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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 thThey 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....

Title : Stormbreaker
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ISBN : 9780142401651
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Stormbreaker Reviews

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-04-08 21:09

    I could read this book over and over again. I grew up with a fascination with spies, most likely triggered by the amazingly entertaining TV show “Totally Spies” I used to watch repeatedly with my brother. I still remember asking my mother, with hearts in the place of eyes, “Do spies really exist?” You see, I thought being a spy was the coolest profession one could have. I shouldn’t have been discouraged by my mom’s reply, but because I am who I am, my heart immediately deflated when she said, “They certainly do, but it’s very dangerous to be a spy.”If she hadn’t known me so well, she would have lied and told me they do not, in fact, exist, because who really encourages their children to choose secrets, violence and murder instead of the quiet office job? But she knew I was reasonable, even at the age of eight. Maybe this is why I love Alex Rider so much. He knows the danger he is in. Actually, he refuses the mission at first. He wants to live a tranquil, normal life. Why should he put himself at risk and end up killed like his uncle? Of course, in the end, he doesn’t really have a choice anymore. In the book world, we would totally match.But he’s also daring. He is a reasonable person, but one who does not hesitate to put himself in danger if it means saving lives in the process. He is smart and quick on his feet, qualities necessary to face unpredictable events. I love this book (and Alex) partly because my fascination with spies is still awake somewhere inside me and partly because it is so damn fun. I mean, not quite realistic, but who cares? Spies belong to the fictional world more than they do to the real world anyway. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know as many real spies as I do fictional ones. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  • Erica
    2019-04-04 19:37

    I read this book because it is so popular with my students. I can see the appeal: espionage, a kid caught in everyone else's plans, having to take care of himself while saving the world. Action, adventure, violence. The boys eat this stuff up. I just wish Horowitz had written it with his readers in mind as the young, impressionable audience that they are. I hate all the label dropping! Do we need to know that our character wears Nike and Gap? Absolutely not. Why feed into this consumerist crap, especially for a young audience that is already so consumed with having to have what is cool. And the car details! Give me a break! Most of the kids and teens reading this have no clue what the differences between engines are. And then there is Alex himself, who appears to me to be an arrogant, showboating, hotshot who thinks he can do anything on his own. Such a bad role model. This book left me very conflicted as a children's librarian. My elementary students like the books. I think the first one (I cannot testify for the rest of the series as I haven't read them) is full of all the things that I do not want to promote in the collection for which I am responsible: violence, consumerism, and a disrespectful protagonist. They get enough of this is every other form of media. However, kids who don't like to read will read Alex Rider. It has reluctant reader appeal. So do I add it to the books to be discarded and face alienating my students with my conservatism? Do I want a library full of "classic novels" that no one will read? Or do I continue to buy and shelve books like the Alex Rider series and Wimpy Kid series which are immensely popular but set bad examples for their audience?

  • Carter Knopik
    2019-04-03 16:32

    Being a teenage spy is something I've never experienced, but Stormbreaker really makes me feel like I have. This book is about a boy named Alex Rider, who has been a regular boy all his life until he is called by M-16, the British secret service, to be on a secret mission to investigate a computer called the Stormbreaker. This book is full of good guys, bad guys, and of course, its full of suspense, adventure, and action.The person in this book that really draws you in is Harold Sayle, the inventor of the supercomputer the Stormbreaker. That computer makes M-16 very suspicious because hes sending one Stormbreaker to every school in England. so they send Alex under cover to be the first kid to try the Stormbreaker. But all hes really doing is looking for anything suspicious. Many of the characters in this book are pretending to b nice but really be mean, or being generous but really trying to take over the world... That is one of the thigs that makes the book so great. This is one o the best books I've ever read, an i would suggest that you should read it along with all of the other Alex Rider adventures in the series.

