Book Review: The Recruit (Cherub #1) by Robert Muchamore

As part of the 10th anniversary new cover re-launch, here’s my review on the first in the CHERUB series:

The RecruitWhat’s it about?BBC 20142012 WBN Logo

A terrorist doesn’t let strangers in her flat because they might be undercover police or intelligence agents, but her children bring their mates home and they run all over the place. The terrorist doesn’t know that one of these kids has bugged every room in her house, made copies of all her computer files and stolen her address book. The kid works for CHERUB.

CHERUB agents are aged between ten and seventeen. They live in the real world, slipping under adult radar and getting information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail.

For official purposes, these children do not exist.

And now: a new cover look for this number one bestselling series!

My thoughts

This was my next read up as part of my World Book Night reading challenge and although primarily aimed at the young adult age range was an enjoyable read so many thanks to Netgalley for the review copy.

The Recruit is the first in the CHERUB series and is the story of James and how he becomes a CHERUB recruit – the child spies that work with MI5. We follow James through his recruitment, the training, the relationships and friendships he forms with his trainers and the other recruits and then onto his first mission. James’ relationship with Joanna was actually really sweet and incredibly sad that things worked out the way they did.

There were elements of unbelievability such as the extreme training and the fact that these orphan kids are just taken and recruited but let’s face it, this is like a book of mini James Bonds so all sense and reason goes out the window.  Some of the more adult scenes came with explanations which felt a little which condescending but then this was probably because of the target audience age range – I should have expected that.

As I had a Netgalley copy the formatting was a little out of sync but I could get past that (not the author’s fault).

Overall, an easy, quick read that I would recommend for younger readers who are fans of James Bond, Police Academy and Spy Kids – this is for you!

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