Catherine Jinks grew up in Papua New Guinea and now resides in New South Wales, Australia. She is a three-time winner of the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year award and has received the Centenary Medal for her contribution to Australian children's literature. Her popular works for young readers include the Evil Genius series, The Reformed Vampire Support Group, and the trilogy that began with How to Catch a Bogle. Visit her website at www.catherinejinks.com.
Fans of the previous books in the 'Genius' series will not be disappointed. Cadel and his friends Hamish and Sonja from the Genius Squad have now gone to university, where they are studying computer engineering and advanced mathematics. Despite the influence of his foster-parents-Saul, a policeman, and Fiona, a social worker-Cadel still has no moral problem in illegally hacking into secure systems for a good cause, initially to allow Sonja to get round the university more easily. But despite the global effort to capture him, the evil Prosper English has been caught on close-circuit TV in various parts of Sydney and Cadel's first experience of a 'normal' life is disrupted. Then terrible 'accidents' begin to threaten everyone Cadel loves, and he realises that it's again up to him to discover his nemesis and confront him-wherever Prosper may be-even though the authorities still think of Cadel as a child, rather than the computer genius he is. The high-tech world of the 'Genius' series is again going to fascinate readers; the stakes are high, and the pace keeps the reader wanting to know what happens next. This is a thoroughly enjoyable addition to the series. Dr Sue Page teaches creative writing and children's literature at the University of South Australia
"Cyber-espionage takes both front seats in this conclusion to the outstanding Genius series....the climax is taut, absorbing and tantalizingly ambiguous." --Kirkus, starred review"Full-throttled plot....will command the attention of even non-techie readers until Jinks's final plot twists wind to a close." --Horn Book