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“Strikingly original” is how Anthony Horowitz, author of the Alex Rider series, describes Monkey Wars. “Kurti draws from history to deliver a powerful allegory . . . [and] keeps this effective, memorable tale rooted in reality.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review Sustain the weak. Destroy the strong. A dark fable in the vein of Animal Farm, Watership Down, and The Wave, th“Strikingly original” is how Anthony Horowitz, author of the Alex Rider series, describes Monkey Wars. “Kurti draws from history to deliver a powerful allegory . . . [and] keeps this effective, memorable tale rooted in reality.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review Sustain the weak. Destroy the strong. A dark fable in the vein of Animal Farm, Watership Down, and The Wave, this action-packed page-turner is told entirely from the monkeys’ points of view and shines a light on the politics of power, the rise of tyrants, and the personal dilemmas that must be faced when your life is on the line. When rhesus monkeys are brutally massacred on the dusty streets of Kolkata by a troop of power-hungry langur monkeys, Mico, a privileged langur, becomes entangled in the secrets at the heart of his troop’s leadership and is shocked at what he discovers. He feels compelled to help the few surviving rhesus, especially Papina, a young female he befriends, even though doing so goes against everything he’s been taught. As more blood is spilled, Mico realizes that choosing between right and wrong won’t be easy. Includes a note from the author, as well as interesting monkey species facts.  Additional praise for MONKEY WARS “The allure of power—even for the most conscientious—is portrayed with frightening effectiveness. Powerful.”—Kirkus Reviews “An imaginative fable about the nature of power and the responsibility of the individual. With plenty of action . . . a fascinating epilogue . . . [and] striking cover art.” —Booklist “Following in the tradition of George Orwell’s Animal Farm and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, war and politics shape the lives of several monkey troops. An interesting premise that will provide readers with an introduction to fascism and political corruption.” —School Library Journal...

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Number of Pages : 416 Pages
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Monkey Wars Reviews

  • Cheryl
    2019-04-04 15:27

    This book just wasn't for me. Too many battle scenes and way too much politics. It's a cross between Animal Farm and Watership Down, but with monkey troops in India. Made it to the half-way mark and skimmed the rest before abandoning it.

  • Sam
    2019-04-11 18:38

    If, as a member of one species, you are expected to stand by that species in their conquests and missions -- whatever they may be and however they may be undertaken -- you come to the realization that said objectives are misguided at best, evil at worst, andyou come to sympathize with an opposing species, even the very antithesis of your native species,what, exactly, do you do about it?Joining the likes of The Jungle Books, Redwall, and Watership Down, Monkey Wars boasts a well-developed cast of anthropomorphic creatures - here, monkeys - who, through their lives, loves, losses, and general shenanigans, create a convincing portrait of human existence and pose an ethical quandary for readers. Kurti's prose is both revolting and delicate; moments of levity and joy contrast powerfully with the overall weight and import of the monkeys' existences. He has done an excellent job with setting, plot movement, and characterization, creating a technically masterful work; conceptually, of course, he nailed it. There may be nothing new under the sun, but this story is as close as it gets, looking at timeless situations in an inventive, well-executed, and thought-provoking manner. If Kurti had attempted this story with human characters, the result would have been vastly different, and probably not nearly as good. Transferred to people, the politics and intrigue of the simian hierarchy would be rendered much less accessible to all but political science buffs -- yet the political machinations of humanity are at least as convoluted, terrifying, and often damning as the contortions in which Mico and company find themselves -- but here they are fascinating, necessary, and natural components of the monkeys' tale. Likewise, the graphic depictions of warfare found in the book, rendered instead with human casualties and collateral, could potentially become too disturbing for many readers; as it stands, the featuring of monkeys makes senseless violence a little easier to bear, since we accept the rule of nature to kill or be killed, but would deny human impulse to behave that way (even though terrorism, torture, and brutal annihilation of humans, by other humans, do all have a pervasive, putrid presence in our world).The story's setting in the animal kingdom may make its content decidedly neutral and objectively considerable, but its characters are deep, and require probing and careful thought; they are no less complex than any of our friends and neighbors, and their struggles with loyalty and identity will resound with readers and prompt introspection long after the novel's conclusion.Papina's story is one of perpetual loss, of scar tissue, of hope and love and hate and forgiveness. She embodies perseverance, proving the soul's ability to rise again and again, even from under the most debilitating blows to heart, mind, and body.Mico's quest is for justice and truth. His loyalty is always in question, not least of all to himself; his love for family is in a constant deadlock with his protective affection for Papina and her troop of rhesus monkeys. These are admirable, lovable, relatable characters who should join the pantheon of literary figures of note, and they are accompanied by a vibrant supporting cast. Add to them creative exploration of military and political tactics, various gorgeous and enjoyable descriptions of monkey life, and the ethical consideration at the heart of the novel, and you have components for an award-winning piece of work.There is an author's note explaining the conception of the novel, which adds yet another layer of depth to the book, as well as some brief species information for each of the monkey types mentioned. These details are appreciated and serve to enhance the book's worth; it is certainly book club material, and could easily transition to academia as the jumping-off point for research in a variety of fields and levels.This is a must-have for library shelves. Avid readers of historical fiction, dystopia, and fantasy will devour it, and even reluctant readers will power through, enthralled by the story and its characters.

