Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Sleepwalker by Robert Muchamore Review

"345 people are dead...

An airliner has exploded over the Atlantic leaving 345 people dead. Crash investigators suspect terrorism, but they're getting nowhere.

A distressed twelve year old calls a police hotline and blames his father for the explosion. It could be a breakthrough, but there's no hard evidence and the boy has a history of violence and emotional problems."

Ooo... A plane crash. Now doesn't that sound like recent events? A bunch of plane crashes. Malaysia? Yeah, it is still way too soon. It may had happened months and months ago, but you can't help but be reminded of all those terrible deaths. And that number in the synopsis... It just sounds so similar to both flights. 

Anyway, The Sleepwalker surprisingly doesn't refer to anything but a character. Its relevance is pretty much close to nothing. Honestly, I have no idea why Robert Muchamore named it The Sleepwalker. Aren't there better names than that? Like maybe The Con Artist or The Possibly New Recruit for CHERUB. Honestly, there are much better names than The Sleepwalker. The title is just boring. And weird. Awkward. Irrelevant.

Great. I'm now a talking parrot. 

The plot isn't that bad actually. Lauren takes control of the plot (for like most of it, I guess), and she shows great potential as a character and a spy. She is already a wonderful CHERUB, and she would probably be the best of them all. Yes, she is pretty much that legendary. I like her better than James Adam, who still can't keep his wandering eyes off of some random girl's rack. And I'm not kidding about that.

The villain is interesting, too. He is a possible murderer along with the titles of a businessmen and possible killer of all those 345 passengers (including poor Dr. Mac's grandchildren and wife). Despite all those sad moments, Muchamore managed to keep it upbeat. Dr. Mac's grandchild managed to make part of the tragedy amusing yet also sorrowful. Very nice work.

Overall, The Sleepwalker is a great book. Because of Lauren's awesomeness (but not because of James' arrogance), you should probably read this book. After reading the first book, of course. It is great for fans of Alex Rider, and it is similarly written like Alex Rider and some other spy books I'd long forgotten. 

I should also note that the writing is getting a bit more... Cussy? More cuss words. I don't think "cussy" is even a word, is it?

Last wish: James Adam, would you please stop trying to undress every girl who walks by? Oh, I mean, mentally undress. As a girl, I do not nor ever wish to hear whatever you are thinking in your fifteen year old mind.

Rating: Four out of Five

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