Idiot Genius: Willa Snap and the Clockwerk Boy

Idiot Genius: Willa Snap and the Clockwerk Boy

Shortlisted for the International Rubery Book Award for Young Adult (winner TBA)Independent Publisher Book Award Medal Winner for Juvenile FictionNational Indie Excellence Award for Juvenile FictionEric Hoffer Finalist for Young AdultWilla always knew one of her mother’s crazy inventions would cause trouble. She just didn’t think it would get the family imprisoned for life...

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Title:Idiot Genius: Willa Snap and the Clockwerk Boy
Author:Richard Due
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Edition Language:English

Idiot Genius: Willa Snap and the Clockwerk Boy Reviews

  • Daniel Paul

    I was a Beta-reader for this book. I was supposed to be writing notes and comments in the margins but the book sucked me in so quickly and the pace was so fluid I was suddenly there at the end satisfied - with the edit pen still uncapped. Mr. Due's writing reminds me of a series of paintings where the artist uses the brightest colors and contrast available - just as those paintings please the eye his style and word choice please the reader. What a delight that his writing technique is complement

    I was a Beta-reader for this book. I was supposed to be writing notes and comments in the margins but the book sucked me in so quickly and the pace was so fluid I was suddenly there at the end satisfied - with the edit pen still uncapped. Mr. Due's writing reminds me of a series of paintings where the artist uses the brightest colors and contrast available - just as those paintings please the eye his style and word choice please the reader. What a delight that his writing technique is complemented nicely by a truly unique, quirky, intelligent, and fun plot that left me at the end of the book wanting to learn more. This is definitely a book that will entertain the age group he has targeted and I suspect older readers as well. If you buy this book you'd do yourself a favor by blocking out some time to read it as you won't want to put it down until you are closing the cover with a smile.

  • Abbie Coon

    Willamina Snap is an eleven year old girl who lived in Cambridge Massachusetts. One day, her and her family got taken to Grandeur, a city in a bubble that’s full of crazy things like “brewed” animal human hybrids, and sentient “clockwerks” or robots. In Grandeur, there are three main types of people: Idiots, people with an IQ lower than 160, Genesises, people with an IQ at or above 160, and Idiot Geniuses. These are special because Idiot Geniuses were the reason for creating Grandeur in the firs

    Willamina Snap is an eleven year old girl who lived in Cambridge Massachusetts. One day, her and her family got taken to Grandeur, a city in a bubble that’s full of crazy things like “brewed” animal human hybrids, and sentient “clockwerks” or robots. In Grandeur, there are three main types of people: Idiots, people with an IQ lower than 160, Genesises, people with an IQ at or above 160, and Idiot Geniuses. These are special because Idiot Geniuses were the reason for creating Grandeur in the first place. They are Geniuses who invent dangerous things, without realizing that they’re dangerous. Willa’s mom happens to be an Idiot Genius, which is why her and her family are taken to Grandeur. While there, she meets new friends and possible enemies at her new school and goes on a crazy adventure to “save her timeline.” I would recommend this book to anyone who loves science fiction, or science/inventions in general! This book hooked me from the first page and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series when it comes out!

  • Donna Bresnak

    I received this book for free from goodreads

    I laughed out loud at many parts of this inventive clever steampunk book. it is pure antasy, fast paced and wonderful to read. I recommend it

  • Bridget

    Both my 13-year-old son and I were captivated by Willa Snap, her world, and her adventure. I was hooked at the Table of Contents alone: The Order of the Black Fez, The Tantalizing Ticket, and Villa da Vinci are all book titles in their own right! Willa must adapt quickly to a new life, which brings an urgent energy to a beautifully and whimsically detailed story. In addition to the intelligently-written narrative, Arcabascio's delightful illustrations are a real treat; there should be more clock

    Both my 13-year-old son and I were captivated by Willa Snap, her world, and her adventure. I was hooked at the Table of Contents alone: The Order of the Black Fez, The Tantalizing Ticket, and Villa da Vinci are all book titles in their own right! Willa must adapt quickly to a new life, which brings an urgent energy to a beautifully and whimsically detailed story. In addition to the intelligently-written narrative, Arcabascio's delightful illustrations are a real treat; there should be more clock punk cats in the world. The decisions that the characters have to make when faced with dilemmas feel very real, despite being out of this world. With its strong female protagonist, steampunk influence, myriad gadgets, descriptions of real life inventors and inventions, and quality writing, I can't recommend this book enough. Did I mention clock punk cats? I'm not sure that I would want to visit Grandeur, since it seems a bit challenging to go home again, but we sure are looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

  • Angela Marie

    A wonderfully written and delightful story for middle grade readers.

