But he s also daring He is a reasonable person, but one who does not hesitate to put himself in danger if it means saving lives in the process He is smart and quick on his feet, qualities necessary to face unpredictable events I love this book and Alex partly because my fascination with spies is still awake somewhere inside me and partly because it is so damn fun I mean, not quite realistic, but who cares Spies belong to the fictional worldthan they do to the real world anyway I don t know about you, but I don t know as many real spies as I do fictional ones Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin One of the greatest spy books I have read, I saw the film on TV and wanted to read the books The book was better although I used the image of Alex in the books, it helped I now read muchbook, I like the Alex Rider series, the Jason steed series and I have just started reading Cherub series.
Alex mum dad are dead he lives with his uncle His uncle Ian Rider takes him all sorts of adventure holidays and also gives him karate lessons What Alex does not know is that he is actually being trained to be a boy spy I will not spolit it, you need to read it, you will like it, even my dad liked it.
I read this book because it is so popular with my students I can see the appeal espionage, a kid caught in everyone else s plans, having to take care of himself while saving the world Action, adventure, violence The boys eat this stuff up I just wish Horowitz had written it with his readers in mind as the young, impressionable audience that they are I hate all the label dropping Do we need to know that our character wears Nike and Gap Absolutely not Why feed into this consumerist crap, especially for a young audience that is already so consumed with having to have what is cool And the car details Give me a break Most of the kids and teens reading this have no clue what the differences between engines are And then there is Alex himself, who appears to me to be an arrogant, showboating, hotshot who thinks he can do anything on his own Such a bad role model This book left me very conflicted as a children s librarian My elementary students like the books I think the first one I cannot testify for the rest of the series as I haven t read them is full of all the things that I do not want to promote in the collection for which I am responsible violence, consumerism, and a disrespectful protagonist They get enough of this is every other form of media However, kids who don t like to read will read Alex Rider It has reluctant reader appeal So do I add it to the books to be discarded and face alienating my students with my conservatism Do I want a library full of classic novels that no one will read Or do I continue to buy and shelve books like the Alex Rider series and Wimpy Kid series which are immensely popular but set bad examples for their audience
Being a teenage spy is something I ve never experienced, but Stormbreaker really makes me feel like I have This book is about a boy named Alex Rider, who has been a regular boy all his life until he is called by M 16, the British secret service, to be on a secret mission to investigate a computer called the Stormbreaker This book is full of good guys, bad guys, and of course, its full of suspense, adventure, and action The person in this book that really draws you in is Harold Sayle, the inventor of the supercomputer the Stormbreaker That computer makes M 16 very suspicious because hes sending one Stormbreaker to every school in England so they send Alex under cover to be the first kid to try the Stormbreaker But all hes really doing is looking for anything suspicious Many of the characters in this book are pretending to b nice but really be mean, or being generous but really trying to take over the world That is one of the thigs that makes the book so great This is one o the best books I ve ever read, an i would suggest that you should read it along with all of the other Alex Rider adventures in the series.
You know how there are those books that you see everywhere, in every library, in every bookstore, and then one day you just break down and pick it up This is one of those books.
And I should have just left it.
The first few pages were fine I was all prepared to get sucked into this bookI mean, I d seen it EVERYWHERE, after all It had to be good, right It happened with the Pendragon books, it ll happen here too, yeah And then everything after those pages was complete nonsense I was immediately disenchanted But before I go into large scale issues, I d like to mention that these are the paragraphs that immediately set me against this book We can t just send in another agentHe ll be expecting a replacement Somehow we have to trick him We have to send someone in who won t be noticed Someone who can look around and report back without being seen We were considering sending down a woman She might be able to slip in as a cleaner or a kitchen helper I kid you not, this is actually in the book The whole novel had this sexist voice, and the worst of it is that this is set in the current time Really She can slip in as a cleaner or a kitchen helper Also, a thing of note the only PoC in this book was the villainThe whole book was empty Empty motives propelling empty actions I couldn t even tell you what Alex s character is like He s just a cardboard vessel that the plot throws around Not to mention that I was shaking my head at each new twist because they were all impossible and completely ridiculous I can t even tell you how many times I ve had to close the book for a moment to groan and try to surpress the urge to throw the thing at the wall it might have been the fact that it s a library book that saved it.