  • Catherine
    2019-03-20 18:14

    An Animal Farm like fable about war and survival. The various species of monkeys in Kolkata are at war. The rhesus monkeys have been living peacefully among the humans until they are blamed for a tragedy. The langur monkeys are brought in to chase out the rhesus clan. The result is a bloodbath with very few rhesuses escaping. One such escape is young Papina who later makes a tentative friendship with Mico, a young langur. Mico becomes a spy for the rhesus but finds himself in danger when a new leader takes charge with plans to exterminate the other moneys. There are many areas for discussion, especially comparing the action in the novel to the rise of Hitler and the Nazis

  • Lisa Mandina
    2019-04-10 18:31

    I can see this as a really great story. While I appreciated the idea behind it, I didn't finish reading it as it wasn't really my cup of tea at the moment. But I can totally see the references to Animal Farm, and I think it has some great realistic scientific information buried within the story, and at the author's information at the end. It will be one that I recommend to teachers and students for many reasons.

  • Asif Quazi
    2019-04-16 18:23

    "Monkey Wars" by Richard Kurti is a fantasy fiction/science fiction piece of writing that talks about how two species of monkies fight for their survival. This novel shares with us how these two species shape their lives around politics and war. It is told through the perspectives of two different species of monkeys, Papina a rhesus monkey and Mico a langur monkey. They tell their point of view as both of their species clashes and do what is best for their tribe. But as the story continues Mico starts to question whether or not he is doing the right thing for his troop. I admire the amount of work put into the main characters by giving them all unique personalities, standards, and skills. It really shows how the author wanted his story to come alive and stand out to the reader/audience. My favorite character is Mico because of how he so out of place in his troop yet he is determined to rise to the top by using his intelligence. By using his intelligence, Mico is able to impress a deputy and climb up the ranks faster than the elites. And by using his authority and trust, Mico is able to unearth some nasty secrets that will forever change his view of his very own troop. Also, my favorite part of the book was when Mico met Papina during a hiding drill for Mico and the other cadets. It really shows the start of a new friendship that will help change these two monkeys' lives. At first, the relationship started out to be a bit rocky, but after a while, they begin to be good, helpful friends. This novel has a great story unlike I've never seen before so it is definitely worth reading if you're ready for the gory aftermaths and fights though!

  • Eric
    2019-04-07 17:37

    Surprisingly enjoyable and well-plotted exploration of the concept of the oppressed and the oppressors and a chilling look at how easily people can be swayed into believing Totalitarianism lies. Very timely considering the current political climate.

  • Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
    2019-04-16 12:29

    This review was originally published at Fluttering ButterfliesMonkey Wars by Richard Kurti has been the biggest surprise of the year for me. I'll admit, if it weren't for my commitment to promoting British YA authors this year and also if not for the passionate words of a dedicated publicists, I might have passed up the opportunity to read this book. And that would have been an absolute shame, because Monkey Wars is one of my favourite books that I've read all year. It's exciting and interesting and I never wanted to put it down. This story and these characters got under my skin in a way that I haven't experienced in a long time. That first night after reading the first 50 pages of the book I had a dream about this book. Because even in my sleep my brain still wanted to go over the mostly violent things that I'd witnessed while reading this book. What I love about this book is that we see this war between Rhesus and Langur monkeys from both sides and we really get a feeling for what it's like to be in either camp. Each of the main characters - Papina, Mico, Twitcher, Tyrell - all had such wonderful personalities and voices and different ways of thinking that it was easy to relate to them, and to sympathise with the complicated feelings of loyalty and belonging and pride that go along with the horrible effects of war.Monkey Wars begins in a really dramatic way, with the near-massacre of the Rhesus monkeys who lived peacefully in a cemetary in Kolkatta until the death of a human causes the Langur to attack the Rhesus as a means of protecting humans. With this initial attack, the Langur monkeys seek to further their own power and dominance by taking further steps against the Rhesus and one monkey in particular seeks to use his own talents in order to gain more and more power for himself within his own community.While my heart really went out to Papina and the rest of the Rhesus refugees who have to go out into the city and start over with their lives and deal with truly terrifying circumstances, it is Mico who really stole my heart within this book. It was fascinating but also pretty sad to see young Mico transform from the naive, questioning monkey into what he becomes as the trusted advisor of a power-hungry dictator who is set to wrest all control over the Langur and Rhesus monkeys for himself.This isn't a historical novel at all, but you can see the similarities within these monkey wars to that of Stalin and Hitler. The gradual rise to power, the twisting of knowledge, the decline amongst the Langur for free-thought, the ways in which things are manipulated to one person's favour. I love also Mico's struggles with his morals. Does he sit back and allow Tyrell to get further out of control or he does he speak out and try to change things? While everything may appear clear cut in what a monkey should do in this sort of situation, Kurti shows how often things aren't as black-and-white as they may seem.Monkey Wars was such an exciting book. There is a lot of action involved, lots of fighting and dramatic happenings. The chapters are relatively short which further ramped up the tension levels for me. I found my heart beating wildly, always wanting to know what would happen next, especially as I got more emotionally invested in the lives of Mico and Papina. Monkeys, politics and war might not sound like your sort of thing, but I promise you, this book is endlessly fascinating and complex. I highly recommend it!

  • Big Book Little Book
    2019-03-29 14:28

    Keith for www.bigbooklittlebook.comCopy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest reviewThe author has a flair for spectacular set-pieces and drama, honed during his time as a screenwriter. This is clearly on display in the opening chapter where a troop of Langur monkeys invade the cemetery where a peaceful group of Rhesus monkeys live, killing most of the residents leaving just a handful of refugees.The first part of the book alternates between the experiences of Papina, a young Rhesus girl and Mico, a young boy in the militaristic Langur troop. Papina’s story tells of a small group of survivors, trekking the city to find a new home where they will be safe, and to pick up the tatters of their life. Mico is the runt of his family, far smaller than his brother, but with a sharp mind. By chance, he witnesses some of the Langur soldiers brutally kill a lone Rhesus, yet their leaders are claiming that the Rhesus are the aggressors leaving him conflicted and unsure who to trust. Langur boys all do military training, so he joins up and tries to fit in.Papina sneaks into her old home through a secret entrance and meets Mico on a training exercise. They form an uneasy friendship, her stories of the Langur attacks contradicting the official reports he’s been told, adding to Mico’s doubt. Mico’s clever mind is noticed by Tyrell, one of the Langur leaders and he is promoted to the Intelligence Division.In the middle section of the book, the Langur go on an all-out war against all the rest of the monkeys in Kolkata, with Mico stuck between following the orders of the increasingly paranoid Tyrell, and protecting Papina and her friends. The rest of the Langur, bred from an early age not to question orders, and fed with misinformation, revel in their bloodlust. There are certainly some shocking events in the book, though the book never gets too gory for the intended audience.The novel also avoids melodrama, the fast pacing meaning there’s no time for characters to wallow in self-pity and introspection, or at least when they do it is implied and not on the page. The darkest character is probably Fig, a Rhesus mother who has lost everything from her life. Despite only being a minor character, she plays a crucial role in the story. I think an adult book may have fleshed out her depression more fully, though this is not really a criticism.The world building is well done too, the descriptions of the locations around the city feel like real places, and are teeming with life (both human and animal).Verdict: I really enjoyed this book, it is fast-paced throughout, constantly inventive, and my usual complaint of poor endings in novels doesn’t apply (a solid ending, with a few deliberate hanging threads). A great introduction for teens to the machinations of politics and complexities of war.

