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The Recruit (Cherub #1)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  16,560 ratings  ·  1,208 reviews
CHERUB spies, 17 and under, hack into computers, bug houses, download crucial documents, and Do Not Exist. James, recently orphaned, is their newest recruit, and brilliant in math. After 100 days grueling training, his mission begins.
Paperback, 342 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published 2004)
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Keegan O'mally
I liked it and now read some more of the Cherub series, no its not as good as Alex Rider or Jason Steed it is better than the jimmy Coates series.
If you like young adult spy books here is the best in order.
1) Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz.
2) Jason Steed Series by Mark A. Cooper
3) CHERUB series by Robert Muchamore
4) Hendersons Boys series by Robert Muchamore
5) Young Bond Series by Charlie Higson
6) jimmy Coates series by Joe Craig

What i did like was how they had T shirts for the level they
Timothy Macdonald

The Recruit By Robert Muchamore.

This is book 1 of the series.

I got this because people said it was like Alex Rider and Jason Steed. Um... FAIL.. No it's not Alex Rider and Jason Steed is much better, more action and a lot more exciting. However CHERUB is still good, the color T short stuff is a bit babyish and you could do without it. They are spys, some killed shot at, who cares what color T shirt you get.
Alex Rider and Jason Steed don't bother with T shirts they just get on with it. I ha
The more I think about this book, the more I hate it. I keep on realizing things that I wasn't aware of when writing this review. Therefore, I've decided to bump the rating down to one. The original review is below.


After debating whether to give this one or two stars, I decided on two. I didn't necessary enjoy the book, but I didn't not like it either.

The basic premises of this book is great. A secret spy organization that only employs kids to gather information. The beginning of the nove
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Nov 22, 2011 Badgerlord rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who hate storylines
Recommended to Badgerlord by: A friend/enemy
It is books like this that makes me wish that Goodreads gave you the choice to put your stars in negative. It's that bad. Seriously, I have cousins between 5 and 10 years old who could write a more enthralling story. I read this book on the insistance of a friend. I had to read the first to cherub books and he had to read Eragon. I got the worse deal. By far.

The setting of this book is alright; It is about a boy who is adopted into a community of child spys, where he undergoes training a goes o
Claire Elise
Don't get me wrong- the story was good. Plot kept me interested and everything.. I think the greatest issue was I was the wrong audience.

Things I didn't like~

1. The kid was 11. Actually, except for like two other minor characters, everyone was under the age of 12-13. And if that isn't enough, they're way more worldly than preteens. They're cursing, drinking, smoking, fighting, partying, and overall way to mature in adult situations to be taken seriously as little kids.

2. The actual mission didn
Brendan W.
When my friend reccomended this book to me, I thought it would be just another author trying to rip off Anthony Horowitz with a british-teenage-spy book. What I got surprised me. This book is fresh. It’s new. It’s style is completely original. Robert Muchamore writes with a style that makes you read till you notice the sun is coming up the next morning. The intrigue that this author generates is through the roof. The recruit is so fresh, they could sell it in the produce section of the grocery s ...more
Lindsey Smiles
I'm finished and the ending was entertaining but very strange. I think it would have been a good story if it had ending before the 3/4th mark.
Mar 28, 2009 Kate rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: cherub
Hard to put down this one! I wish James would grow up. I really like Lauren but she can be a bit annoying
Amy Suto
Dear God, how is this book not a joke? How on earth did this get published?

I demand to know who encouraged Robert Muchamore to publish this. Please step forward and explain yourself.

Listen, everybody, I really wanted to love this book, I did. A young adult novel about spies who belong to an organization that doesn't exist? YES PLEASE! This is my genre, you don't even understand.

