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Monkey Wars Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-12-02 
Review Score: 3 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings
ISBN:0385744412
LANGUAGE:English

" What a bland political statement told with a unique premise and poor storytelling. Expected better, did not deliver. " said.

" Monkey Wars was another unintented read, but I ended up loving it anyway. It's a story of power, ruling, lies and survival, but told in the monkey's perspective which sounds stupid, but actually makes some sense. " said.

" Wanted to love this book... and it was good, but the Romeo and Juliet story within really through me off. I wanted more of a social commentary and power struggle. That said, characters were memorable and believable, even as the voices of monkeys. " said.

" The day the Rhesus monkeys are forced out of their home by the langur monkeys sparks a true monkey war. Mico - a member of the langur - begins to see a true picture of the methods of his "people". When he meets Papina - a member of the Rhesus - and befriends her, Mico must decide whether to stay loyal to his species or fight for what he believes is right. " said.

" Monkey Wars is the story of the fight for supremacy between bands of monkeys in Kolkata. But it is also a dark fable, examining conquerors vs the conquered and the fine line between actions done for the greater good and madness. Recommended for readers grades 7-12. (Mature readers will pick up on the darker themes while younger readers will gloss over them.) " said.

" I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars. I appreciate Monkey Wars as unique in YA lit...there are few animal-centric stories for teens, and the characters of Mico and Lord Tyrell are especially compelling. But I found myself skimming the last couple of hundred pages and thinking that it was under-edited and tedious at times; a thought-provoking adventure fable that could have been cut down by 50 pages and sped up a bit. " said.

" This is a book more like Animal Farm than Mort(e) was. There are lessons about society and armed forces and resistances, and the plot and characters are engaging enough, but I as a reader felt shorted by the lack of perspective from female rhesus monkey Papina; the book seemed a lot more focused on langur monkey Mico and the whole military structure of the langurs. This is a book for the people who don't skip over the battle scenes in Lord of the Rings, which I totally do. " said.

" While the book is based on a fairly interesting premise it had precious little going for it. It started of as something clearly inspired by Animal Farm so the first few pages did get my attention however the story failed to take off after that. The themes that the book covers - power, ambition, self-discovery, rebellion, love etc etc have already been done to death by numerous books and movie and unfortunately the author failed to present these in a way that's never been done before. " said.

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