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    Tuesday, August 07, 2007

    Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
    Life is tough when you're a young genius. There aren't many things that hold a challenge for you -- home security systems hold no challenge, computers are cake, failing an entire class at school is child's play, and wreaking havoc on the highways is merely a week's work. Such is the life of Cadel Piggott, adopted young genius, until he enters the Axis Institute -- a college designed specifically for him by his jailed father. With courses like Cultural Appreciation (Forgery), Personal Presentation (Disguise), Computer Science (Infiltration), and Accounting (Embezzlement), Cadell has very little time for boredom -- especially since he's decided to make use of the computer lab to tap into all the campus communications. But pretty soon students begin to go missing -- or show up dead, and Cadell begins to wonder -- is it all his fault? And then he discovers some dangerous secrets -- and he winds up kidnapped....
    An entertaining enough book; I was quite excited by the title and description, and got off to a rip-roaring start (I mean, really -- who hasn't wanted to take over the world!?). The characters were fun, but a little flat and stereotypical of villainous folk, and it's hard to even worry too much about Cadel. Nevertheless, if you're out to take over the world, this is a good place to start.
    Y FICTION Jinks

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