden ulterior motive is great. I'm sure that there will be so much to love about the final publication, but unfortunately there is a lot of work to go with it in its ARC stage.

There are four major flaws I saw in the ARC copy I received that made me give this book a lower rating than I wanted.

1. There are a ton of visuals
An Electronic Advance Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an e-ARC and may be subject to change.

Fun quick read! The pacing was quite fast, which I enjoyed. It almost read in a style of a movie, where the next clue or next plot point is dropped and the audience is taken along for the ride. I loved reading the challenges they had to do. Not knowing what they were talking about, I soon grew weary but nonetheless I was still curious and en
Ashley DiNorcia
Apr 22, 2016 marked it as dnf
dnf @ pg 36

I usually don't give up on books this quickly but after 30ish pages I'm just not interested enough to continue.
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I went into this book thinking that it would remind me of Ready Player One and I was right, it did. It reminded me of it because this book is also about a young computer genius. In Ready Player One the protagonist is a gamer, in this book the protagonists are a technical engineer, computer programmer/hacker/coder and an activist. The high school student Rex is a brilliant computer programmer and he and his friends are on the run, presumably from the government or some worse kind of entity, in th ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
The concept of Genius: The Game (Genius #1) by Leopoldo Gout sounds pretty fantastic with high stakes and a diverse cast of characters. Plus, it's been a popular item at my library since it was released. I'd had my eye on it for quite some time since it looked like it had so much potential. Unfortunately, though, it just wasn't for me. My main complaint is that I had a tough time telling the difference between the four members of the main cast. I mean, I know what their stories are and what they ...more
T.J. Burns
Genius: The Game is thought-provoking, intriguing, and soooooo exciting!

TJ's Time Travel Tips:

I like the three points of view – three distinct voices. Three distinct personalities. The supporting characters added flavor as well. I have no idea how accurate the science is in the book, but it doesn’t even matter – I bought it.

Some of the controversial issues covered in this fast-paced, suspenseful, intelligent, action story are: surveillance technology, s
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, ebook, ya
I'd hoped for another 'Ready Player One' but this first book doesn't live up to the charm of RPO. Still it's a very interesting look at the near future, and I'll be reading the next book ASAP. The characters are great beacuse they are so diverse, being from all over the globe. Painted Wolf is my favorite as the strategist directing the tech geeks. (view spoiler) ...more
Nicole Hoefs
This was kind of interesting, but it didn’t meet my expectations. I received a copy from Netgalley to review, and ended up giving this book 3 out of 5 stars.

So here’s the thing…I didn’t hate this book, but I didn’t love it either. The ending kind of sucked and just left the story hanging. I really hate cliffhangers, especially if there’s no second book being published/talked about. I liked the characters for the most part, but I felt like I didn't really get to know them that well, other than th
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of those books that I loved, but have no idea how to review, simply because it was so uniquely enjoyable.

I loved all of the characters, particularly the three main characters. I thought that each character was well developed with distinct personalities.

Tunde's speech pattern was distinctive and it made reading the character's thoughts and comments interesting.

The concept of the novel was compelling; during the first h
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Basic Info

Pages/Length: 304pgs
Genre: Young Adult
Reason For Reading: Cover!

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: YES
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 4 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 9
Plot: 8
Characters: 8
World Building: 7
Flow: 8
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 8
Ending: -100000000

Total: 7

In Dept

Best Part:
Cool drawings in the margins.
Worst Part: That ending!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: Yes.

Rebecca Allen
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
Rex – a 16 year old Mexican-American coder
Cai – a 16 year old Chinese blogger/activist
Tunde – a 14 year old Nigerian engineer who up-cycles garbage into technology for his Nigerian village

These teens are online friends who get the opportunity to meet IRL (in real life) for the first time when they’re invited to a competition hosted by the world’s top tech visionary, Kiran Biswas. Winners will receive spots on Kiran’s team doing cutting-edge tech development. Um…yes, I’ll read that arc
Feb 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
The concept was really interesting but that book was not.
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: rev-on-amazon
I'm so excited to be featuring Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout as part of the Sunday Street Team!

I really enjoyed this book. Imagine three teens, living in three very different places around the world, who are best friends. They met online, because they're all geniuses in their respective fields- coding, spying, and engineering. While they've never met in real life, they act like family.

One day, they find out about THE GAME. It's an opportunity for teenagers to compete in a competition w

Emilie Guan
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think the most adequate adjective to describe this book was disappointing? The premise wasn’t super original or creative but it sounded interesting enough. And although I do appreciate a few aspects of this book, the execution was just sloppy. The writing style was very juvenile and borderline cheesy, and the main characters have little to no (or at least extremely one-dimensional and predictable) characterization, and the side characters might as well be cardboard cutouts.

The plot was basica
Jack Clonan
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Remarkably gripping story about hacking, geniuses and society which is definitely worthy of the James Patterson review on the cover of the book. I am absolutely in love with the characters of Painted Wolf and Rex. I cannot wait to see what the author does with the directions of these characters in the recently announced sequel. Finally, the design of the book was innovative and just straight out cool. My only gripe with this book was the character of Tunde, I just found him a bit whiny and not i ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
One of the things I appreciate the most about this book are the main characters. The three main characters come from different backgrounds. Rex is a Mexican-American, Cai is Chinese, and Tunde is Nigerian. These three characters work together to help each other in their journeys.

