Jake McQuade is the smartest kid in the universe and hes back to defend his title!
This time, he is heading off to a camp for geniuses sponsored by billionaire tech mogul (and brilliant inventor) Zane Zinkle.
But genius camp is not like regular camp. There are limo-buses, robot polar bears, and high-tech cabins with high-tech toilets! But it isnt all fun and brain games at camp, especially when Jake goes up against the artificially intelligent Virtuoso quantum computer – the smartest machine in the universe – which also happens to be Zinkles latest genius creation! Its boy versus bot in this epic showdown packed with smores, puzzles, action, adventure, and hilarious, jelly bean-fueled fun!
I love how Jake wants to use his smarts to help others. Most people would use them for their own gain. Hes trying to make the most of his abilities because he doesnt know when or if the intelligence jelly beans he ate are permanent or only temporary.
Zane Zinkle is your classic cartoon supervillain. Hes like a younger version of Mr. Burns from The Simpsons. He even tents his fingers together while saying Excellent in a sinister way.
If youve read Chris Grabensteins other book series, Mr. Lemoncellos Library, youll recognize Abia Sulayman as one of the genius camp campers. I read the first three books in the Lemoncello series, and they were okay, but they focused too much on wackiness and games for my liking. I liked Abia Sulayman. Shes naturally intelligent and, like most brilliant people, a bit socially inept. She was a great addition to Jakes team.
The moral of the story: spending too much time on your screens, eating junk food, and blindly following advertisements can be bad for your health and brain.
Ill end my review here out of fear of spoiling the story. The story ends with Jake and his friend Kojo setting off on another adventure, which means there will be a book 3.