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, 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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Evil Genius

And what was your favorite thing to do when you were a kid? His development is realistic, and I appreciated that. The second, and no less meaningful reason is the depth of the story, and the characters within it. At seven, he was illegally hacking into computers.

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The story was intriguing enough that I stuck with it, though. Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix. To comply with the Wikipedia quality standardsthis book-related article may require cleanup. Evil Genius is the story of Cadel Piggott. Read the full review here! I owe that to your books so thanks.

Character Development is quite excellent in this novel, and watching Cadel grow up and change throughout the novel is incredibly engaging. One of my favourite Harry Potter books is The Order of the Phoenixand a great deal of that book is involved with school – classes, homework, not much action until the very end.

The reader was perfect for me. Ask me who Catherine Jinks was before I read “Evil Genius” and you’d have met with a blank stare accompanied by some rapid-fire blinking. The Best Books of His genius IQ and his peculiar obsessions seem strange to his classmates. Part of it could be that this is billed as the first part of a larger series, and I just don’t much care for that. Definitely ended on a cliffhanger, so since I’ve got the others on my shelf as well I might as well finish reading them: Part of the problem is that Cadel – who doesn’t narrate but whose perspective, if you can call it that, is the only one we get – doesn’t have much charisma, and his disinterest in other people makes him alienating without being interesting.

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I am a guy who normally likes the bad guys in books and movies better than the heroes because being evil is so much more fun. Still, I love the idea of an Evil Child Genius.

Caatherine example, she shows us that our own negligent or even well-intentioned actions can have consequences that make our behaviors seem evil to others. I will try to approach the rest of the trilogy with an open mind and trust Jinks to stay true to her style. Instead it came across as subdued, and for that I’ll give it an equally subdued 6.

The book is action-packed. Cadel is almost unbelievably bright, and his deviations into mathematics and the wonders of the periodic table may loose a few readers. Perhaps the most interesting character, however, is Thadeus.

View all 21 comments. You know that feeling when you not just read a book, but live it? Then I read it, and WOW! Life just gets worse while he is suppose to be getting help!


An engrossing thriller with darkness and humor, freaks and geeks, Evil Genius explores the fine line between good and evil in a strange world of manipulations and subterfuge where nothing is as it seems.

What can this book teach?: This book dragged on too much and I don’t have the patience for it; too many other books out there to read, so I won’t waste my time on a book I’m not enjoying. Her te I’m not sure why I picked this audio book up, but I’m glad that I did. This is a book I probably wouldn’t have picked up on my own. Roth encourages the boy to develop increasingly destructive plans, such as orchestrating massive traffic jams and manipulating his classmates’ emotions so that they turn on one another.

So, maybe my rating of this book is entirely comparative.

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The website link was an old one instituted by my publishers, and they might have decided to scrap the website by now. I hope he appears in the next book.

Yet Cadel put in the hard work and was able to complete the plans and create his computer phone. The coming-of-age narrative is interwoven with the conventions of another genre: Want to Read saving….