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. With a series of breakneck twists and turns, Jinks’s (the Pagan Chronicles) latest novel follows Cadel Piggott, a seven-year-old Australian boy. Evil Genius. by Catherine Jinks. At the age of seven, when you and I were learning our multiplication tables, Cadel Piggott was studying.

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In some ways, YA is an unusual category. But it never fails to engross me. He is exceptionally brilliant and is skipped ahead in public school, which of course makes him younger than his classmates and consequently a social outcast. His quest for moral direction is complicated by Phineas Darkkon, an evil genius of sorts whom he is told is his father, and Thaddeus Roth, his psychologist whom the police identify as Prosper English, a notorious criminal and right-hand man of Dr.

And for another, he’s the son of the evil Dr. No Saints in Kansas. The Search for TK.

Nonetheless, I have been in the position of both Cadel with his feelings of superiority and everyone else to whom he felt superior. Cadel does not yet know that this school was founded a few years ago specifically for him, to train and mentor him in the skills needed to become a criminal mastermind — like his real father. My stress disappeared and I was able to relax for the first time in a while!

Darkkon, and who later also claims to be Cadel’s father. But after a few exchanges of words Cadel says “I minks think about it”. At seven, he was illegally hacking into computers. The bad guys are deliciously evil and our hero Cadel is just as bad. His classmates include a young man from Liverpool whose stench is so bad he veil 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.


Bored out of his skull, Cadel quite naturally gets into some mischief in this case some computer hackingby causing mass transit and such.

Evil Genius

Views Read Edit View history. He disrupts things and causes distress to others just to see if he can do it. The narrative was descriptive venius detailed, but boring to me. The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm. God knows we need as much science as we can get, nowadays …. Dec 21, Arminzerella rated it liked it Shelves: I worked through the night and early morning creating the perfect report. She grew up in Papua New Guinea, where her father worked as a patrol jink. On the whole however, I was most disappointed with how little I cared about Cadel.

Did you ever liked reading books when you were a kid? I also have a lot of friends on the North Shore, so it was amazing to see a story catheribe set in Sydney! This reaches a peak when, motivated by spite, loneliness and rejection, he sabotages the Year 12 exams of his classmates.

May 26, Anne rated it liked it Shelves: But even that doesn’t work out well, and with the ending a jumble of kidnappings, I geniuss a little dizzy keeping it all straight. However I have taken much to much time explaining it. It was absolutely wonderful to read a book written on this level – this is seriously not a book for people who have trouble with simple html formatting, and technobabble serious and humorous abounds.

They didn’t inform me about Cadel in particular.

When he falls for the mysterious and brilliant Kay-Lee, he begins to question the moral implications of his studies for the first time. This book is very, very unique, like, I have never read a book quite like this one before, and I am very happy about that.

Thirteen year old genius Cadel Piggott lives in Sydney Australia with his distracted parents. His teachers try to engage him, but Cadel is only focused on his own interests, and he mostly creeps everyone out.

That said, I’m frantic to read the next in the series. This tiny contact with someone outside his intimate circle proves to be just enough to get him to start questioning his very life. 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. Catherine has been writing books since she was eight years old.


YA is a distinctive category, but it also has continuities with the wider corpus of literature. Again, as with all my reviews, this summary will be short and sweet in order to avoid major spoi Did I like this book?: Lanna Piggot was a fashion and makeup consultant but later became an interior decorator. My email address is: Sep 06, Montzalee Wittmann rated it it was amazing.

I could not force myself to care about such a person or about what happened to them. This will appeal to adults and teenagers alike. It’s a place where explosions occur often, where students test their potions on each other and where cheating is admired – so long as you don’t get caught.

I cut a giant computer and pasted it on my poster board. This unusual behavior lands Cadel in trouble with the law.

On ‘Evil Genius’, by Catherine Jinks – Griffith Review

In she married Peter Dockrill, a Canadian journalist; in she and her husband left Australia for a brief spell in Nova Scotia, where she began to write full time. Those are my questions for you and I really hope that you geniux back to me I would be very happy.

By grade 11, we had become inseparable and on March 7th,we began dating. I can’t be bothered wasting my time with this book. Read the full review here! Sequels in the trilogy are Genius Squad and Genius Wars.