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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Mar 01, Kat rated it it was ok. Phineas Darkkon Cadel’s “father” – the founder of the Axis Cathefine, was imprisoned for various black market-related crimes. The deepest and most interesting friendship in the novel is the one that Cadel forms with Sonja. I have to say, Jerusalem, you have the most beautiful, beautiful name.

More By and About This Author. His genius IQ and his peculiar obsessions seem strange to his classmates. Cadel’s eventual redemption is all too obvious and all too slow in coming, and the complex plots he weaves aren’t particularly compelling. Few pleasures are quite as sublime as reading a book, enjoying it, and only afterwards realizing that you’re familiar with the author.

Jinkss LOVE how realistic and well-represented his teen years were. Mar 27, AH rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: He later attends the axis Institute and ultimately destroys it. Want to Read saving…. However, when I graduated middle-school in June, he still had to spend another year because he was in grade 7. Through a few encounters with people who accept him, he grows and cayherine a much better person, geniuss in contrast to those around him who are responsible for his care.

Catheriine now have a very close, albeit small, circle of friends who I would trust with my life. Unfortunately, that experience has never been repeated.

What’s the Name o Your books were the kind of books that put words to the things I felt, and helped me figure out who I was, and who I wanted to be.


At eight, he was orchestrating traffic jams. It makes it feel as though the very moment you opened the pages, and it became your book you know that feeling? Thaddeus then sets Cadel up with video conferences with In the book Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks the theme is that with hard work anything is possible.

Evil Genius

Inspired by Your Browsing History. 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 ijnks person.

I was cheering him one all the way. It is long, at almost pages, but the short, snappy chapters make it easy to get through. At first his class was very challenging for Cadel, but soon enough Cadel overcame this obstacle also.

Roth has been watching and waiting for Cadel for a long time: As a result, he is referred to Dr. To avoid spoilers, this is as much of the plot as I will reveal. I mean, I loved him, but most people will not. To the point and remarkably descriptive. Such behaviour is the sign of a very strongly conceived character — and possibly youth, as catherrine I was only about 26 when I wrote the first book in the Pagan series, and have rarely had such an intense experience with a character since.

Feb 20, Ceillie Simkiss rated it liked it Shelves: The cathefine was catchy and descriptive.

When he falls for the mysterious and brilliant Kay-Lee, he begins to question the moral implications of his studies for the first time. Overall, I believe this book to be very interesting and exciting. Evil Genius Genius 1 by Catherine Jinks.

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

Still, when re-reading the Genius series I often found myself recognizing similarities between Sonja and past patients of mine. Managing to get his entire twelfth grade class flunked at the age of thirteen.

It works well for it, and creates an interesting and layered view of Cadel as a character. Cadel works a nice piece of revenge on his classmates and none of them — for one reason or another — graduates on time. Were I not reading the title for an assignment, I would have given up.


The characterization is fascinating – none of the characters being drawn with a broad brush – and character development is one of this book’s strongest aspects.

Can I just say, though, as a mother, that staying up till four in the morning reading a book is not a good idea? Darkkon is sick of dim-wits running the show, and wants Cadel at his side to help him in this scheme. After working for several years in a bank, she married Peter Dockrill, a Canadian journalist, and lived for a short time in Nova Scotia, Canada. As a young male myself who is interested in both stories in all their forms and science, I really appreciated the accuracy with which you approached the scientific topics, namely computer science and mathematics.

I am unsure if I will read the next in the series. One of my favorite parts of this book was the amazing characters. Unknown to his adoptive parents, Roth is actually part of Darkkon’s league of evil and instead of helping Cadel with his issues, Roth is helping Cadel embrace his evil side and learning how to be the evil genius his father desires.

Cadel wrestles with his personal challenges in the midst of high-stakes criminal activity. Well, no need to break out the hat-dipping sauce, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d hoped either, even if it did meet the criteria. Admittedly the beginning leading into the middle was a bit boring, and I did skim read a little, but I found the end leaving me with that warm fuzzy feeling of “just right”.