Rebel Genius by Michael Dante DiMartino

Rebel Genius

A new fantasy-adventure series from the co-creator of the hit animated shows Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra!In twelve-year-old Giacomo's Renaissance-inspired world, art is powerful, dangerous, and outlawed. Every artist possesses a Genius, a birdlike creature that is the living embodiment of an artist's creative spirit. Those caught with one face a punished akin to death, so when Giacomo discovers he has a Genius, he knows he'...

Details Rebel Genius

TitleRebel Genius
Release DateOct 4th, 2016
PublisherRoaring Brook Press
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Adventure

Reviews Rebel Genius

  • Aleshia (Mad Scibrarian)
    I received an eBook arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I love Avatar: The Last Airbender and was super excited to learn about this book by one of the show's co-creators. It is a little like Avatar with having an interesting world. Artists are basically able to perform magic using shapes. They do this through the usage of Geniuses, an animal companion with a magical gem. The Supreme Ruler, however, has made it illegal for all Geni...
  • Rachael ( RachaelRexds )
    I picked this book up from the library and after reading 3 chapters of it, I was immediately hooked. Rebel Genius is fast paced from the start, very action packed and full of adventure! It had a very unique concept as compared to other fantasy novels and I loved the use of art and illustrations to help guide you through the story. It also has a wonderful cast of characters and it focuses a lot of friendship. If you're looking for a fantasy book w...
  • Avery (ThePagemaster)
    What sold me into buying and reading this book? That the author is the co-creator of the second best animated show known to mankind?!(Teen Titans is still #1 to me #sorrynotsorry)BING! BING! BING!Now, without trying to label this as the next A:tLA, or dare I say, better, the overall story seems like you've read it before: You have Giacomo, an orphan, with a knack for drawing and art, in a world, where having a Genius, a birdlike creature that rep...
  • Kelly
    *I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*2.75 Stars Overall. My heart cries a little. So close. This book was a long john doughnut that somehow never got the custard filling. You still got a doughnut. Score. But, that filling would have made it awesome.As a big fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender, I was super excited to not only find out DiMartino was writing a new fantasy series but that I also was approved f...
  • Martha
    A hella enjoyable MG fantasy adventure, featuring genuinely surprising twists -- will absolutely be recommending it to my nieces and nephews.Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan for the ARC!
  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    I am so impressed with this book! I loved every second of it! There are definite influences of the Italian Renaissance in the setting through the artwork, architecture, and names. The writing is full of action, mystery, and magic, and of course, the characters are absolutely delightful. They feel like real people, varied and interested, changing and growing all the time, each with their own secrets and agendas.Giacomo is an orphan, living on the ...
  • Allison
    This is only the second middle grade novel I've read this year and it was pretty awesome. Even though it says it right on the cover, I somehow didn't catch that the author is one half of the creative team behind Avatar: The Last Airbender until right before I read it. You can definitely see that influence here, and this is JUST AS FUN.
  • Richard Corbett
    Filled with puzzles and illustrations this exciting unique surprising novel takes place in the middle ages, with artists as heroes. I will be eager to see where he takes the next one.
  • Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
    Review originally posted on Mostly YA Lit:Note: This review is written by my husband, Evan. Rebel Genius, the new middle-grade fantasy novel by Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra creator Michael Dante DiMartino has a very unique central character, Giacomo. He’s 12-years old, homeless, and he’s an artist in the land of Virenzia, where art has been effectively outlawed by the evil Supreme Creator Nerezza.I should probably note that ...
  • Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛
    -POTENTIAL SPOILERS- I was really surprised by how many people didn't like this book. Okay, it's a childrens' book, but it can't help that. I think it was quite well-written for a childrens' book, and for some who indiscriminately reads them with ease, that's saying a lot. A lot of people were comparing to this author's big creation, Avatar, but I didn't think that was very fair either. Yes, there were definite similarities, and while I would've ...
  • Julia
    I received by copy for free through Goodreads giveaways. This book states it's for ages 8-12, however I would recommend 10-12. It's relatively long for the average reader, but for bookworms out there, I would recommend it. There are small sketches throughout which is great for the visual person. I will be donating this to the school library I run to get some more use out of it. I'm sure the kids will love it.
  • Austin Phadoungsyavong
    I like good book and some mystery because start kid doing and move like soul in body but he in old man and he don't know what look like body or face then meet man and little give problem he ask to him was old man but he was kid because inside old man's body.
  • Suna
    I did enjoy the whole concept of Geniuses and the arts. This is a really good introduction for this new fantasy series but I found some things sloppy, especially at the beginning, but it all tied up nicely at the end. I definitely want to know where the story goes!
  • Diana Ramirez
    Obviously DiMartino knows how to create a really good story. I think is a great first book, with tiny little flaws. It is a children's book, kinda hard for children to really understand (like ATLA). The beginning wasn't very good, but as you keep reading it gets better.
  • Gail Bullard
    Not bad for a first time book. But being a fan of both the Avatar series I was hoping for more.
  • Claire
  • Grace
    Review originally posted on my blog: https://quirkyandpeculiar.wordpress.c...I’m amazed and awed that I enjoyed this book so much. Although I probably shouldn’t be because this author co-created Avatar: The Last Airbender so I mean how could I not love his work?So starting off with the fact that this is a middle grade book and I don’t really read middle grade books that often anymore. I thought that because of it’s directed age range I wo...
  • Bridget
    Yeah... DiMartino should stick to scriptwriting.Pros:- The idea is amazing. "Art is magic" is such a cool concept that really hasn't been the focus of many other books at all (at least of what I'm aware of).- The setting is interesting. It's refreshing to see a Renaissance Italy inspired setting over the typical Medieval England/Celtic setting that seems to dominate fantasy nowadays (my main fantasy project also happens to take place in a fiction...
  • Tamara McCool
    As an avid fan of AVATAR:THE LAST AIRBENDER I was excited about this book. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to the hype for me. Rebel Genius tells the story of Giacomo, who lives in a world where art is both magical and forbidden. Small birdlike creatures called Genius bond to artists and help them to turn art into magic. These creatures are outlawed, and being caught with one can mean a fate worse than death. So, when Giacomo bonds with hi...
  • Jeff Raymond
    Closer to a 3.5.It's great to see middle grade books going a little darker in some regards, and even to see some tropes refreshed. Rebel Genius will get attention because of the author's association with Avatar: The Last Airbender, but it really should get some points more because of its treatment of the familiar/spirit animal motif.The setting is sort of a Renaissance-era Europe where artists get Geniuses, a sort of familiar that represents thei...
  • Elizabeth
    My life was changed by "Avatar: The Last Airbender," so I was excited to see what DiMartino had pursued creatively in the years since Avatar came out. I admit, I was a bit leery of his foray into prose, and I am so disappointed to be validated. "Rebel Genius" started off fun and exciting with young protagonist Giacomo studying an old work of art in a country where artists had been rounded up and banned. Artists are also gifted with Genuises, bird...
  • Bridget Hodder
    I absolutely. cannot. wait.