My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication Date: 2004
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Point of View: 3rd Person & Masculine
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Espionage
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.
SCHOOL FOR SPIES!
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 special. Also, the classes there look fairly engrossing… if only we got to attend a few of them. I remember in The Gallagher Girls series the settings would often be the classes themselves, but not in this.
James feels lucky of having integrated the CHERUB secret system, but his mind is often on other things. Everywhere he goes, he gets in trouble by acting recklessly. It becomes SO annoying after a while. Alex Rider isn’t like that! Following James’ adventures felt ordinary. The characters around him themselves are not ones worth of getting attached too, expect for the cool headmaster we barely see.
The mission honestly bored me. Everything before that kept me relatively interested because it was building to something (and that is why I will keep on reading the series) but the undercover operation seriously lacked the suspense we feel when reading an Alex Rider or Gallagher Girls one. I’m just hoping the author realized that, too, and wrote the sequels with a considerable dose of that.
I’m not surprised I liked it, seeing that spies can never actually be ‘boring’ but I’m radically disappointed in the action.