MAXIMUM SECURITY (CHERUB #3) by ROBERT MUCHAMORE.
FIRST SENTENCE: What is CHERUB?
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Chapter 31 BRAZIL, Page 249): 'Lauren woke with a fright. She caught half a seconds glance inside the old man's toothless mouth before the whole world turned black.'
MY THOUGHTS: Maximum Security is the third in the CHERUB series of Young Adult books, detailing the adventures of child secret agent James Adams as he is tasked with breaking a young prisoner out of a US maximum security jail.
I was very impressed with Muchamore's third CHERUB offering. He covers a wide range of topics, including racism & racial tension, homophobia and mental illness, which makes the book meatier than most other teenage novels. This is a very modern adventure tale: Muchamore doesn't shy away from showing just how tough conditions are in Arizona Max Prison and there are numerous scenes of violence to support this. Also, as with previous books in the CHERUB series, the characters do swear: this is always in context and proves that the author is well aware that his readers are teenagers and young adults, not young children.
As I enjoyed The Recruit (the first novel in the CHERUB series), I broke my golden rule with Maximum Security - I jumped straight into reading the third book before I'd read the second! Thankfully, it was entertaining, exciting and completely exhilarating, so I don't mind I mucked up reading the series in order.
LITERACY LABELS: Thrilling, adventurous, teen fiction.
Thanks for that Leanne. You can see my review of The Recruit here. TT