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Review: The Genius Wars

Cadel is finally living a normal life – sort of. He’s 15 and enrolled in the Computer Engineering Program at a local Sydney college. He finally has parent. He has friends. There is no more running. No more hiding. No one is watching his every move – or so he thinks. 

Cadel has stopped hacking and has started learning to program the right way. Well, except when his friend Sonja needed some help. She’s stuck in a wheel chair and unable to press buttons – how is she supposed to get to her University classes without pushing the buttons in the elevator? Cadel took care of it. Anything to make his best friend’s life a bit easier. 

But now it seems as if someone is trying to kill him. Is Prosper back? Cadel was minding his own business. Would Prosper come after him anyway? Cadel needs to find out – especially after the ones he loves start heading to the hospital.

So maybe I didn’t realize that this was the third book in the series before I started reading it… I’m so lame sometimes! It looked like such a good book that I couldn’t turn it down. This book absolutely stands on it’s own. You don’t need to read the first two books to get this one or to enjoy it. You do however, have to be extremely patient. My son is not.

CJ absolutely couldn’t make it through the first couple of chapters – it was too boring. If I hadn’t felt guilty for making him start it – I’d’ve tossed it aside also. However, I felt that since I’d ask him to read it that I should try it. It took me until more than halfway through it but I did finally enjoy it. 

If you don’t enjoy – and understand – techy stuff you won’t enjoy it. Every page is littered with hacking, CCTV, synthesizers, wardriving, and the like. I’m not saying that it’s difficult to understand – because it’s not – it’s just a bit like reading a book with tons of French phrases in it – or Gealic. Some of us can enjoy that – some can’t. 

If I had it to do over I would definitely start with book one but, still, the beginning was SOO slow I’m not sure if I would have made it all the way through. I’ll try CJ on it in another year or so and we’ll see. As for me, I don’t think I’ll pick up another of her books for a while 

Rating: C
Buy or Borrow: Borrow

This book is an ARC. I was in no way paid or compensated for this book. It was given to me for my honest review. And that is what they have gotten.

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