  • Nannah
    2019-04-08 16:28

    You know how there are those books that you see everywhere, in every library, in every bookstore, and then one day you just break down and pick it up? This is one of those books.And I should have just left it.The first few pages were fine--I was all prepared to get sucked into this book . . . I mean, I'd seen it EVERYWHERE, after all. It had to be good, right? It happened with the Pendragon books, it'll happen here too, yeah?And then everything after those pages was complete nonsense. I was immediately disenchanted. But before I go into large-scale issues, I'd like to mention that these are the paragraphs that immediately set me against this book:"'We can't just send in another agent . . . He'll be expecting a replacement. Somehow we have to trick him.""We have to send someone in who won't be noticed. Someone who can look around and report back without being seen. We were considering sending down a woman. She might be able to slip in as a cleaner or a kitchen helper.'" . . . I kid you not, this is actually in the book. The whole novel had this sexist voice, and the worst of it is that this is set in the current time. Really! She can slip in as a cleaner or a kitchen helper. Also, a thing of note: the only PoC in this book was the villain . . . The whole book was empty. Empty motives propelling empty actions. I couldn't even tell you what Alex's character is like. He's just a cardboard vessel that the "plot" throws around. Not to mention that I was shaking my head at each new "twist" because they were all impossible and completely ridiculous. I can't even tell you how many times I've had to close the book for a moment to groan and try to surpress the urge to throw the thing at the wall (it might have been the fact that it's a library book that saved it).Dialogue was sometimes laughable . . . and way out of character. Alex, a 14-year-old boy saying "Nor can I" (or something along those lines)? Really? Does that actually happen or . . . ? Oh and I wouldn't want to leave out this lovely example expressed by the villain: "'You've done well, Alex. . . I congratulate you. And I feel you deserve a reward. So I'm going to tell you everything."Wooooow.This is great literature right here.It's like Horowitz is trying to reinforce the assumed notion: oh kids are only interested in violence and action and BOOMS! Everything else is dispensable.Because at the end I think I counted at least 4-5 huge mushroom explosions. That were completely unnecessary. But OH GOD EXPLOSIONS, MAN. He's trying to trick his readers into thinking something epic is happening when it's really something trivial.I'd advise everyone against reading this book. It may keep young readers turning pages, but there's better literature out there that'll do the same without the cheap effects and gimmicks.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-03-21 23:10

    Well, the writing in this book is actually not bad. The problem here for me is sort of 2 pronged (though one of the prongs may be "mufti-pointed"). First, this book is very young in some ways. With this plot it has to be, and that's the other problem.I just couldn't get my head around a 14 year old super spy. I know, I know I like Harry Potter and I liked the Ranger's Apprentice books as well as other books with young heroes. But those are set in fantasy universes where magic exists and so on. If I can accept wizards then a wizarding school isn't a stretch....and lets face it, they were kids in school. The Ranger's Apprentice was, "an apprentice". Here we get a story line that will require a much more beefy set of suspension of belief muscles. The idea of MI6 recruiting a 14 year old is just a bit much for me. To be honest though as I said below in a conversation, when I was 14 (and heavily into The Man From U.N.C.L.E., James Bond and other "spy-fi") I'd probably have loved it.So, there is some good action writing here, some daring-do with our young hero at the heart of it and so on. The writing isn't bad and I suspect that younger readers will eat this up. For me the picture of a 14 year old spy just kept intruding...sorry.Not for me, but if it's for you enjoy.

  • Laura
    2019-04-03 22:16

    For years, I have been hearing shouts, whispers, and raves about Alex Rider. I’m so happy to have finally met him. Stormbreaker is book one in Anthony Horowitz’s action packed series. Fourteen year old, Alex Rider stumbles into the spying world after the death of his uncle. But soon realizes he’s good at the spying game. Running, diving, and snooping around! The action is nonstop. I liked how Alex’s mind worked—he was observant, calm, and smart. One of my favorite parts was the way he talked himself down from panic—“he couldn’t make an enemy of his imagination”. The mission, gadgets, and characters pulled me right in. Both Alex and the big bad guys—especially Mr. Grin!--made me smile and cheer. And the humor mixed into the adrenaline had me grinning ear to ear…”Whoever these people were, they had tried to run him down, to cut him in half, and to incinerate him. He had to find a way out before they really got serious.” Haha…..The story did lack emotion for me though. I never felt the loss of Alex’s Uncle. That surprised me. Perhaps, Mr. Horowitz wanted to focus on the adventure. This book was a blast to read! A fun, Bond like adventure that had me flipping pages faster and faster. At around 150 pages, I thought to myself—This is fun, but I don’t see myself continuing on with the series. Ha…*shakes head & chuckles* Silly, silly me. Just wait. Wait for the ending! I loved it!I am on to the next one.

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2019-04-05 20:09

    My son loved this book and so I promised to read it too. To be honest, it was not my cup of tea, but I'll review it from my kid's point of view. This is the first of 10 novels about the protagonist Alex Rider who becomes unwittingly a secret agent after his father is killed. It is a nice fantasy with plenty of spy craft and exciting chase scenes and a pretty evil villain. My kid loved the action and suspense at the end of each volume and wanted me to give it 5 stars. I'll appease him by giving it 4 because I think that perhaps, in a few years, he will be able to read the Smiley books or the James Bond ones and see how real spy stories are written. Nonetheless, I can recommend it for boys between, say, 9 and 12 as an easy and exciting read without excessive violence or bad language and no sexual undertones.

