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Shmeh, a little generic. Robert Muchaless?
on 5 January 2013
Ryan, the new protagonist of the Cherub series seems like an empty shell, with little character. James was not a nice person, he was obnoxious, and arrogant and loads of other bad stuff. But because of this, we can relate to him. No one's perfect, except for this Ryan fellow. He's a typical hero character. Attractive, slightly arrogant, and clever. Boring. Ryan is boring. I enjoyed James' character, because he was less predictable. It seems like Robert Muchamore is putting Muchaless into his books.
However, what lacks in the characters is made up for in plot. This books follows on from the first book of the series, People's Republic, and is altogether, pretty excellent, if not better than it's predecessor. Ethan's story is gripping, as is Ryan's, and it's interesting to see how it all intermingles. You'll find yourself moaning every time it goes from one Ryan to Ethan and vice versa. Muchamore is able to keep your interests nicely, as well as keep you in suspense.
The series itself, though, lacks compared to series 1. What attracted people to read series 1 was not only the spy/action stuff, but also the social side of campus. I can remember them all well. James, Kerry, Lauren, Bethany, Bruce, Kyle, the twins, Jake etc... This was the part that we could relate to the most. There's less of this in series 2. There's just Ryan, Chloe, Grace and Ryan's best friend and Ning who I remember on campus. In fact, Chloe and his best friend rarely appear at all. I'd like to see more of the social side of campus in the next volume.
However, if you enjoy more of reading about the missions, then all the kerfuffle on campus, then I'm sure you will enjoy this book as much as the first series.
If you're new to CHERUB, don't start here. It might put you off, whereas the long-time readers will forgive Muchamore, I'm sure. Start with 'The Recruit', book 1 of series 1. That's brilliant, and will get you going, and I'm sure you'll have read all the books up to this one in no time!
Not the best, but not that bad either. Buy it if you're a long-time reader. Go for The Recruit if you aren't. But whether or not you like it, it's guaranteed that you will have fun!