  • Lyndsey O'Halloran
    2019-03-22 14:26

    Monkey Wars is told through the perspectives of Papina, a Rhesus monkey and Mico, a Langur monkey. The two monkeys cross paths throughout the book as Mico begins to question the morals of his own troops. I really enjoyed the interactions between Papina and Mico. The strange friendship that builds between them helps to show why the monkeys are at war and the reasons behind certain actions. While Papina puts a lot of blame on to the Langur monkeys, Mico attempts to tell her that not all monkeys are the same and he shouldn’t be treated like the rest of his troop. The most interesting aspect of this book for me was the politics of monkey troops. Each kind of monkey is completely different to the next, acting in different ways and wanting different things. The Langur and Rhesus monkeys are as different as you could probably get. While the Rhesus monkeys are quite laid back and generally want a happy life, the Langur monkeys are brutal, aggressive and want to dominate. As soon as the Langur monkeys attack and take over the cemetery, it becomes clear that they want to rule everything and be at the top of the food chain. They want everything to go their own way and will not let others stand in their way. A lot of time is spent following the Langur monkey troop in this book. Mico starts off as a young monkey with no responsibility but as he grows older, he becomes a part of the army like establishment. He begins to learn what it means to be a Langur monkey and what is expected of him and everyone else, even if he doesn’t agree with what he is told. Mico was a wonderful character because although he had his own ideas and thoughts, he was born into a troop that didn’t really allow that sort of thing. Mico has to rely on his intelligence and cunning to get what he wanted and to do what he believed was the right thing, which is something he learns from Deputy Tyrell, a monkey who uses the same things to get his own way. The plot follows the Langur monkeys and their need to dominate everything around them. Monkey Wars is exactly about what the title would suggest but it is also much more. While the war between the Langur and Rhesus monkeys is right at the forefront of this book, Richard Kurti takes the time to give each monkey a personality, which makes them extremely human-like. He also gives a view of how humans view the monkeys and how the different troops have different places in the lives of humans. The mixture of monkey life and human life (although this part isn’t used too much) was very interesting and it was great to see views from both sides. Overall, Monkey Wars is a fantastic read that I was not expecting to like quite as much. The plot is quite complex at times, interesting and extremely exciting.

  • Daniel Buitrago
    2019-04-12 19:18

    A powerful beginning: a troop of Langur monkeys kills most of the group of Rhesus monkeys that live in the old cemetery of Kolkata. The survivors are snatched from their home in this dramatic attack. After this opening Richard Kurti guides us to a place where time is measured in Seasons, Moons and maybe other forms of more primitive lapses. In fact, we assist to one of those episodes that determine the course of history of… only monkeykind?The author starts from a real incident that connects this story of apes with the human beings. In 2007 the Deputy Mayor of Delhi died after being attacked by a gang of Rhesus macaques. In order to find a solution to this sort of acts of violence the authorities tried using Langurs, a fiercer breed of monkey, to put the Rhesus off.In a delicious night adventure Papina, a young Rhesus female, meets Mico, a small but smart Langur monkey. Their complicated relationship will end up being crucial in this story. Mico will be in between the Langurs and the Rhesus. Commanded by Tyrell, a paranoid monkey that strangely trusts Mico at first, he’ll help Papina and the other Rhesus to survive far from home.Richard Kurti has shaped a great fresco of society for those who may take this monkeys chronicle as an obvious metaphor for human power structure. Kurti has not just observed the monkeys but above all humans, from which he's taken psychology to depict characters.This novel’s got potential as a movie. I could see the images while reading and thought about it once and again. I admire how the atmosphere in the intimate or massive situations is so properly grasped. In short, this is a great and very well written novel about military organization, its hierarchy, corrupt practices of politics, mistrust, betrayal, power struggles and a nicely finished criticism about manipulation.