  • Wasee
    2019-04-10 19:27

    চৌদ্দ বছর বয়স্ক অ্যালেক্স রাইডারের জীবন রাতারাতি বদলে যায় চাচা ইয়ান রাইডারের মৃত্যুর সাথে সাথে। ছোটবেলায় বাবা-মা কে হারানোর পর চাচাই ছিল তার সব। গাড়ি দুর্ঘটনায় চাচার মৃত্যু হবার পর, অ্যালেক্স বুঝতে পারে, এতদিন তার কাছে সত্য লুকিয়ে রাখা হয়েছে। ওর চাচা ইয়ান রাইডার কোন সাধারন ব্যাংক কর্মকর্তা নয়, বরং সিক্রেট স্পাই এজেন্সি MI-6 এর একজন গুরুত্বপূর্ণ সদস্য ছিলেন। তার মারা যাওয়াটা নিছক দুর্ঘটনা নয়, পরিকল্পিত হত্যাকান্ড।সাধারন এক স্কুল পড়ুয়া কিশোরের পরিচয় পেছনে ফেলে অ্যালেক্স রাইডার কে ঘটনাচক্রে বাধ্য করা হয় স্পাইয়ের জীবন বেছে নিতে। বুদ্ধি,সাহস দক্ষতা আর উদ্যমের জোরে নিজের যোগ্যতা প্রমাণে দেরী হয় না। ভয়াবহ এক মিশনের জন্য প্রস্তুত করা হয় তাকে। আধুনিক সব গ্যাজেট আর পুরোদস্তর প্রশিক্ষণের মাধ্যমে সর্বেসর্বা করে তোলা হয়। কিন্তু ভুলে গেলে চলবেনা, এই মিশনের কারণেই চাচাকে প্রাণ হারাতে হয়েছে। পদে পদে তাই প্রাণ নাশের আশংকা... হ্যারল্ড সেলের আবিস্ক্রিত সুপারকম্পিউটার স্টর্ম ব্রেকারের জয়জয়কার সারা বিশ্বব্যাপি। দে্শজুড়ে প্রত্যেক স্কুলে স্টোর্ম ব্রেকার স্থাপনের সিদ্ধান্ত নেয়া হয়েছে। তবে বিখ্যাত হ্যারল্ড সেলের প্রতি সিক্রেট এজেন্সি MI-6 এর খুব একটা ভরসা নেই। কিছু একটা ঝামেলা তো আছেই। স্কুল পড়ুয়া বাচ্চাদের ভেতর থেকে অনলাইন প্রতিযোগিতার মাধ্যমে একজনকে বেছে নেয়া হয়, যে কিনা হ্যারল্ড সেলের ব্যাক্তিগত ফ্যাক্টরিতে গিয়ে নিজ হাতে স্টোর্ম ব্রেকার অপারেট করতে পারবে। MI-6 এর পরিকল্পনা অনুযায়ী ভোল পাল্টে অ্যালেক্স রাইডার ঢুকে পড়ে সেখানে। বের হয়ে আসে একের পর এক অজানা তথ্য। শুধু চাচার মৃত্যুর সাথে সম্প্রিক্ততাই নয়, পুরো বিশ্ব আজ হুমকির মুখে। সিংহের খাচায় পা দিয়ে তার বিরুদ্ধে লড়াইয়ে নামার যৌক্তিকতা কতটুকু? অ্যালেক্স কি পারবে নিজেকে রক্ষা করে এই ষড়যন্ত্রকে রুখে দিতে? জানতে হলে পড়তে হবে.... এই সিরিজটি মূলত ইয়াং এডাল্টদের জন্য হলেও, আমার ধারণা যেকোনো বয়সী থ্রিলার প্রেমীদের কাছে ভালোই লাগবে। সিরিজের প্রথম বই হিসেবে স্টোর্ম ব্রেকারের কাহিনী কিছুটা দুর্বল, তবে স্বাদের ভিন্নতার বিষয়টি লক্ষনীয়। টানটান উত্তেজনা সম্রিদ্ধ পুরোদস্তুর স্পাই থ্রিলার - জমজমাট একশান, এডভেঞ্চার আর টুইস্টে ভরপুর। আর হ্যা, সিরিজের পররবর্তী বই থেকে কাহিনী আরও শক্তিশালী হতে শুরু করে। পড়তে গিয়ে হতাশ হবেন না, এটুকু নিশ্চয়তা দিতেই পারি। :) আর হ্যা, একটা কথা মনে রাখবেন!! "Alex rider is never too young to die"#Happy_Reading

