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CHERUB 1: The Recruit
A terrorist doesn't let strangers into her flat because they might be undercover police, but her children bring their mates home. She doesn't know that a kid has bugged her house. The kid works for CHERUB. CHERUB kids slip under adult radar and get information that sends criminals to jail.
When you were younger, did you ever pretend to be a spy or did you want to be one when you grew up? This book is a must read for all adolescents because it does not have a single dull moment and you will wish Cherub: The Recruit was completely true.
One of the main reasons this book is so outstanding is that there is not a single dull moment. It is filled with action scenes described so brilliantly and you will be so engrossed, you won’t be able to put the book down. The book is full of twists and turns with completely unexpected developments that keep you in suspense. The author uses a large amount of verbs to keep the action constant and he uses short, sharp sentences to add impact. With its highly descriptive action scenes and unpredictable events, this book is sure to capture reader’s attention.
Another reason is, this book is so great that you will wish it was completely true. The way the book is written makes it feel believable that kids could have the skills to perform as actual spies. This appeals to readers as it turns their fantasy into what seems like a reality. The author describes the kids as being able do many things that you would only expect a highly trained adult to do, which makes it seem more exciting and keeps the reader interested. This book, being so believable, yet is still a fantasy, will have readers hooked for life.
Some people may argue that the first chapter of this book is uninteresting, but the first chapter of this book is one of the most important because it sets the scene superbly and this is vital for readers to understand the entirety of the book in depth. Others might say that that this book is unrealistic, but this is untrue because, even though the fact that kids are spies may seem a bit unrealistic, the way the book is written makes the plot seem like something that could happen to us any day.
This book is a perfect read for adolescents because of its engrossing action scenes and believable plot. But the best news yet is that this book is just the first book of the series. There are many more fantastic reads to come!
By Nadia C
Although I had previously read, Divine Madness, I went back from the start. Robert Muchamore has done a superb job on this book, the whole conception of James going from a drop out to a secret agent for MI5 is a very original and well finished idea. This books leaks action and will suck you in almost straight away, although the first couple of chapters were a tiny bit boring although this is expected with such a complex story. Great read
Do you want to read an amazing, exciting and fast paced book that you won't be able to put down? CHERUB: The Recruit is the book for you! It follows the story of James, whose life isn't really going to plan. After his mother passes away and his sister gets taken from him, he gets picked up by CHERUB. CHERUB is a government organisation that recruits children to use on secret agent missions. Why? Because criminals never suspect children. Throughout the book James makes new friends and learns to turn his life around, for the better. During The Recruit James encounters dangerous situations, and he has to use his brains to survive. The Recruit is fast, thrilling, and action-packed. I couldn't put it down! It is an amazing book that i recommend to any teenager!
The premise for this book is pretty darn exciting. I mean, teenage spies, in their own little spy school? Mastering weaponry and other ninja tactics, then getting shoved into the real world to apply these skills in hardcore adventures? Yes sirree. And there is a rawness in it the Robert Muchamore uses that actually makes it feel really realistic. I don't know how to explain it, but there are stories like this that are somewhat dreamy - the kind of thing that one fantasizes about, all glamorous and all. But this... it's hard, it's painful, but still fun. Just not... airy fairy. So I give him that.
That being said, somehow I feel like he strives to make his characters realistic too, but sometimes he tries too hard. I donno. I feel like all the teenagers have an overload of angsty-ness, or desperate obsessions with rebellion. I understand that most teenagers have all these desires and hormones, but I can't fathom all. Maybe because I can't relate to any? And they don't match any of my friends? The characters seem to just match a certain type, and... that's all.
Maybe I'm being harsh? Oh well. Such is life. Still an enjoyable, exciting read though (: I finished most of the series...
James is 14 and must face the biggest test of his young life. He has to learn Karate, Parkour, swimming and how to use guns. He needs to be able to survive in the wild.
If you like reading action stories, you will like this book. The graphic novel version has some really good drawings.
This book is about a boy called James who is a spy for a secret organisation. Firstly he goes to boarding school because his mum dies in his house. Then he goes to a camp to learn Karate, Parkour and weapons. At the end of the book James is recruited as an agent. It is a good book to read.