Due to the launch of the film Stormbreaker, the biggest budget UK film ever made, I decided to zip through the whole series of Anthony Horowitz books. The six books, collectivly known as the Alex Rider series after the protagonist, take place over a period of a few months in the life of a 14 year old schoolboy and part time spy for MI6 special operations.
I can imageine 14 year old boys loving this and it’s pretty safe stuff, no swearing or sex though lots and lots of violence. Nothing overtly bloody but the violence is pretty constant. I know I shouldn’t pick at these as I’m not the intended audience but the main characters inconsistancies bugged me. Sometimes he’d be useless, other times he’d be an expert in something random that would just happen to get him out of a bad situation. It began to get annoying by book three.
Scorpia is probably the most interesting of the series as Alex joins the opposition for a while and some more complex character dilemmas and emotions arise. Other than that this is pretty predictable stuff that 14 year old boys will like.