Sunday, August 24, 2014

Man vs. Beast by Robert Muchamore Review

"Animal rights, animal wrongs.

Every day thousands of animals die in laboratory experiments. Some say these experiments provide essential scientific knowledge, while others commit violent acts in order to stop them.

James and Lauren Adams are stuck in the middle...."

Animal rights are always complicated little things. Well, they aren't that little. Monkeys are subjected to cosmetic experiments. (Castiel: "Is it really necessary to test cosmetics on them? I mean, how important is lipstick to you, Dean?" Dean: "Not very." -From Supernatural). And there are pigs and rats going under experiments for drug testing. Oh, monkeys! HIV experiment tests. But it is really necessary to do that? And then there is eating animals. That is why Lauren is now vegan. Officially. She can't stop thinking about those poor animals dying for her benefit. That is why she is also converting other people to a vegan's way of life. It isn't that bad, to tell you the truth.
Animal rights is a complicated debate that isn't all rainbows and ice cream, chocolate and gold glitter. There is a lot of layers, many rules, and a lot of heart (or lack of it, depending which side you are on). Man Vs. Beast doesn't focus much attention on the ceaseless animal debate, but it does shed some light on it. Lauren, who is on the animals' side, bickers with James, who prefers animals to used for some purposes but not experimental. And then there is that fight between AFM and the people/managers behind the experimental house of torture on innocent animals.

James Adams is sadly a jerk in the book. Overconfident, arrogant, conceited, arrogant, snobbish, and arrogant. Oh, sorry. I should also say that I'm not repeating myself. He is truly that arrogant. Just because Mr. James Bond is excellent on missions doesn't mean he can stick that up in other people's face. Let's take a look at his other traits. Hot-tempered, mean, arrogant, conceited, snobbish, and truly rude. Yes, arrogant is his trait. He practically stinks of it. And short-sighted. And insensitive to other people's feelings. In other words, he is just like the popular kids.

I like Lauren Adams though. And Kerry. They both have the sense to be sensitive, kind, and caring. And they aren't rude or arrogant like James. I vote for them. They should become president.

The conflict and plot goes right on by quite nicely. Man Vs. Beast may be a 200+ pages book, but it goes by faster than a rocket. I can't believe how quick and nicely-paced the book is. I could had finished it in one sitting. Unfortunately, there is this thing called lunch and job.

Overall, Man Vs. Beast. is a book that unfortunately doesn't spend much time as it should on animal rights. (They have a right to express themselves). On second thought, I do like the little jabs Robert Muchamore puts here and there. Needless to say, he has a gift for making things amusing like the guy who wrote Alex Rider. What was his name? Ah. I'll look it up. Some year. Some day.

Rating: Four out of Five

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