As a fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender, I was super excited to pick up Rebel Genius at ALA Orlando over the summer. This is gonna be awesome, right? Right? It’s gonna get awesome, right? This will get better, right? Right?
Basically the summary of Rebel Genius is that paint brushes are wands and painting geometrically shapes results in the creation of ‘things’. If it doesn’t really make sense to you, don’t worry I read the book and I still don’t get it.
Ugh. I so wanted to love this and about 50 pages in, I was hoping to just like it. By page 70, I just wanted this to be over. While the story moved super quickly, it was plagued with bad acting. Never knew that a book could have bad acting but I guess there is a first time for everything. The ‘magic’ was seriously confusing and at some point I gave up trying to follow the reasoning. The bad guys while ‘evil’ never evoked any kind emotion. Bad guy bad. Eh. I guess. Rebel Genius does have illustrations that helped me visualize the convoluted story better, so I will give DiMartino credit for that. But I have never so much wanted to stop reading a book as I have with this. I was stress eating for most of it, hoping to push myself through it. I never felt connect to the story or its characters. I will say that the last 40 pages or so where bearable but by that point I just wanted it to be over.
Worst book of 2016, possibly.