But really, the writing is unbearable to the point where you have to put down the book and take a breather in order t
Sophie Tse
My Review

One of the quirkiest, most amazing books I've ever read!
I decided to read this book because it was all in the rage, everyone was reading it last year. Well, i must sound like an old guy talking about something that was cool from last year but the book hasn't changed, its still as awesome as it had ever been.
This book completes the "A book with a male main character" category on my bingo board. Although this category had already been completed before.
It was already filled by "The Hobbit"
I loved this book, but it's not for everyone.
FIRST off please note there will be typos. My library book doesn't look like a first run (it has a book #2 preview) and the titles are in a weird typeface. (Though this would probably be blamed on the Simon Pulse (read:american publishers) people, judging from the little copyright etc. page in front)
The book is actually slow paced and if you don't find yourself identifying yourself with any of the characters it will be a tough sell as a good book. So
Nicholas H
Most of the time when a criminal suspects someone is a spy it is usually an adult. So what if the spies weren’t adults, instead they were teens. These teens would set up secret surveillance cameras and spy equipment around someone’s house. For James Choke this is regular life. James works for the secret agency called Cherub.

The Recruit by Robert Muchamore is exactly what people wouldn’t think. It opens up minds to what could be, but nobody knows. James is a teen that seems to get into trouble, b
Who wanted to go to Hogwarts or become a wizard after reading the Harry Potter series, or go to camp Half-Blood after reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series? Well the The Recruit by Robert Muchamorewill leave you wanting to be a spy at CHERUB. The series is in third person but is centered around James Choke/Adams a teenager in England. Your going to want to use all the technology they use, be friends with all the students at CHERUB and take part in all the adventures. Most of the boo ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
One Amazon reviewer describes this book, the first in its series, as “fresh and grimy.” Somehow, that’s spot-on. James, newly orphaned and living in a home for young reprobates, is being watched. His particular talents and resourcefulness—even used unconstructively, peg him as the right material for CHERUB, a secret agency that trains children as spies for the British government. With tough urban teens who speak as crudely as you’d expect (in British street-speak), grueling boot-camp sequences, ...more
Catarina Miranda
Okay... so...
I enjoyed this book very much! To be honest... I could almost say that I loved it, surprisingly! I was not expecting to like this so much!!! And, right now, I still don't know if I should give this a 4 out of 5 stars or if I should give it a 5 out 5 stars...
In the beginning, I was a little bit sceptical about this book and until the first 100 pages I wasn't really sure if I liked it or not.
James pissed me off, sometimes... and there were some moments that didn't catch my attention
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Opinião no blogue:

Há já algum tempo que tinha a intenção de ler O Recruta , de Robert Muchamore, autor da afamada série CHERUB. Esta coleção foi uma grande aposta da Porto Editora e recebeu críticas positivas tanto de jovens como de adultos. O maior elogio é comum a muitos dos leitores: tal como Harry Potter (embora só comparável a uma escala muito mais reduzida), conseguiu inserir o gosto pela leitura em milhares de adolescentes
Zinzan Zhao
i chose to read this book after a friend recommended it to me, he said it was very good.

this book fits under 'a book with a male main character'

the recruit is the first book in the cherub series which is about young children spying on adults that they suspect are criminals and aim to uncover more about that particular person. this book is about the main character, James Adams getting recruited into cherub hence the name. The whole concept of the cherub series is good because like the slogan of t
Xander Amiel
I read this book for third quarter

I think the book I read, the recruit, was a great book for many reasons. First, There was a lot of action. It also gave a lot of training tips and survival. It reminded me of my cousin who is awesome. He is going to the army, and he could use the tips that I got in the book. This book also makes me sad because it reminds me of my cousin, and i dont want him to get hurt.

In the beginning of the book, James, the main character, is set off to a training ground to b
When James Choke's mother dies, it looks as though he's on the fast track to a young offender's institution. It seems as though luck is on his side, however, when he is recruited into CHERUB, a secret branch of the government that trains and uses children as spies.

The Recruit covers James's induction into CHERUB and also his first major mission with the CHERUB organisation.

A reviewer for the Sunday Express says that The Recruit is 'punchy, exciting, glamorous and, what's more, you'll completely
Lady Poppy
I really liked this one!

It's similar to Alex Rider, and even though I don't remember the other series very well, my rating says I like this one better, so I'm gonna trust it.

I totally enjoyed reading this for its light humor and cool premise. The story is about James who always gets in trouble until he is recruited for an organization called Cherub. Cherub is where kids are trained to be SPIES. And I get to read about James’ training and his first mission.

