Genius List


Young Adult - Sci-Fi
318 Pages
Reviewed on 01/21/2019
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Author Biography

Reginald Williams is from Rockwall, Texas.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

The Genius List by Reginald Williams is pure fun! When I saw the title, I half expected a “wheels within wheels” type of complex story that would be hard to follow, but Mr. Williams keeps it simple and straightforward, or as straightforward as a time traveling novel can be. It is first and foremost a novel for young people. The type of novel I would have loved to have come across when I was a young boy reading Heinlein and Asimov. I highly recommend The Genius List to young readers but make no mistake, adults will enjoy it too. If you are a parent, you can read it, then pass it on to your kids. This is a thoughtful, well-written novel that the entire family can enjoy and talk about together.

There is writing and then there is writing. The Genius List is well written, but well written for a particular audience; young people. Most of the characters are renowned figures from history - Sir Isaac Newton, Napoleon Bonaparte, Genghis Khan, etc. But we get to see them as kids, before they have made their great contributions. I loved this aspect of the novel and Reginald Williams should be commended for coming up with such a great idea. The characters are great. The plot is interesting. The whole thing comes together to make a fun, completely enjoyable novel. I thoroughly enjoyed The Genius List. And I think you will too. No matter how old you are, or what your IQ is, it will be a fun ride.

Sefina Hawke

Genius List by Reginald Williams is a young adult science fiction story that would appeal most to a mixed audience made up of teens and tweens who enjoy science fiction stories where the main character is a teenager. When Cindy Sanders was seventeen years old, she wrote an equation for an operational time machine which landed her name on the genius list. Cindy's life was forever altered when Empress Zelda in the year 2242 decides to activate the genius list to prevent a catastrophe that will affect the Acendia Empire in three months. Cindy finds herself captured, taken out of her time, and placed in an experiment with other geniuses pulled from different time periods. Cindy has a choice to make: will she choose to become a lab rat or will she choose to band together with other geniuses to lead an uprising?

Genius List by Reginald Williams is a well written book filled with realistic characters, naturally flowing dialogue, and an unpredictable plot. Cindy Sanders was easily my favorite character, but I really liked how some of the other geniuses were well known historical figures like Genghis Khan, Napoleon Bonaparte, Marie Curie, Sun Tzu, Leonardo da Vinci, Cleopatra, and many more. I really liked how the author changed between the characters' perspectives and different time periods for different chapters as it allowed me to not only get a feel for some of the different characters, but also for how events were moving in different time periods. Overall, I really enjoyed reading Genius List by Reginald Williams and if it had been around when I was a teenager, it would have been my favorite book!