Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout was a fantastic book that better have a sequel for the way it left me hanging by a thread at the end! To say I enjoyed it would be an understatement. What made the book so intriguing were the three separate perspectives that were cycling through the story. If you ever watched Law and Order SVU, Detective Munch was a conspiracy theorist. This whole concept would have even twisted his head around in circles. There are so many plots and subplots that at first I had to re-read a few pages to make sure I was understanding all that was going on. I will say though that the book was helpful when in many situations it would show a picture of what was being discussed.
That being said, the three main characters, Rex, Tunde, and Painted Wolf are in for the adventure of a lifetime, where the stakes are life or death. When the three of them arrive on the scene to The Game, only the biggest competition of all time, they all arrive with a feeling that not all is as it appears.
For Tunde, he is here not only for The Game, but also for his family and village that has been effectively held hostage by a military warlord. For Painted Wolf, after meeting the mysterious Kiran, she feels that something is not right, that he is hiding something and potentially as dangerous as all the men she has spent a life time exposing on her blog. Meanwhile Rex had to lie and cheat his way in, all to have a chance to find his brother and help out his friends. As the seconds count down ever closer to zero time and the games stakes rise, will they be able to help one another or die trying?
I am giving this book 4/5 stars for a book I really enjoyed, the only reason I hold off on the full 5 is the abrupt ending without a hint of whether there will be a second book or not. This will be great for Science Fiction fans and with a bit better character development in the hoped for book 2, I believe the Genius series has the potential to be great (if it ever comes to fruition).
I received this book for free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.