Thursday, 27 October 2011

Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz

When his guardian dies in suspicious circumstances, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider finds his world turned upside down. Forcibly recruited into MI6, Alex has to take part in grueling SAS training exercises. 

Then, armed with his own special set of secret gadgets, he's off on his first mission to Cornwall, where Middle-Eastern multi-billionaire Herod Sayle is producing his state-of-the-art Stormbreaker computers. 

Sayle has offered to give one free to every school in the country - but there's more to the gift than meets the eye. 


So I have already read this 5 times...the most recent one is probably the 6th time since it came out 10 years ago! 

Alex is 14, lives in London with his Uncle, Ian, and housekeeper, Jack, as his parents died when he was a baby. One morning Alex is woken up with the news that Ian was killed in a car accident, as he wasn't wearing his seat belt. Alex finds this suspicious and begins to investigate the Van that has been sat outside his house, and the attempts to track the car down so he can see if the seat belt was damaged.All of a sudden he is attached and after pulling off karate moves goes home. Then MI6 show up..

This is a very action packed, quick packed novel and even though the idea of a 14 year old spy makes me giggle, the author has managed to make it seem believable! Everything is explained and it really seems that it could happen! (But then again I'm the same person who was upset when I didn't get a letter from Hogwarts at the age of 11...).

The sentences are short and not too complicated which is great when reading it as a kid, but for me I felt it was too easy to read. Luckily the plot drew me in so much I didn't notice. If it wasn't an entertaining plot I think I may have gotten bored with it all.

One of my favourite characters from the entire series is Smithers, who is a weapon maker for MI6. Since Alex is 14 they will not give him a gun or put him through target practice, however cannot send him into the field empty handed...bring in Smithers! I don't want to give away the awesomeness he creates but I love how simple and genius the ideas are...I'm also very jealous and want some for myself! 

It is definitely a young, young adult book, around 11-14 years old, but doesn't mean I don't think adults should at least give the first one a try! It's very comical and even has adult humour in I didn't understand as a child so great for rereading over and over!

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