Cadel Piggott has a genius IQ and a fascination with systems of all kinds. At seven, he was illegally hacking into computers. Now he’s fourteen and studying for. Cadel Piggott has a genius IQ and a fascination with systems of all kinds. At seven, he was illegally hacking into computers. Now he’s 14 and studying. Evil Genius, then, is not a children’s book like Dahl’s Matilda, but a coming-of-age young adult (YA) book. Author Catherine Jinks is adept at working with this.

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At the end of this book, which is the first in a trilogy, Cadel has made the crucial decisions that will shape his character. Darkkon’s agent and has been put in place to act as help cwtherine Cadel.

Languages Simple English Edit links. Cadel goes to schools and discovers he likes to mess with people, get them to do things, basically manipulate everything. Through his correspondance with Kay-Lee, Cadel begins to realize that perhaps the world isn’t as dark and cruel as he thought.

The psychologist reveals that Cadel is in fact the secret son of incarcerated international arch-villain Dr.

Evil Genius

As a young male myself who is interested in both stories in all their forms geniuus science, I really appreciated the accuracy jikns which you approached the scientific topics, namely computer science and mathematics. Character Development is quite excellent in this novel, and watching Cadel grow up and change throughout the novel is incredibly engaging.

I could not force myself to care about such a person or about what happened to them. This book is excellent for teaching three things, 1: The protagonist is young, and very occasionally words an older reader might know are explained, but the book would rather stretch its audience than speak childishly.


You can only tell whether you’ve mastered a system if you isolate and identify its weakest point. Jinks does a remarkable job of indicating right and wrong without Cadel having to be a clear avatar of catheerine himself.

We publish fiction, poetry, reviews, essays, interviews, and art. Jemima and Niobe “Gemini” Jem ‘n’ Ni: Even thought it took me a while to read this book-the catherone was so small! In crime thrillers, this feeling is magnified by the constant awareness of evil forces much bigger than the detective. The next morning I turned in my report. The staff are master criminals, and the students are, at the least, sociopaths.

So it didn’t meet my need to read “home-grown” YA, sadly. Perhaps this is because this change occurs in the latter half of the book and I had given up on caring by then.

But I had another issue with Evil Genius.

Evil School, but based on the cover art and the first pages, I had assumed that this would be a rather light treatment of such an institution. His classmates include a young man from Liverpool whose stench is so bad he has to wear a kind of spacesuit to protect everyone from his smell; twins with a penchant for shoplifting, aided and abetted by a telepathic connection; and a young medical student who’s trying to turn himself into a vampire.

Strange Horizons is a weekly magazine of and about speculative fiction. He takes risks, is captured, escapes and is captured again, with both his life and the future of the world at stake.

So that makes me very pleased. The book is just dying for a sequel, but that doesn’t mean this first novel doesn’t stand entirely on its own. Plus, my sister wants me to ask you how to pronounce Greeniaus.


YA books do tend to share a focus on young people and an interest in the social predicaments they face; at their best, YA books are inclusive, sensitive and relevant. After fishing around in Max’s emails, Cadel decides that Max is a little paranoid and a loner.

Not until I read Evil Genius and I could see the layers of the unfolding story, and felt as though I could reach the spirits of the characters as I might in an actual person.

Jinks really allowed you inside his head. Thadeus really appears to care about, or even love, Cadel. Deal teaches law loopholes.

Strange Horizons – Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks By Duncan Lawie

May 26, Anne rated it liked it Shelves: Catherine Jinks was born in Brisbane, Australia in His projects start becoming more and more cruel, until he meets an online friend names Kay-Lee who m All his life, Cadel has been living with his inattentive and uncaring adoptive parents.

I picked up the book and reread the book, for like the hundredth time.

However, to his own astonishment, Cadel starts to develop empathy. Recognising his genuine concern for Kay-Lee, Cadel begins to understand that pure self-interest is not sufficient—but nor can he come to trust society. As a result, the mayhem he observes svil seem particularly dark or serious.