Will Cadel be able to track down Prosper English before any more of his friends and family are hurt? Sinister, scary and satisfying, this is the conclusion to the thrilling high-tech trilogy that began with Evil Genius and continued with Genius Squad.
In a thrilling conclusion to the Genius trilogy, Cadel must think like a criminal mastermind. After living a precarious life of lies and mistrust, Cadel has finally found his niche. He has a proper home, a loving family, and good friends. He's even studying computer engineering. But Prosper English resurfaces, determined to destroy everything Cadel has struggled to build. When Cadel's nearest and dearest are threatened, he must launch an all-out attack against the man he once viewed as his father.
Can he track down Prosper before Prosper's net closes around him? And what rules will Cadel have to break to do so?
For ages 12+
Praise for the series
'Cadel makes an uncommonly memorable protagonist... the author's ability to craft vivid characters and engrossing action scenes continues unabated.' Kirkus Reviews (starred review).
'Genius Squad is very, very clever... The story abounds with believable characters richly fleshed out with human foibles... This is a rare book in modern publishing - one that is squarely aimed at a market often neglected - intelligent, literate, IT savvy young people who crave the same excitement from the printed word as they do from the power of the pixel. Genius Squad shines as a beacon of quality wiring, imagination and... cleverness.' -Magpies.
Praise for Evil Genius
'This hefty but engrossingly complex tale features a young super-brain being groomed for world domination... Cadel rides right up there with Artemis Fowl as a sympathetic anti-villian.' - Kirkus Reviews.
'Jinks has created an intricate, well-constructed and layered reality in this hefty novel, and as the complex deceptions that have shaped Cadel's life come to light, his emotional unraveling and awakening will likely engross readers.'- Publishers Weekly.
'Imagine Harry Potter's Hogwarts in reverse... this book will appeal to younger teens who can see the possibilities for adventure through the eyes of the bad guys. Although Cadel himself will in the end deny evil, he learns that no one remains untouched by it.' - Voice of Youth Advocate.
'Evil Genius will be another crossover title with a broad potential audience, appealing as much to adults as to teens with a taste for the dark side. It is long, at almost 500 pages, but the short, snappy chapters make it easy to get through.' - Children's Bookseller and Publisher.
Praise for Genius Squad
'...as gripping, devilish and wonderfully dark as its predecessor (Eveil Genius)... a new gang of superhuman brainiacs help populate this story with fresh twists and eyebrow-raising, technologically over-the-top antics... Jinks stays busy, gradually setting up her audience for a stunning climax.' - Children's Bookshelf in USA Publishers' Weekly.
'...This is fascinating stuff, and a respect for young people, whose knowledge of the intricacies of the cyber world far outshines that of adults', is prevalent. But this novel is more than simply an adventure with details to satisfy even the most obsessed computer geek. It's a morality tale, redolent of Colfer's Artemis Fowl series
The tension is maintained throughout.' - Viewpoint
'Well, this is both exciting and unexpected! Genius Squad is the new book from Catherine Jinks, and is the sequel to Evil Genius (if you haven't read it, do, it's fantastic)... This is excellent reading: a tightly woven story packed with drama and suspense! Suitable for young adults, aged twelve and up.' - Readings
'...engaging tales of emotional growth.' - Australian Book Review
'A captivating, keyed-up cat-and-mouse game... Jinks writes hacker lingo accessible to non-techies, imparting the edgy thrill of computer espionage. This energetic, cohesive installment in the series roars to a finish, then circles back to establish Cadel's next great challenge- the battle to bring Prosper English to justice...' - The Horn Book
'Cadel is a well-rounded character whose struggles to do the right thing ring true. His formidable intellect is well portrayed, but is now paired with a strong sense of justice and compassion. The secondary characters are engaging, and Prosper English is a superbly hissable villain. Genius Squad is a suspenseful, twist-laden adventure for readers who enjoy computer hacking, espionage, and unraveling evil schemes.' - Bookseller and Publisher Magazine.
'This continues the intricate plotting begun in Evil Genius... Riveting reading.' - goodreadingmagazine.com
Catherine Jinks was born in Brisbane in 1963 and grew up in Sydney and Papua New Guinea.
She became a writer because she loves reading, and also loves history, films, TV and gossip. She has a BA (Hons) in medieval history and is married with one daughter. Catherine writes whenever she gets a moment and could write for eight hours straight if she had the chance. She lives in the Blue Mountains in NSW and gets her ideas from everywhere, particularly good science fiction films. The author of many award-winning, popular books for children and adults, her books include Evil Genius, Genius Squad, Pagan's Daughter, and, most recently, The Reformed Vampire Support Group.
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Author: Catherine Jinks