Title: Class A
Author: Robert Muchamore
Series: CHERUB #2
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Crime, Easy reading, Spy novels
Publisher: Hachette Children’s Books
5th sentence, 74th page: I can lend you a fiver, James.
When CHERUB kids go undercover, no one suspects that they are trained professionals, working to infiltrate criminal organisations that have eluded MI5 and the police for years.
James Adams is on his biggest mission yet, working to nail Europe’s most powerful cocaine dealer. He’ll need all his specialist training if he’s going to bring down the man at the top.
The reasons for CHERUB’s existence is simple: adults never suspect that children are spying on them.
The second book in the Cherub series is a great follow up to The Recruit. From terrorism, we are thrown into the world of drugs and drug dealing. Once again, Muchamore’s understanding of the criminal underworld was brilliantly rendered and masterfully executed. Understanding how such industries are run, and the ways in which they can be bought down was something that I didn’t know much about, and discovering more of the information was very appreciated.
Class A really drove home the fact that a lot of criminals have families of their own. They even have their own motivations and that the reasoning for their actions is not just black and white. Junior’s actions and interactions with James reminded me that even though a parent might think that they are supporting their family, their choices can severely affect their children and even endanger them. Once again, Muchamore’s ability to bring crimes down to my level of understanding really drove home the impacts of adult decisions, and the vulnerability of children to these forces.
This story also brings Lauren (James’ little sister) closer to the forefront. Her basic training experiences are told, and the possible inability of military training to successfully instruct some people is highlighted. Likewise, Lauren’s future potential is alluded to as she becomes the first to do a number of things in Basic Training. Lauren’s characterisation sits well with Kerry, giving a number of main characters from different ethnic backgrounds and genders, proving that anyone can do anything that they put their minds to.
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