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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At seven, Cadel Piggott was hacking into computer jiks. At eight, he was orchestrating traffic jams. At twelve, he was sabotaging construction sites. For more information, visit the Axis Institute website. However in my opinion Evil Genius is the best ever.

Cadel rides right up there with Artemis Fowl as a sympathetic anti-villain. Although Cadel himself will in the end deny evil, he learns that no one remains untouched by it.

It is long, at almost pages, but the short, snappy chapters make it easy to get through. This will appeal to adults and teenagers alike. Oh, Catherine Jinks…where to begin? To say that your Evil Genius trilogy holds my three favorite books would be ccatherine understatement. You know that feeling when you not just read a book, but live it? And the characters become such important family and friends that you forget how to remember what your life felt like back before you knew of their existence?

It makes it feel as though the very moment you opened the pages, and it became your book you know that feeling? The first, and most important reason, is the relationship between Cadel and Prosper.

The second, and no less meaningful reason is the depth of the story, and the characters within it. So when I read Evil Genius and there it was, so perfectly set, one layer gently upon the other and so forth, it sparked in me an excitement and a new passion for writing I had never had before. I love reaching, and feeling, and experiencing the very core of a person or a situation. But it never occurred to me that that way that I live and enjoy life could be placed on the pages of a fictional story.

Not until I read Evil Genius and I could see the layers of the unfolding story, and felt as though I could cagherine the spirits of the characters as I might in an actual person.

Another reason that just cxtherine to me are the twists within the story. I have a particular talent for profiling a book and accurately guessing how it will end, but Evil Genius was one book that blindsided me and not just once, either.

I was very appreciative of the unexpected twists and turns and I greatly commend you for them. My sister who some days I could almost believe adores this trilogy even more than I do and I have spent many hours having ridiculously in-depth discussions about your characters. It always reignites a passion in me for it, these books. I have to read Evil Genius again. So I have three little stories that happened jibks me in connection to your trilogy that I hope you find as amusing as I did:.

The first happened about the fourth time, I think, that I read Evil Genius. Back in the house where I grew up my family recently movedwe had a small room next to our kitchen. I think it was originally supposed to be some kind of breakfast area or some such, but my mom had converted it into a sitting area. A lot catherin my family members often read there. It gets better every time I read it, I swear; and I bu find a new layer in it to dissect and examine.


It was about four in the morning. I was geniue into your book that I had almost entirely forgotten real life existed. My entire family had long since gone to bed with the exception of my eldest sister, who used to always stay up very late into the hoursand so I was alone in ctaherine Cadel, though, of course.

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I believe I was reading Chapter Thirty-Five that was always one of my favorite chapters, catherie I love organization and that chapter feels so organizedand it was sucking me in until I felt like I had actually gone through the pages and became Cadel.

I probably looked a little crazy, sitting there with my gsnius so wide, haha. I think my heart was pounding as I relived with Cadel the realization of everything that had been playing out underneath his very nose. And it was as I sat there, ignoring the whistling of our freezer and the quiet sounds of my sister going to bed, that I heard a sound that was out of place.

My eyes darted around like a cornered animal for a moment, and then I went straight back to reading, my heart pounding even more. Every time I read your Evil Genius trilogy I get really jumpy for some reason.

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But anyway, the second little story was even better. I had finished reading a little bit earlier this time, and had set the book down at my bedside. I ended up fully awakening and realized I had just been dreaming, but it was great. That might sound a little funny, but I like it when things like that happen, because it helps me to understand the characters a little better.

Now, I suppose I should stop blabbering on forever and a half. I had sort of rushed through it at the time, though, so I plan on reading it again to better soak it in, and then continuing on to the rest of that series. I look forward to reading more of your work. Have you ever thought about middle names for your characters? I love thinking about middle names for my characters, so I wondered if you ever had.

I would apologize for such a lengthy comment, but such an amazing trilogy deserves at least this much praise. Thank you so much for your time! Unfortunately, that experience has never been repeated. It sounds to me as if you may have come very, very close to the experience of living in a book, you lucky girl.

Can I just say, though, as a mother, that staying up till four cathsrine the morning reading a book is not a good idea?

Thank you so much for writing to me with such honesty and enthusiasm, even though I find the enthusiasm just a little bit incomprehensible. You really find my books THAT good?

New comment posted on Evil Genius. Thank you so much for your response! That passion is the reason for my enthusiasm. Does that make the least bit of sense? Anyway, I thank you again for your response.

Wow, James, what a compliment! Thank you so much! You have to have brains to read that. Hey I just have to say wow. I am just so in love with your books. I remember reading the second book first Heresy I know back in when I was just eleven years old. I was confused and but down the book but last year I re-picked it back up and read it from start to finish, then picked up the first one, then re-read the second and finally the third.


I can safely say those hours without sleep were worth it. Your books are on my top shelf in my room and are always some of the first I recommend to others.

What can I say but thank you so much? So that makes me very pleased. It pleases me greatly that you take the time out of your day to message your fans and in my opinion that makes you an even greater role model. I have been tasked with the duty of creating a presentation on identity for an assignment and was told to use some literary sources to present the struggles of finding oneself and a sense of identity, your books were the first that sprung to mind.

I always loved your books as I found myself relating more and more to Cadel Not in the criminal for a father, awesome hacking skills and previous enrollment to Axis as I found myself trying to devise a social algorithm myself at one stage and failed miserably.

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I now have a very close, albeit small, circle of friends who I would trust with my life. I owe that to your books so thanks. Well first off, the whole question of replying or not replying in these situations? Not about the Internet. I bet it was you. You just worked things out, and evul my books helped a little. Thank you so much for passing it on.

I have to admit, it makes me wonder about myself, sometimes. And I sit here day after day, hardly speaking to anyone except my family, hammering away at a keyboard … hmm.

How could I be? Thanks so much, Lou! I picked this book up in 7th grade and was so taken by it that I ended up reading it in one night! I shook with nerves during tense scenes and I paced my room all night!

I immediately told my best friend about it and together we read the series through to its conclusion a couple years later. But I spotted the Genius series and I re-read it in three days. It was like a breath of fresh air! My jinjs disappeared and I was able to relax for the first time in a while! I remembered exactly where I was jins in my life when I first read each book!

I recalled how I felt about each character, all of whom are so familiar and so real that they feel like family at this point! And thanks for the wonderful message, which gave me SUCH geius boost.

It would be lovely to get you all in a big room and have you meet each other!

Anyway, I hope you pass your exams with flying colours and go on to have a very successful, enthralling career.

And thanks for keeping my books so close!