And the events are so amazing and cool!

I liked how James is portrayed as a delinquent and yet he is smart, resourceful and not annoyingly rebellious. He knows when he must follow orders and he does hi
Ali Mojdehi
Book Name: Cherub Series
Book Author: Robert MuchamoreBook review no.2.

Why did you decide to read this book?

I decided to read this series because one of my friends recommended it to me. He told me that I would love it and that it was a very interesting series and that the books just keep getting better and better, unlike some series, which book by book get duller and duller.

What do you like or Dislike about the book?

I really like the series Cherub because it is about children my age and shows th
Warning: This review may contain spoilers.

I had no expectations with this book. My sister borrowed this book from a friend, so I thought to give it a try. The plot seemed interesting, but I told myself not to expect anything. The plot reminded me of the "39 Clues" series. From my experience, I can say that I didn't enjoy that one. I couldn't even get past the first three chapters of that one. Miracle that I managed to finish this book.

The book seemed like it had two separate stories. I did like
It is both surprising and disappointing that this series has garnered such a wide fan base and achieved success on the bestseller lists worldwide. The books are written in a style that is neither engaging nor inspirational. They are narratives that tell all and show little. While an improvement in style over the Alex Rider books, I would actually recommend Alex Rider over CHERUB. This is because while Alex Rider may be only acceptable in terms of style, originality and ideas the CHERUB series si ...more
The Recruit by Robert Muchamore is an amazing read. The main character of this mystery and action filled novel is Jack, a boy who always gets into trouble. He's always the odd kid out. Why? His mother is a thief. Or rather, she was before she became ginormous and started owning her own thief business. Kids at school are constantly making fun of his mother, when finally one girl takes it too far. He pushes her against a wall of his classroom, accidentally cutting her cheek on a nail. He then rush ...more
Alec Velasco
Cherub the recruit is an amazing book. It takes place in London England. The beginning starts off with the main character James at school. A girl starts teasing him about his "mum." From here, everything goes down hill. After it is all said and done James is running away from his school and will probably be expelled. He comes home to his mom and step dad who are not sober. They tell him to go and get his sister from school. When James gets home his mum is dead in her sleep. From here James his m ...more
Logan Sowter
This book is about a child named James Adams who's mother has just died. When his little sister got sent to live with her father, Uncle Ron, James had to move to the Nebraska House. James meets a boy named Kyle. But a while after James came to the Nebraska House, they sent him and Kyle to Cherub. It turned out that Kyle was already a part of Cherub. Cherub is a organization in the UK that takes kids and turns them into agents.They send them on top secret missions that M15 or the police don't kno ...more
Harel Feliciano
1. I decided to read this book because I have to read a book and my friends told me this is a good book so I decided to read it.

2. A character I found interesting was Bruce because he was only 11 but he's totally badass and he's a black belt in karate. People also say he's one of the best fighters on campus. Even though he's violent and loves to fight, he's surprisingly childish and tends to cry easily.

3. A quote I liked was "I'd like to have a business card saying: Bruce Norris kicked your as
Knižku mám doma už nejaký ten piatok, ale nikdy nebol čas a chuť nato, aby som sa do nej pustila. Potom prišla neterka, hrabala sa mi v knihách a túto mi vytiahla, pretože sa jej páčila farebná obálka. Zatiaľ čo sa ona hrala, ja som sa začítala a ani neviem ako, bola som v polovici. Čítanie som neskôr kvôli povinnostiam musela odložiť a dnes som sa k nemu vrátila a dočítala. Kniha je napísaná svižným tempom, ani sekundu sa nenudíte, v niektorých momentoch je úsmevná (prvá láska, doťahovačky) a z ...more
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Robert Muchamore was born in Islington, London in 1972. He still lives there, and worked as a private investigator up until 2005 and the critically-accepted release of Maximum Security.

The Hunger Games phenomenon is part of the huge YA / Children's book explosion that has grown, thanks to the British Rat pack of YA authors, Anthony Horowitz, Robert Muchamore, Joe Craig and Charlie Higson. We owe
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