SST Review & Giveaway: Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout


Sunday Street Team is a monthly feature highlighting upcoming releases and promoting new authors. SST was created and run by Nori over at ReadWriteLove28.

GeniusGameGenius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout

Published by Feiwel & Friends on May 3, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Thriller, Science Fiction

Pages: 350 Format: eARC Source: NetGalley

3/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Trust no one. Every camera is an eye. Every microphone an ear. Find me and we can stop him together.

The Game: Get ready for Zero Hour as 200 geniuses from around the world go head to head in a competition hand-devised by India’s youngest CEO and visionary.

The Players:
Rex– One of the best programmers/hackers in the world, this 16-year-old Mexican-American is determined to find his missing brother.
Tunde-This 14-year-old self-taught engineering genius has drawn the attention of a ruthless military warlord by single-handedly bringing electricity and internet to his small Nigerian village.
Painted Wolf-One of China’s most respected activist bloggers, this mysterious 16-year-old is being pulled into the spotlight by her father’s new deal with a corrupt Chinese official.

The Stakes: Are higher than you can imagine. Like life and death. Welcome to the revolution. And get ready to run.

I received this eARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I went into Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout with little knowledge of the story and I was happy once I dived into the narrative. Told from three distinct POVs, Genius takes us into the depths of the tech world in a game pitting the smartest young minds in the world against each other. Of course there was a little more to it, with connections spanning the continents and stakes bigger then just winning.

Honestly the characters were my favorite part of Genius and they truly made the reading experience a blast. The three of them weren’t just techies but dynamic individuals. Rex putting his hacker skills into finding his missing brother yet still worrying about the legal ramifications for his parents. Tunde with his imagination sustaining a village and him experiencing the wider world for the first time. Plus Painted Wolf with her desire to take down corruption and keep her identity unknown.

While Rex, Tunde, and Painted Wolf all come from distinctly different backgrounds, they all found common ground on the internet. Plus they are willing to do whatever it takes to protect the people they care about, especially each other. Even though this is the first time the three of them have met IRL, they work together right from the start regardless of what it means for each of them individually.

The Game itself felt a little lackluster for me. The tasks themselves were cool and I found it interesting how the participants solved the problems but it just all happened so fast. I wish there had been more detail involved with those scenes. Plus it felt overshadowed by the bigger themes in play. I definitely was intrigued by those but wanted more out of the experience.

Overall Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout was a fun read and a good start for a series if it even is one. With plenty of intrigue and some of the smartest young minds, this book ended up being a riveting adventure. I’m interested to know whether or not there will be a second one especially since I have a theory and want to know if I’m right. I would definitely recommend this one but I don’t think it’s for everyone.

So are you planning to check out Genius: The Game? Intrigued by these fun characters? Let me know your thoughts and look below to discover a quote and participate in a giveaway!

Secret Quote

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Check out the other Sunday Street Team Genius: The Game posts to complete this quote!


The author is generously giving away five copies of Genius: The Game.

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About the Author

Leopoldo Gout is the producer behind many films including Days of Grace, which A.O. Scott of the New York Times called “a potent and vigorous film.” He is also a writer, artist, and filmmaker. Leopoldo is currently involved in various film and television projects including major adaptations of the Alex Cross series, with the author James Patterson and the upcoming film adaption of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.


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