Bruce Nope. It's a mix of The Last Starfighter with Ender's Game and a bit of 2001. In the end, the recipe revealed itself to be a mess.
Murray Lindsay I'm afraid the book is drivel. It's not a novel/story, it's a multi-page game of "Trivial Pursuit - the Nerd Edition". No character is capable, in any situation, of forming a complete sentence without some nerd reference. It gets intensely tedious and vapid.