“In this spy-action-thriller book, Stormbreaker, by Anthony Horowitz, lives a fourteen-year old named Alex Rider who lives in London with his housekeeper, Jack, because both of his parents died from a plane accident. They told him that Ian had died from a car accident, but the bullet marks on his uncle’s windshield makes him wonder, and later he finds out that they lied to him. Ian had worked for M16-Britain’s top-secret intelligence agency. The head of M16, Alan Blunt, and Mrs. Jones, who works for Alan, tell Alex at Ian’s funeral how Ian really died and that he was assassinated. He had been working undercover here in England, in Cornwall, and was driving back to London to make a report when he was killed. Down in his uncle’s work building, Alex gets information about a man named Herod Sayle, who plans to donate thousands of this computer system called the Stormbreaker, to all schools across England. After the training, Alex is given a couple of special gadgets that will help him throughout the journey. Soon after, Alex is sent to Sayle Enterprise. He makes his first accidental mistake by telling Sayle to call him Alex, instead of Felix. The next morning, after meeting a few of the employees from the previous night, he gets called down to test the Stormbreaker. After the testing for several hours, Alex decides to sneak around a bit, but gets caught. He finds out Herod’s plan from his own investigations. Herod’s plan is to infect all of the children at school with small pox, which is hidden inside the computer systems. When Herod finds out that his plan has been discovered, he attempts to kill Alex by throwing him off the edge of the building, but instead Alex gets rescued by a helicopter and follows where Herod is going. Just in time Alex manages to stop Herod with the help of former enemy, Yassen Gregorovich, and gets to tell him what his uncle never got the chance to say.
I personally really enjoyed this book. The fact that it’s a spy, action kind of book really got me interested. The book made me want to keep reading because I wanted to know what would happen next. I also liked the personality of the characters, like Alex himself. He was just a regular, chill, normal teenager, until he turned into a spy that is. Also he was very athletic and involved. Alan Blunt talked about Alex’s background when he and Mrs. Jones were having a confidential meeting and said, “I mean, he’s lived abroad so he now speaks French, German, and Spanish. He’s been mountain climbing, diving, and skiing. He’s learned karate. Physically he’s in perfect shape.” He even reminded me of myself a little. I’m learning French, I know a little Spanish, I’ve gone skiing before and I used to take karate. Overall, I thought it was a adventurous, suspensful, easy book to read. I would definitely recommend it to people who like spy, action books because it really gets you wondering what’s going to happen next, or who’s going to die next.