It’s hard to believe that over 10 years ago, Anthony Horowitz brought us the tale of reluctant teen superspy, Alex Rider. It’s even harder to believe that I was only 12 when I was recommended by my school librarian that this would a brilliant book to read. Taking her advice, I sneakily read the book inbetween school lessons and actually finished the book that very same day. (Yes, I was quite the bookworm back then, but I digress…)
Seeing the provision listing on Amazon last year, I remember the anticipation I felt every time I nagged my school librarian as to when the next book in the series was coming out. Thanks to modern technology, I didn’t have to wait very long. The 31st March 2011 was the release date for the book, and within days it was posted through my letterbox and the school child in me instantly set on reading the book.
Regardless of what any book reviewer has said, the Alex Rider series has been one of the most interesting teen series of books released in the last decade, I’d even go as far as saying spawning a line of books in the vein of Alex Rider as well, Robert Muchamore’s C.H.E.R.U.B. series of books springs to mind as one taking the teen spy genre that little bit further.
Scorpia Rising definitely wasn’t a disappointment. Filled with twists and turns, you could easily tell that Horowitz definitely was writing the last ever book in the series. With Smithers unveiling his ultimate gadget, and Alex’s guardian, Jack Starbright, going on a mission with him, there was never a moment where I was disappointed.
You could easily say I’m too much of a wimp to feel the pain and anguish Alex goes through in the book, but I definitely did. As Anthony Horowitz has said in all the interviews he’s given during his press tour, Alex is a changed boy now, despite all nine books only detailing a year of his life in total.
I’d love to write more about the book, but I fear I’d give too much away of the plot. All I can recommend to you is that if you love espionage and spy stories, the Alex Rider series will not disappoint. Despite it being aimed at teenagers, I think that every book has gotten ever so slightly more themed towards the adult reader. If you’re at a loose end as to what to read next, give the Alex Rider series a try, you will not be disappointed.