I also appreciate all the technology that is included in this book. The main characters like to build things whether it’s code or machines. Genius includes diagrams/pictures of what a character has made and includes shor
Jessica Figueroa
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgally
Now this isn't normally the type of book I pick up but I was able to get my hands on an ARC and decided to give it a show. I loved getting to know the characters even if for a short period of time and getting to know a brief history on the three main characters. That goes to say I loved that there was multiple point of views getting to see how the game went from different angles. I thought that there was plenty going on to keep the readers interested. I thought it was interesting in the aspect o ...more
Dana Fontaine
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an awesome tech-based book. If you are into technology and coding and computer stuff, this books is for you. This is a young adult novel about three teens who are completing genius level work in engineering, coding, and hacking/blogging/being a superhero. They all, we'll all except one, receive an invite to the game. The game is designed by Kiran Bitswas. The game seems too good to be on to see what entanglements these characters get into. ...more
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This the type of book I would usually read. I don't know anything about coding, but I actually set down on my chair and took the time out and actually read this book. I Enjoyed reading this book. If you're into computers, math, engineering you should add Genius: The Game to your to-read list. ...more
Amber Powell
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review in progress
3.88 stars
I borrowed this from my local Little Library some time ago because 1) it looked interesting and 2) I can't just NOT borrow books with shiny covers. Too tempting. Haven't had the mental strength to give it a go til recently, and even though it wasn't my favorite, I'm glad I finally tried it. Not exactly my style, but hey, genius characters are always fun.

PT: books with additional media (photographs, diagrams, etc), black cover books, books I’ve been ignoring on my sh
Cole Shepherd
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Leopoldo Gout's "Genius: The Game" was a great book that kept me intrigued my entire time reading it. I would highly recommend reading this novel. I read the Advance Reader's Edition released in 2016. Leopoldo Gout is better known for his work in the film industry rather than writing books. His use of illustrations was enjoyable but they could be overwhelming at times. By switching the point of view between characters each chapter, I felt it was easier to follow.
The genre of this book is adve
Shelley Pearson
I liked this, and I read it much faster than I expected to. I think it was partially because of the illustrations, which I liked a lot, but also because the story moved really fast and I wanted to know what would happen. I liked all three main characters a lot, especially Tunde and Painted Wolf, and I liked how it was an international contest so there were people from all over. It seemed like most of the people involved in the contest were kind of weird or counter culture, which I also liked. I ...more
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Liked but couldn't love.

Everything about this boom seemed well researched and the premise and everything about 'the game' was well put together. However, when reading through this book I couldn't help but feel stupid in comparison to the kids in this novel. But I guess that is a drawback with books whose main characters star geniuses.

Despite that, I found myself enjoying the book. But I'll admit that I found myself lost during the parts of explanation. I think my favorite point of view had to b
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rated four stars compared to current similar YA fiction. This is a great story, but is not a literary selection. The story holds your interest though, and for young adults interested in technology, gaming, hacking, it should prove satisfying, and lead them into the other two books in the series. Premise: Three young computer talents from different backgrounds and places in the world are selected to compete in a high tech contest, which proves to be a guise for recruiting the best techies for nef ...more
Hansen Qiu
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book has its ups and downs and the main antagonist isn’t set until the end of the story. This book is likely setting up an environment for the next book, as most of the conflict and real problems are near the end. This book is about a group of kids that are friends online, and they finally meet in RL via The Game, a series of problems that participants need to solve in order to pass. 2/3 of the friends are invited, leaving one out. So what does he do? He hacks his way in, through an extreme ...more
Jun 04, 2018 added it
Shelves: nah
Eh. Not for me. I’m not that all into math and science, and the description of this book gave me a interesting vibe, but when I started, it was confusing and hard to wrap my head around. I’m not into computering and all that jazz, so this was not one I would try to keep reading. I hate giving up, know what I mean
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is very interesting.The story is full of mind games and we can know the value of friendship.Sometimes we will be confusing because of the mind games but if we understand the story clearly.This is a perfect book for the guys who love thrilling story.I'm waiting for the next book of this story! ...more
Colby Naumovitz
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book because unlike most other books that I have read this book includes a lot of technology. I also liked that the book ended on a cliffhanger and that i was able to find the next one right away.
Vampress Bathory
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was unexpectedly awesome!Super smart and catchy and a roller coaster of action. I love to read about smart teens and though I know nothing about programming, even the more technical details were a joy. Fast and enjoyable read, make sure to give it a try!
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Leopoldo Gout, author of Genius, is a writer, artist, and filmmaker who hails from Mexico. After studying in London, Gout produced the award-winning film Days of Grace, which A. O. Scott of the New York Times called “potent and vigorous.” He is the executive producer of the number one new show of the summer, sci-fi drama Zoo on CBS and is partnered with James Patterson Entertainment to produce Max ...more

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