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Evil Genius

Jinks, Catherine (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Evil Genius

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Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy.
Authors: Jinks, Catherine
Title: Evil genius
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, 2007, c2005.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
Characteristics: 486 p. ;,22 cm.
Notes: Includes author's interview.
First published: Australia : Allen & Unwin, 2005.
Summary: Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy.
Audience: 720
Ages 12 and up.
Local Note: Reading Counts RC 39 10320
Accelerated Reader AR 49 10210
ISBN: 9780152061852
Statement of Responsibility: Catherine Jinks
Study Program: Reading Counts RC 6-8 3.9 32.0 Quiz: 41290.
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.9 21.0 Quiz: 114307.
Subject Headings: Australia Fiction. Australia Juvenile fiction. Schools Fiction. Good and evil Fiction. Mystery and detective stories. Identity Fiction. Genius Fiction. Schools Juvenile fiction. Good and evil Juvenile fiction. Crime Juvenile fiction. Identity (Philosophical concept) Juvenile fiction. Genius Juvenile fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Science fiction.
Science fiction.
Topical Term: Schools
Good and evil
Mystery and detective stories.
Good and evil
Identity (Philosophical concept)
LCCN: 2006014476
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Jun 17, 2013
  • skyguylmr rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this book, and I sometimes wish I could be as smart as Cadel.

Feb 11, 2013
  • 0range08 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Good book, good book

Dec 17, 2012
  • the_golux rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is the kind of book which gets called 'zany,' but what it is, is brilliant. The prose flows perfectly, literate but quick and light. The premise and a lot of the characters are a bit cartoon-like - a little flat, brightly colored, larger than life: if you want a gritty, realistic book, or the 'written for you to be sure to relate to' pap that's so common in YA fiction, this novel is definitely not for you. If you want a fast-paced, engaging, complex, highly enjoyable ride that turns out to be a lot more nuanced than it initially seems, sign up now.

The two-dimensional quality does lead to some stereotyping which I disliked at times and almost lost my interest early on in the novel. However, since this book is like living inside the wildest conspiracy theory ever, pretty much nothing is as it's initially represented, and it was well worth reading long enough to find that out.

I'll be reading the sequels as soon as I get my hands on them. I hope they live up to the same standard.

Jun 12, 2012
  • Jamies43 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Even though most of words in the book I didn't understand, for example the word "binary", the book is still good. Keep me reading day'n' night!!

Jan 21, 2012
  • baseballfan24 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow. Great start to an amazing series. Catherine Jinks hits the jackpot

Feb 19, 2011
  • grapefruit rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

i can symmpathise jedi. for some unknown reason this book cannot be put down easily. this book reminds me alot of artemis fowl. although i have to admit cadel piggot is nowhere near as engaging as the young artemis fowl.

Jul 12, 2010
  • JediMooCow rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This books surprised me. I've seen better writing, better developed characters, and better plots, but rarely has a books kept me reading it for six hour stretches, and this book did.
While some of the research behind the book is of dubious quality, and there's something about it that just doesn't quite hang together, this is just such a fun read that you can ignore all that, and enjoy it anyway.


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Jan 11, 2012
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Sep 02, 2011
  • lukeooo2 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

lukeooo2 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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