  • Russell Neumann
    2019-04-19 18:21

    Monkey Wars by Richard Kurti was well written and was devised in a way that it discussed the morals of war but above all the dilemma of following orders even if you know they are wrong without making the story boring at all. Many lessons were learned in this book, but it was fast paced and easy to read. The book started out as the Rhesus monkeys were massacred by the Langur monkeys in their home and only a few survived the attack. We were introduced to the main characters, Papina a young Rhesus monkey, not knowing why her family and friends were murdered. And Mico a young Langur monkey who does not think like the rest of Langur tribe who thirst for blood and enjoy killing. They meet in Papina’s former house and form a friendship that is tested throughout the book. Mico rises in the Langur ranks becoming the trusted advisor for Tyrell, who is a ruthless leader who rose to fame by trickery and deceitfulness. Papina and the refuges take refuge at a temple garden and see more destruction caused by the Langur monkeys, and her faith in Mico is tested. Mico try to help Papina and the Rhesus by giving warning of attacks, but also enjoys the lavish life of being a trusted advisor. He was even given a mate. Mico thought he could sway Tyrell into not killing as many and eventually stop killing, but he just ended up helping kill many more monkeys through his advice and ideas. Finally the murderous plots were too much for Mico to take and he had to choose: does he enjoy a lavish life, but know cold blood murder was on his hands, or does he stand up for what is right, which meant being marked a traitor or worse.

  • German
    2019-03-20 16:33

    the book I chose is called Monkey Wars and it was written by Richard Kurti. this book is about two group of monkeys. one group which is called the Lungar monkey triple who take over the city of Calcutta. when they take over it came with a price a brutal massacre occurs when which leaves many of the lungar troop injured and dead and drive the other monkey troop, the Rhesus troop to leave what they have called home for many years and they embark on a new journey for a new place to call home. within the lunar tribe there are many problems and one lungar named Mico fights back his own to find out the truth about what really is going on with the tribe. this causes many problems and obstacle that she faces and had to try and overcome. I enjoyed reading this book because I have never read anything like this before and I really enjoyed it and I'm not really a big reading fan and I really .was interested in this book and never throughout the book did I get bord and that happens to me a lot. I would recommended this book to most people because it is a good book and has good discriptions which help you picture what is going on in your head which makes the book more interesting. my favorite part was when the lungar troop first took over and they were struggling and this one monkey just comes out of no where and starts taking out everyone in his path.

  • Rudra
    2019-04-02 11:14

    Mico is a very young monkey when humans entice his langur troop into chasing the disruptive rhesus out of the city; even so, he knows that this victory is more gruesome than glorious. When the young rhesus Papina sneaks back to discover her father's fate, the two forge an instantaneous bond. Soon, clever, imaginative Mico ascends the langur hierarchy while secretly feeding information to Papina and the other rhesus refugees. As Tyrell, the new langur dictator, grows ever more ambitious, bloodthirsty and paranoid, Mico finds it increasingly difficult to juggle his loyalty to his tribe and his duty to his conscience. With its pomp, pageantry and brutally effective terror tactics, its ghettos and genocide, the langur tyranny deliberately evokes the Nazi regime. As a Hitler analog, Tyrell’s frothing villainy overshadows his charisma, but the allure of power—even for the most conscientious—is portrayed with frightening effectiveness. The straightforward prose has a disconcerting tendency to switch viewpoint midscene, yet it also ratchets up the suspense and dread with unrelenting urgency, compelling readers to keep the pages turning. Graphic and implacably grim, the tale does not shy away from the toll oppression exacts from victims, perpetrators, collaborators and bystanders alike.

  • Michelle Moloney King
    2019-03-30 18:28

    First published on http://teachermoloneyking.com/2013/05...Right out the gate we are witness to the start of a war, we follow Mico and family as they are left homeless and shocked. All they have left is to fight for their home. Kurti has constructed a complex world of politics, battles, betrayal using the Langur and Rhesus monkey troops. This is a layerd, heavey handed and very detailed telling of a war. The choice to use monkeys does give us a different slant of war. These monkeys could very well be a human story, which adds a nice Orwellian vibe to the book.This is a vivid and realistic world, I know that monkeys as main characters may seem childish but there is nothing silly or frivolous about this story. I was brought into the world from page one.This would be an interesting book if you are looking for something different with debt. I could see this being a great book to use in school: the society at war, the politics, the setting and the challenge of doing what's right.A book that will shock you with a story of monkeys that can be universally applied to us all. A bold, realistic, heartfelt book that will stay in your thoughts for a long time. Thank you to Walker Press and Hannah Heart for the review copy.

