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The Recruit (CHERUB #1)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  20,933 Ratings  ·  1,538 Reviews
CHERUB agents are highly trained, extremely talented--and all under the age of seventeen. For official purposes, these agents do not exist. They are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists, hack into crucial documents, and gather intel on global threats—all without gadgets or weapons. It is an exceptionally dangerous job, but these agents have one crucial advantage: adul ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published April 2nd 2004)
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Lola  Reviewer


Pretty awesome, right? I thought so, too, when I first read the blurb. It deeply befuddled me to see the low amount of readership it had, if we compare to the Alex Rider or even The Gallagher Girls series one, but oh well, we can’t make sense of every single thing.

But now I see why or, at least, have a good theory. This is a good story and it exploits a very good concept. The fact that the level of experience is determined by t-shirt colors makes the school seem even more specia
Jun 08, 2011 Hannah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disliked
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
Apr 27, 2008 Tigerbritt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 22, 2011 Badgerlord rated it did not like it
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
Brendan W.
Oct 06, 2010 Brendan W. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome
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
Amy Suto
Jul 06, 2011 Amy Suto rated it did not like it
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
Mary ♥
Feb 27, 2016 Mary ♥ rated it it was amazing
5/5 stars

"This is tough, but CHERUB's are tougher"

Funny, action-packed, heart-warming and cool, an amazing spy novel about a secret organization, consisting of kids. Do not let this fool you, there is NOTHING funny about being a spy in there, especially considering the basic training. The first book didn't have that much of adventure because our character had to go through basic training first but I am pretty sure the next books are gonna leave me breathless.

Let's talk about the characters/ships
Mar 28, 2009 Kate rated it it was amazing
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
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Opinião no The Mistery's Garden: Opinião | O Recruta, de Robert Muchamore

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
Dec 30, 2013 Gaurav rated it it was amazing
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
Lindsey Smiles
Nov 10, 2012 Lindsey Smiles rated it it was amazing
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.
Ayerai G
Sep 28, 2016 Ayerai G rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1st-nine-weeks
Cherub agents are kids ages 10-17 and are trained to be spies to infiltrate criminal organizations that have eluded the M15 for years. The reason? Adults never suspect that kids are spying on them.
James Choke is a twelve year old boy who tends to get in quite a bit of trouble. He lives with his mom and his sister Lauren. But James isn't an ordinary boy, he has a keen sense for math. He can solve complex math problems in a matter of seconds. James gets into a bit of trouble at school, includin
Nov 30, 2011 Hunter rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 03, 2013 Nicholas H rated it it was amazing
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
Sophie Tse
Sep 23, 2013 Sophie Tse rated it it was amazing
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"
Sep 12, 2016 Adam added it
I decided to read this book because a lot of the people in my class had suggested it for their book speech. I thought it was a genre I liked and had a good plot, so I started reading the book.

Something I like in the story is the humor they put into it, such as when Mr Large set the kids their last test within the hundred days. The test was to put their hands in a bucket with a poisonous jellyfish and to not put their hands in the antidote for a certain amount of time. The test turned out to be a
claire elise
Mar 18, 2013 claire elise rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-reads
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
Catarina Miranda
Aug 14, 2014 Catarina Miranda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holidays-2014
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
Zinzan Zhao
Jun 14, 2011 Zinzan Zhao rated it it was amazing
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
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
Christopher Nolan
Jan 24, 2016 Christopher Nolan rated it it was amazing
This book is a great book for teenagers who love reading books with suspense, action, comedy etc. It has an extremely engaging plot and story line and you are able to really feel the characters emotions and really feel like you are a part of the whole story.
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.
Isaiah Saburi
Nov 11, 2015 Isaiah Saburi rated it it was amazing
BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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
Ali Mojdehi
Mar 29, 2015 Ali Mojdehi rated it really liked it
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
Logan Sowter
Apr 04, 2013 Logan Sowter rated it really liked it
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
Xander Amiel
Mar 22, 2012 Xander Amiel rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 25, 2015 Burn rated it really liked 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
Jun 17, 2016 Mariana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: na-estante
Conheci este livro através do site wook que me enviou como presente, a maioria dos meus livros são comprados neste site porque normalmente há sempre descontos. Este género de livro interessou-me logo e não foi só a mim porque mal comecei a ler e a comentar com as minhas amigas e amigos eles também começaram a ler. Este livro é adequado para todas as idades mas especialmente para os 13 ou 14 anos.
O livro conta-nos a história de James e da sua irmã, James sempre foi o género de rapaz rebelde e um
Harel Feliciano
May 03, 2014 Harel Feliciano rated it it was amazing
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
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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.

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CHERUB (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • Maximum Security (Cherub, #3)
  • The Killing (Cherub, #4)
  • Divine Madness (Cherub, #5)
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