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The Recruit by Robert Muchamore
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Jan 06, 11

it was amazing
Read in January, 2011


Zachariah Warhus
Mrs. Romaniuk
Reading/L.A Book Review
6 January 2011
CHERUB:
Not as cute and cuddly as it sounds
When James Choke gets picked up for attempting to steal liquor from a convenience store, the last thing he expects is to wake up in a high tech facility where nobody will talk to him. Everything has gone wrong for James. He is in trouble for an accident at school. His mother died less than a month ago… it seems that nothing can go right for him. Until now. When James gets picked up by CHERUB, it seems that life has finally turned around for him. CHERUB is a secret espionage agency, made up entirely of children. Here, they are trained to spy on people. After all, who expects that a sixteen-year-old boy is secretly copying your files down?. This book is an excellent example of the theme that sometimes it is better to listen to others advice than to go it alone, this is first shown when, Callum encourages his twin brother to persevere through Basic training, when James follows Kerry’s advice through basic training, and lastly, when Kyle warns James about hanging out with a certain group of boys.
This book is an excellent example of the theme that sometimes it is better to listen to others advice than to go alone, this is first shown when Callum encourages his twin brother to persevere through basic training. Basic training is designed to tear you down, and then systematically build you up. And In basic training at cherub, getting broken down again and again is no easy feat for a twelve-year-old. It does not help that the instructors are trying to make the kids give up. They have a bet going that if the head instructor can get one kid to quit on Christmas, then he will receive fifty British pounds, if he cannot, then he has to give another instructor fifty British pounds. So the main instructor is dead-set on making one of them quit. In an effort to get a trainee to quit, he makes them do push ups in front of the dining room windows, where kids are eating their Christmas dinner. However, it backfires on him as Callum (a trainees twin brother) shouts out “Don’t give up, Conner! The next time I see you, you’d better be wearing a gray shirt!” In CHERUB, the gray shirt is a sign of graduation from basic training, so right after the head instructor is telling them to give up and go back to their beds, Callum yells out encouragement to Connor and all the other trainees.
This book exhibits an inspiring example of the theme that sometimes it is better to take others advice than to go alone, this is demonstrated when James follows Kerry’s advice on the assault course and through basic training. On CHERUB’s highly advanced campus, in the basic training section, there is an assault course. Many of us (including me) have never been on an assault course, however, they are designed to be unequivocally physically challenging. When the kids in the basic training unit are paired up, James gets paired up with Kerry. Kerry did the basic training unit last time as well, and completed 48 days of the 100 day course. However, she could not complete it because she suffered a broken knee. However much it hurts her, she’s determined not to let this time slip between her fingers. So, she makes a deal with James: if he helps to protect her injured knee, then she’ll help hi on the assault course. This quote demonstrates what I mean quite well, “Kerry knew all the cheats on the assault course. One side of the muddy tunnel was drier than the other. There was a knack to how you caught the rope to swing across the lake.” From this quote, one can infer that Kerry would be, hands down, the best person to be partnered up with on this particular assault course. Through her guidance, James’ basic training experience is much easier.
This book exposes a truly remarkable example of the theme that sometimes it is better to take others advice than to go alone, this is displayed excellently when Kyle advises James from hanging out with the wrong group of boys. After James’ mother dies, he is placed in an orphanage, and sent to a new school. In the orphanage, he rooms with a boy named Kyle. Soon after he registers in the school, he falls in with a small gang of boys. When Kyle hears of this, he immediately issues James a word of warning. James, upset after a prank that Kyle pulled, ignores it and goes to hang out with them that night. The first night that he hangs out with them, they bash up a car using crowbars and bats. The next night, coincidentally landing on James’ birthday, they bait him into stealing beer. When he walks into the store to grab the bottles, they slam the door shut, and he gets apprehended by the police. In retrospect, he should’ve listened to Kyle’s warning.
This book is an excellent example of the theme that sometimes it is better to listen to others advice than to go it alone, this is first shown when, Callum encourages his twin brother to persevere through Basic training, when James follows Kerry’s advice through basic training, and lastly, when Kyle warns James about hanging out with a certain group of boys. When many teenagers (including myself) are warned against something, they feel as though they are invincible to any effects that it may cause. It almost has the effect of reverse psychology on them. It is somewhat easier to take advice from someone our age, however it is still not easy by any measure.





I found this difficult because it was soon after a semi-long break, those extra days are what saved me though.
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