  • Mary

    Throughly enjoyed the character Willa and the storyline

  • Alyse

    • I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway •

    I'm rating this book as a 4.5 out of 5. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, however I wanted to feel more excitement. This doesn't deter my feelings at all to read the next book in the series, if anything I'm rather looking forward to it! The only thing I felt was hard to follow was the definition and distinguishing between who was a Idiot Genius and who wasn't. Mr. Due did explain the differences more than once but if you happen to not understand it th

    • I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway •

    I'm rating this book as a 4.5 out of 5. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, however I wanted to feel more excitement. This doesn't deter my feelings at all to read the next book in the series, if anything I'm rather looking forward to it! The only thing I felt was hard to follow was the definition and distinguishing between who was a Idiot Genius and who wasn't. Mr. Due did explain the differences more than once but if you happen to not understand it the first time, like me... I would advise to read the explanation very carefully and slowly.

    The book focuses on Willa Snap, who is whisked away to a dimensional futuristic land. Full of smart, sophisticated subjects. Each having their own special quirks. Willa has to discover who she is in this new world and a even greater mystery presents itself to her. First few chapters will have you wondering what Willa will do next. I was especially thrilled to know my favorite mythical creature exists in the pages of this book ;) That was a plus! Mr. Due's characters are developed well and the illustrations for this world Willa Snap lives in; Grandeur were fantastic, thank you Ms. Arcabascio. I do wish you could see more of what certain things look like but that would defeat the purpose in getting your imagination into gear. This book was full of adventure, having you get though page by page to see what would happen next. Quirky in some places but that is what made it so fun to read! If you're looking for a different genre to tickle your book-buds or something up-beat, give this book a try~

  • Patty Noonan

    I won this book as a FirstReads giveaway.

    To be honest and blunt, I struggled with it.

    I attempted to shift my mindset to that of a youngen and suspend my belief of reality but had a hard time believing an 11 year old would act so mature. I did enjoy how Willa was outspoken, brave, observant, passionate and reckless. I tried not to let the over descriptive world building get to me - once again I struggled to get into the mindset. (Over description is a pet peeve of mine with YA and adult books a

    I won this book as a FirstReads giveaway.

    To be honest and blunt, I struggled with it.

    I attempted to shift my mindset to that of a youngen and suspend my belief of reality but had a hard time believing an 11 year old would act so mature. I did enjoy how Willa was outspoken, brave, observant, passionate and reckless. I tried not to let the over descriptive world building get to me - once again I struggled to get into the mindset. (Over description is a pet peeve of mine with YA and adult books as well and I complain of it often.) I was pleased by the writing style, character development, flow and pace of action. It ended with a cliffhanger but still wrapped up the story well. The illustrations were lovely and I would have liked to see more of them. I have to be honest and rate it a 3 because it didn't really "grab" me like a 4 should.

  • Anzu Pai

    I was fascinated by the idea of Idiots vs Geniuses, but quite soon into the book I realised it is more suitable to a younger crowd. The world is beautifully, colorfully and comically depicted, yet the plot and characters are sadly lacking the depth I was looking for. In my head I started to compare this to the Harry Potter series - also aimed originally for children, but where the story evolves more naturally and with effort from the main characters. With "Idiot Genius", I was not able read past

    I was fascinated by the idea of Idiots vs Geniuses, but quite soon into the book I realised it is more suitable to a younger crowd. The world is beautifully, colorfully and comically depicted, yet the plot and characters are sadly lacking the depth I was looking for. In my head I started to compare this to the Harry Potter series - also aimed originally for children, but where the story evolves more naturally and with effort from the main characters. With "Idiot Genius", I was not able read past 2/3 and probably never will, simply because I was immensely annoyed by the fact all the adventures, comrades and knowledge was just handed to Willa on a silver plate without having to work for it.

    It is definitely an amazing book for kids, but kind of missed the mark in my case.

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