Monkey Wars - YA Review by Sam T

Reader: Sam T.
Age: 16
Title: Monkey Wars
Author: Richard Kurti
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Pub Date: 01/06/15
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: I really liked many of the characters, and much of it really did feel believable. 
     Of course, my disbelief wasn't always suspended, especially because there were some things that were unrealistic - such as a romance between two different genera of monkey and tool use way beyond what monkeys can actually do - and other times when the symbolism seemed a little heavy-handed (making Tyrell and his dictatorship like Hitler or North Korea etc., having a rigged democratic monkey election...). 
     Although at times this seemed to be more of a parable about people than a novel about monkeys, it still was interesting enough to read and was relatively enjoyable.
Memorable or Forgettable: Although highly similar to other talking, fighting animals books - such as the famous Warriors series and the book that started the genre, Watership Down - it still had enough differences to be more or less memorable enough in its own right, even at points when the similarities between the aforementioned books were more obvious.
Cover: Yeah, the contrast was interesting and made it stand out. It seemed to be a pretty good representation of the book.
Age Range: 14 through 17
Quality: 4Q - Better than most
Popularity: 3P - Some teen appeal

tags: fable / parable / allegory / facism / political corruption / ya lit

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