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.
For the last three months I have been taking part in the Monster Goddess Book Club run by The Bookie Monsters and The Book Goddess. This months pick was a favourite book from your childhood. Originally I was going to read Holes by Louis Sachar because I loved that book but ended up changing to Stormbreaker after finding out (thanks to Tasha!) that the series had continued after what I had thought was the last book.
It was actually a little strange going back to this because I loved it so much as a kid. Like I literally read this book to death. When everyone else was getting all annoyed over Dumbledore dying at the end of Half Blood Prince I was more worried about the fact that Alex Rider had possibly been killed off at the end of one of the later books. True story.
And now, my opinion on Stormbreaker now that I’m all grown up. I’m very surprised to say I enjoyed it. It holds up to rereading as an adult. Admittedly it does feel a little bit childish, the plot isn’t the greatest and at the end the baddie inexplicably turns up to save the day. But it could be worse. It’s basically a kids version of James Bond. In fact it would be a very good way to introduce a kid to James Bond. I liked it. It wasn’t good but it was still decent enough for me to want to continue the series.