This is another series I have read but after re reading the CHERUB series I thought why not re-read this series and find out what Anthony Horowitz is able to do with children spies and see if he is able to be compared to Robert Muchamore.
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.
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This is one of the first books I had read on children spies and at the time I remember really liking the story and everything that came with it. So after reading through the cherub series again and loving that I thought the same would happen when it came to the Alex Rider series, this has not been the case. Throughout this read I was bored a lot of the time and couldn’t find myself believing anything that had happened in the story. One of the reason why I loved the cherub series so much is that it was made believable, nothing was too easy for the spies and sometimes they got something wrong that ruined a mission and this was shown from the first book. The total opposite seemed to of happened with Alex Rider as even though he might have done something wrong it all came out alright in the end with a nice happy ending.
Don’t get me wrong the story was told really well and the way that everything was being described it was very easy for me to imagine everything that was happening in the book, such as the house in which the computers where being made to the underground mine. But it is not the description of the story that made me feel like this a bad book it is just the story itself.
If it wasn’t for his uncle, then Alex would not have had a single chance on his mission which just made the story so much worse, for me it felt like there was no need for Alex to even be there. They could have found literally anyone else, most likely even a grown up and they would have been able to do the job just fine. Yes of course when it came to the action parts of the book Alex’s history with karate and keeping fit really did help him along but that is all he really had, he wasn’t really clever or possess any specific talents that would help him out in the field, it is literally all because his uncle was a spy.
For me I don’t recommend this book to anyone if you are over the age of 12 but even then I would recommend you read the Cherub series instead. I am not saying that Anthony Horowitz is a bad author, as I loved his Gatekeepers series a lot and recently finished the last book. I just think he should stick to writing for the older audience.