Alex Rider is your typical 14 year old boy. He likes girls, action movies and sports. However, when his Uncle Ian suddenly dies in a car crash, Alex knows the story is a lie. The bullet holes in the windshield are all the evidence he needs. Upon further investigation, he stumbles upon an astounding truth. His uncle was not the humble businessman that he had pretended to be, but a secret agent for the British secret service, MI6.
When Alex is chosen to replace his uncle as a spy, his life goes upside down. He finds himself fighting goons, surviving a jellyfish attack, and stopping a crazy terrorist from destroying England. I don’t want to give anything else away because the book is all about suspense.
This book is riveting! Percy Jackson fans will especially enjoy this story as they are both written with similar first-person irony. I also recommend it to those who are tired of predictable endings. While in most books the good guys win, this guy wins in ways that not even the author could see coming! Both boys and girls will find it is an action-packed, fun to read, page-turner. This is an intense mystery. I read it in two days because I could not put it down!
-Evan G., 6th grade