  • Dominique White
    2019-04-02 18:38

    "Monkey Wars" is quite simply too important to be read solely by young adults. A truly remarkable allegorical tale which sheds light on the difficulties of decision making in times of political unrest and war, this novel should become recommended reading for teenagers, alongside George Orwell’s modern classics “Animal Farm” and “1984” or Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22”. Full of reflexions on what motivates people to lead or be led, to be heroes or to succumb to cowardice, it is a credit to Richard Kurti that he managed to keep the narrative free from hyperbole. The joy in reading this fast-paced, often gruesome, cruel and stark story comes from witnessing the compassion shown by some, the survival against the odds of others as well as the pathos and the glory so well scripted that the tale literally sweeps you away.Teachers & parents should turn to "Monkey Wars" for insight on how to explain the migrant crisis currently facing Europe. When teenagers ask: Why flee? What is tyranny? What are they leaving behind? When worried Europeans ponder: What do they want? What can we offer? Why here?

  • Peyotitlan
    2019-03-25 17:32

    This is a fantastic book and it is for all ages.It is a thrilling, moving and educational book that will have you cheering for (some of) the characters and will have you worry for them and share their pain.The characters are so real that I had to make an extra effort in the first few chapters to imagine them as they breed of monkeys that each were. Once I got into the swing of things and became familiar with each character and pack it was an exciting ride.This book has got so much to teach us or remind us about our nature, about the lure of power and for the last decade, the manipulation and misinformation from the top in order to achieve their personal goals/ambitions regardless of the cost, in lives, the lives of those they were supposed to serve/protect/represent. The simple analogies remind and tell us so much about ourselves.Uncompromising, honest and memorable! A book that I would recommend to anyone and I would urge everyone to buy a copy and read it!

  • Kelly
    2019-04-05 19:42

    This is an ambitious book about monkeys...I really would give this book more of 2.5 stars, but since that isn't an option, I rounded up. I thought this book, which was a thinly veiled reference to the politics that led to the Holocaust (and I was right, according to the author's afterword), had great heart. I appreciated where it was coming from and it was a very developed story (almost too developed).I did wish that the monkeys had felt more like monkeys and less like people. The author admitted that he took some liberty with his monkey characteristics, but my internet browsing suggested they barely acted like monkeys. I would have liked them to feel more like animals, I think.All in all, a neat novel, I appreciate its heart, but I skimmed a lot of this.

  • bobo the baboon (harry makinson)
    2019-03-22 12:31

    Monkey wars is a book written by Richard kurti about a war between two troops of monkey's, the rhesus and the langur. the book is written from the perspectives of three monkeys, Tyrell the leader of the langur, papina a very brave rhesus and mico who is a langur but is a double agent for the rheseus.I really like this book because not many books are written from the perspectives of animals and it is a very gripping book. i also really like how mico's personality evolves as you go through the story.

  • Siddharth Singh
    2019-04-15 15:39

    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.

  • Melle
    2019-04-06 13:38

    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.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-20 19:13

    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.

  • Debbie Armbruster
    2019-04-13 11:39

    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.)

  • Nidia Rodriguez
    2019-04-14 17:29

    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.

  • Nadine
    2019-04-15 12:17

    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.

  • Danny
    2019-04-11 11:23

    This book was great. I really like the characters and the in depth story. It kept me interested the whole way through, and I couldn't put it down half the time. One of my favorite books recently and I will definitely recommend this.

  • Linda Peng
    2019-03-27 19:14

    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.

  • Janice
    2019-03-24 17:36

    A novel written from monkey's points of view, while still in a world of humans was very fun to read. Of course, it wasn't really realistic, but a great and entertaining read, and watching the monkey characters develop, and go through difficult decisions like any old human was intriguing.

  • Seema Rajpal
    2019-04-17 13:35

    The summary gave me a very George Orwell 1984 vibe but it descended into something much more 'Indian'. It's an ok book, could have given it a miss.

  • Eden Grey
    2019-03-22 11:12

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

  • Databear
    2019-04-07 11:36

    I nicely paced YA book. Mostly about war and tactics, does have some emotion an moral dilemmas.