More than ten years ago, I began reading the Alex Rider series, and it quickly became one of my favorites. My obsession with Alex Rider started after I saw the movie, Operation Stormbreaker, an adaptation of the first book, and has only grown stronger as I continue to read this series. With each book, I grow more in love with the writing style, the storyline, and the missions Alex is assigned to go on. I hadn’t been a bookworm for very long when I found this series, but after finishing the first eight books my love for reading took off. For years I’ve been looking for a book series as great as Alex Rider, and one day I hope that I will be able to write as amazing as Anthony Horowitz.
The series follows fourteen-year-old Alex Rider, whose world is turned upside down after his uncle’s sudden death. A whole new world is opened up to Alex, and he soon learns that his uncle wasn’t the man he said he was. In fact, not only was Alex’s uncle a spy but for years he had been training Alex to follow in his footsteps. Needing another operative, MI6 recruits Alex to finish the mission his uncle died trying to complete. However, what was supposed to be one mission turns into multiple and Alex soon becomes one of MI6’s top spies.
This is a gripping, action-packed, series that is great for teens who have a love for adventure. One of my favorite things about reading these books is the detail Anthony Horowitz puts into the storylines. He doesn’t just write everything that Alex is doing; instead, he lets us go inside Alex’s brain to explain how his epic escapes or fight scenes come together. When I read those scenes, I feel as if I’m watching it all unfold; like in the movie Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. when Sherlock does a step-by-step of what he was going to do in slow motion before the scene plays in real time.
About six years ago, Anthony Horowitz announced that he had finished writing the Alex Rider series; however, in 2017 he once again picked up his pen and has decided to continue Alex’s story with Never Say Die with more to come. The child inside of me burst with excitement when I learned there was going to be more Alex Rider books; even at 21, I am still in love with this series and connect with Alex though there is now a seven-year age difference. I’m beyond excited that the series is continuing and cannot wait for Nightshade to come out next year!