{ARC REVIEW/Sunday Street Team} Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout

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  Above, you should see a cute little fill in the blanks thing, please travel to the other blogs involved in this month’s Sunday Street Team Blog Tour to fill in the rest, in this order as all reviews by these bloggers should be up by today:
2. MC
3. Coley
4. Bayy
When I signed up for this month’s Sunday Street Team, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. The synopsis in the email was attractive o me because of lead characters who had high levels of intelligence and creativity who are also people of colour!!!  The book is also set in separate worlds that are not America. Genius: The Game is what I and many others have been waiting for.
A quick overview of what I loved about this book:
  • characters
  • plot
  • writing
  • camaraderie between the characters/how familial it is even though their friendship is started online
  • art
  • formatting
  • Viewers of Mr. Robot will love this book
  • There was also a hidden queer character who wasn’t too integral to the plot but a comment she made made me scream and squeal in delight.

Rex Huerta: He is about seventeen years old and he’s Mexican-American; his parents have immigrated illegally. He starts coding and becoming a genius at it whilst grieving over his older brother, Teo, who ran away. He creates a program called WALKABOUT to find Teo, but he creates the program so well that it can only be run on a quantum computer, one of the rarest computers in the world.

Rex reminded me of a friend and I liked the connection to his (Rex’s) life that were made. We see how deeply Rex loves and cares for his parents and how their immigration status affects him, his actions, and how he views opportunities. This is important because the story of a person with family members of an illegal immigration status is not a story that is told, it is a story that is often hidden from media and so teenagers who might be similar situations to this main character seldom have opportunities to read stories they can totally relate to or relate to in this aspect of their lives, which is a disadvantage. We see how much he loves his friends: Tunde and Painted Wolf, which I love because these two other main characters and their friendship t Rex isn’t portrayed as less than or less real because of the fact that it’s through the communication of electrical devices and an internet connection. The friendship is just as developed, nuanced, and strong as close friendships that are more local. I loved this because I think that it is just so important in a society where online friendships are constantly devalued and given a surrounding of stigma because of other factors. Online friendships are real friendships, connecting with people is not somehow less possible because it has to primarily be through a mobile device and you have to plan meetups or you can only meetup once or a couple of times a year. School is also portrayed, in relation to Rex, as feeling less important than his friends and  I appreciated his humor, snark, and talent. You will love this character immediately.

Tunde Oni: Tunde is fourteen years old and lives in Akika Village, Nigeria, Africa with his parents who are important to him and he is well loved by his village because he created a solar operated satellite that brings internet to his village which s how he is able to communicate with his friends. He works with “repurposed materials” to create engineeing mastepieces and he is a humble, adorable character He is like the youngest brother of The LODGE family and there are many moments when his humor and compassion will just make you smile or go, “Awww!”

Painted Wolf: is a badass. Painted Wolf is a sixteen year old girl that lives in Podung, China. She is an advocate who courageously exposes corrupt officials in her country. She also comes from a humble background of parents who work seriously hard to where they currently are. In her life, she comes across a  quiet, hardworking student who never gets under an A or her father gets concerned. But when she becomes Painted Wolf, she becomes a whole other being. Her problem solving skills are impeccable, she is the character that can solve any problem that you place before and is an awesome investigator but so much work goes into what she does that it doesn’t seem all that far fetched, but just amazing and has you wanting to high five her if you can suspend your disbelief to an extent. She is a woman of power, of compassion, and who risks her parents for her LODGE family. That, to me, was absolutely beautiful because it shows how good friendships can feel like familial bonds and how it can inspire you to want to go to great lengths to take care of that person because they have become your blood and this is such an important nuance that  think needs to be shown. Again, online teen friendships and teen friendships in general are so devalued, but this book shows the bond, how important it can be, and the things accomplished with a genuine connection and that proves this book a masterpiece of a debut, true values that are only just appearing in young adult literature.

 

The plot is really intriguing and is guaranteed to keep you turning the pages. The art is interesting and catches your attention. The formatting, as in, the inserted text messages/instant messages/emails/pictures and the countdown was also something I really liked.

This book was the most interesting I have read in a while and I am looking forward to buying my own copy and reading the sequel next year because as soon as I finished I needed that sequel. i hope you’ll decide to pick up this novel as well on 6 OR 7 June 2016 :0

And should you do so: WELCOME TO THE REVOLUTION.

 

 

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