Dialogue was sometimes laughableand way out of character Alex, a 14 year old boy saying Nor can I or something along those lines Really Does that actually happen orOh and I wouldn t want to leave out this lovely example expressed by the villain You ve done well, Alex I congratulate you And I feel you deserve a reward So I m going to tell you everything Wooooow.
This is great literature right here.
It s like Horowitz is trying to reinforce the assumed notion oh kids are only interested in violence and action and BOOMS Everything else is dispensable.
Because at the end I think I counted at least 4 5 huge mushroom explosions That were completely unnecessary But OH GOD EXPLOSIONS, MAN He s trying to trick his readers into thinking something epic is happening when it s really something trivial.
I d advise everyone against reading this book It may keep young readers turning pages, but there s better literature out there that ll do the same without the cheap effects and gimmicks.
Well, the writing in this book is actually not bad The problem here for me is sort of 2 pronged though one of the prongs may be mufti pointed First, this book is very young in some ways With this plot it has to be, and that s the other problem.
I just couldn t get my head around a 14 year old super spy I know, I know I like Harry Potter and I liked the Ranger s Apprentice books as well as other books with young heroes But those are set in fantasy universes where magic exists and so on If I can accept wizards then a wizarding school isn t a stretch.
and lets face it, they were kids in school The Ranger s Apprentice was, an apprentice Here we get a story line that will require a muchbeefy set of suspension of belief muscles The idea of MI6 recruiting a 14 year old is just a bit much for me To be honest though as I said below in a conversation, when I was 14 and heavily into The Man From U.
, James Bond and other spy fi I d probably have loved it.
So, there is some good action writing here, some daring do with our young hero at the heart of it and so on The writing isn t bad and I suspect that younger readers will eat this up For me the picture of a 14 year old spy just kept intrudingsorry.
Not for me, but if it s for you enjoy.
They Told Him His Uncle Died In An Accident He Wasn T Wearing His Seatbelt, They Said But When Fourteen Year Old Alex Finds His Uncle S Windshield Riddled With Bullet Holes, He Knows It Was No Accident What He Doesn T Know Yet Is That His Uncle Was Killed While On A Top Secret Mission But He Is About To, And Once He Does, There Is No Turning Back Finding Himself In The Middle Of Terrorists, Alex Must Outsmart The People Who Want Him Dead The Government Has Given Him The Technology, But Only He Can Provide The Courage Should He Fail, Every Child In England Will Be Murdered In Cold Blood For years, I have been hearing shouts, whispers, and raves about Alex Rider I m so happy to have finally met him Stormbreaker is book one in Anthony Horowitz s action packed series Fourteen year old, Alex Rider stumbles into the spying world after the death of his uncle But soon realizes he s good at the spying game Running, diving, and snooping around The action is nonstop I liked how Alex s mind worked he was observant, calm, and smart One of my favorite parts was the way he talked himself down from panic he couldn t make an enemy of his imagination The mission, gadgets, and characters pulled me right in Both Alex and the big bad guys especially Mr Grin made me smile and cheer And the humor mixed into the adrenaline had me grinning ear to ear Whoever these people were, they had tried to run him down, to cut him in half, and to incinerate him He had to find a way out before they really got serious Haha.
The story did lack emotion for me though I never felt the loss of Alex s Uncle That surprised me Perhaps, Mr Horowitz wanted to focus on the adventure This book was a blast to read A fun, Bond like adventure that had me flipping pages faster and faster At around 150 pages, I thought to myself This is fun, but I don t see myself continuing on with the series Ha shakes head chuckles Silly, silly me Just wait Wait for the ending I loved it I am on to the next one.
My son loved this book and so I promised to read it too To be honest, it was not my cup of tea, but I ll review it from my kid s point of view This is the first of 10 novels about the protagonist Alex Rider who becomes unwittingly a secret agent after his father is killed It is a nice fantasy with plenty of spy craft and exciting chase scenes and a pretty evil villain My kid loved the action and suspense at the end of each volume and wanted me to give it 5 stars I ll appease him by giving it 4 because I think that perhaps, in a few years, he will be able to read the Smiley books or the James Bond ones and see how real spy stories are written Nonetheless, I can recommend it for boys between, say, 9 and 12 as an easy and exciting read without excessive violence or bad language and no sexual undertones.