This has to be my favourite book in the Cherub series, this is where you see James transformed into an agent and the struggles he went through to achieve this. This is a great book for many reasons. First, there is a ton of action and it also gave a lot of training and survival tips which were really interesting and handy if I ever need them!
I have to say that this book is a breath of fresh air, with all these teenage paranormal romance novels it is hard to find a great book that doesn't concentrate on some guy that has fangs. James is a cocky kid who has anger issues which is understandable given his background: broken home, mother's dead. Although James vandalises and gets in fights practically daily he is a good kid who loves his little sister.
A great thing about this series is that the details and facts are so precise no reader can doubt that this is a real world, where children are spies who go on secret government missions yet they still act like kids. All the teasing, competition and friendship between the recruits made these kids seem real. Another great thing was that Muchamore was able to find the balance between spies and kids.
CHERUB agents are all seventeen and under. They wear skate tees and hemp, and look like regular kids. But they're not. They are trained professionals who are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists and international drug dealers. CHERUB agents hack into computers, bug entire houses, and download crucial documents. It is a highly dangerous job. For their safety, these agents DO NOT EXIST.
James is the latest CHERUB recruit. He and his sister were recently orphaned, and James has been in a lot of trouble. But he is brilliant in math. And CHERUB needs him. After one hundred days, the grueling training period is over. But the adventure has just begun.
The Recruit is an entertaining, well written novel with a fantastic storyline that after reading this book you are off running to find the next one.