Jinks, Catherine The Genius Wars
Harcourt Brace/Houghton Mifflin 2010 378p 17.00 978-0-15-206619-2 ms/hs E-BN
In this, the third book in the Genius trilogy, Cadel must beat the criminal Prosper English, his former foster father, at his own game in order to save the people who he loves the most. This is a fast-paced, high-tech adventure in which Cadel must defeat a criminal gang of hackers at their own game.
Jinks writes convincingly about each character, and her descriptions of heart-stopping action and technological innovation in service of the plot are second to none. Cadel is human and vulnerable, but at the same time a very sympathetic character, with his commitment to his friends, especially the disabled Sonja. Through the dialog and his actions he really comes off the page as a living, breathing young man who has suffered more than his share of abuse but is ready to move on and make life better for himself and his friends and new family.
Move over, Harry Potter. Science fiction Kennedy, Carol