Hey guys! Maymunah here! ?
Okay, so this week, I decided to do a book review on one of my all-time favourites, Alex Rider. It is written by Anthony Horowitz, a very popular author, and has gone on to sell a million copies.
I’m gonna say this firstly, it is part of a series of about 10 novels. The first, Storm-Breaker is fairly appropriate for about 10 year olds, but every book onwards I’d say about 12 or more. I’ll explain why later.
Alex Rider is a 14 year old boy who has just lost an uncle in what is supposed to be a car crash. Alex, a relatively bright and physically able boy doesn’t accept this explanation and he discovers his uncle was in fact a spy working for MI6. So, MI6 decide to employ him to fill in the role of a boy invited to a rich inventor’s home to discover the real reason for his gift of state-of-the-art Storm-Breaker computers to every school…
The book was incredibly enjoyable and it is something more aimed at boys (although I’m a girl, and I loved it loads!) There is a lot of action and plot twists and it keeps you guessing. In a way, it’s a little like Sherlock Holmes. People say it’s a lot like a younger version of James Bond, but I can’t verify that. I’ve never seen James Bond ?
Due to its success and popularity, the first few Alex Rider adventures have been turned into graphic novels, with more to follow, I’m sure. Also, there is a film based on the book and Horowitz also did the screenplay on that. But, apparently the film was awful. It was rated as 34% on Rotten Tomatoes and 5.1/10 on IMDb. Also, there was a lot of violence and gun shooting in it which is probably a good reason I haven’t watched it. Either way, the line-up of films that were scheduled were all cancelled. (They were probably going to be waaay over PG…)
Like I said before, 10 year olds will enjoy the cool, savvy style of Alex Rider. The book isn’t overly violent (except for the part where he gets thrown into a tank with a Portuguese man o’ war and there are a few parts where people get shot and die) but the descriptions aren’t overly graphic. The gadgets are pretty cool and exciting; they can also relate to kids these days who’ll probably wish their DS or zit-cream were as awesome as Alex’s. It was a very enjoyable and exciting read.
If you’ve read it, what did you think? Leave a comment below!
About the Author
Maymunah Azad is a 15 year old author living in Derbyshire. She enjoys reading, writing and being a general geek!
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