  • সালমান হক
    2019-03-26 19:07

    যদিও ইয়াং এডাল্ট বই কিন্তু একটু ভিন্নতা আছে, কারণ এই বয়সের প্রোটাগোনিস্টদের নিয়ে সাধারণত যে বইগুলো হয় তার বেশীর ভাগই ফ্যান্টাসী। কিন্তু এটা পুরা স্পাই থ্রিলার্। :) পুরা জেমস বন্ড স্টাইল এ মারামারি, থ্রিল, কমিক ভিলেন দরকারী সব উপাদান ই আছে পরিমাণ মত। তবে আমার কাছে এলেক্স রাইডার কে একটু ঠান্ডা ঠান্ডা মনে হয়েছে। হিউমর কম। অবশ্য MI6 এর একজন এজেন্ট এমন ই হবে। ঘটনা হল, বই এর শুরুতেই এলেক্সের চাচা যে কিনা একজন স্পাই সে মারা যান, তার যায়গায় নিরুপায় হয়ে যোগ দেয় এলেক্স। ঘটনাক্রমে কেচো খুজতে গিয়ে সাপ বেড়িয়ে আসে আর শেষ মেষ এলেক্স সব সমস্যা ঠিকই সমাধান করে ফেলে। হাজার হোক থ্রিলার, তাই শুরু থেকে না হলেও মাঝামাঝি থেকে ভালো রকম উত্তেজনাই আছে। পড়তে পারেন হাতে সময় থাকলে। :)

  • Raoofa Ibrahim
    2019-04-05 21:12

    Actual rating: 3.5 Not so much excited as I expected.. It's good story, it's mainly for the readers at 14 but I enjoyed it nevertheless.. And I'm going to read the rest of the series soon.The story is about Alex who is 14 yrs old, he lives with his uncle, but one day the police came to his house to tell him that Ian-his uncle- died from a car accident because he didn't put the seat belt but Alex knew that Ian would never forget something like that so he gets curious about his uncle's death and here where our story begin

  • Kelly
    2019-03-24 23:33

    I read this book for a book club hosted at one of the schools that my library serves.I was expecting more from the book as it was/is so popular with younger boys and this first book spawned a whole series as well as a movie (though I do know that the movie bombed). I just found the book to be boring and predictable. It was hard for the group to come up with something to discuss during our meetings because the book is totally plot driven. There's not much wrong with being a plot driven thriller, but that doesn't really work well for discussion.The other big problem I had with the book is that the main character seems so emotionless. Anyone -- teen or adult -- should have an emotional response when they find out that the only adult in their life has died mysteriously. Alex Rider seems more interested in finding out why his uncle didn't buckle his seat belt than he is in having a real emotion. For that reason, I find it hard to cling to anything real in the book. If I can't care for the main character, do I really worry when he's in jeopardy? Not really. Because I know that when we're this divorced from reality there is no chance of Rider pulling off his James Bond stunts with nary a scratch.

  • Salama R 140A501
    2019-03-22 17:28

    First of all I chose this book because I watched the movie and I like it. The book was more magnificent than the movie because it contained more details that caught my eyes through the reading process. Since this is my first book I have read for Anthony Horowitz, I really love it. In addition, the author has an amazing way of writing that catches my heart and he has a sense of humor that makes me laugh loudly. As a result, I want to read all parts of Alex Rider.This book can be considered as an action, suspense and fiction genres of book. The story of the book happens in London and it is about a boy that is called Alex Rider whose parents died and he lives with his uncle who is Ian Rider and a housekeeper that is called Jack Starbright. Alex Rider is a teenager when his uncle dies in suspicious circumstances. His life turns upside down when he know every thing about his uncle by spying on MI6. Consequently, he works for MI6 after he takes a part in SAS training exercise. After that, he has sent to his first mission that is dealing with Herod Sayle. Herod Sayle is a very rich man who is making a stormbreaker as a gift for schools in England. I did not know the end until the last word of the story because I changed my expected ending every minute. This book was written very well, I liked every part of it especially Twelve O'clock part because it has a lot of action and exciting events that make you happy, exciting and anxious to know what will happen to Alex. The ending is also exciting because it leads you right into the next book with a good feeling.At the end of the review, I want to share with you my favourite quote from the Stormbreaker that is "Whoever this man was, he seemed to have less life than anyone in the cemetery. Above or below ground." I love this quote because it always makes me laugh every time I read it.I think you should read the Stormbreaker to have the same feeling l had when I finished the book with big smile. However, I felt sad because I did not want to finish it because I got involved in the story not only with my mind but also with my heart. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a lot of fighting, killing, and action. In addition, this book is appropriate to all ages. Now, I feel exciting and I want to take a part in fighting to be just like Alex Rider. :)

  • Madeline
    2019-04-05 20:29

    I picked this book up in my high school media center during study hall when I was bored and had nothing else to do. I read it in about three days and proceeded to rip through the next four books in the series. Still can't really explain why I like these books - Horowitz's target audience is clearly 14 year old boys who don't read much. I guess it's because I'm a James Bond fan, and the Alex Rider series could have been retitled "007 - The Middle School Years." Seriously, the plot of every book is a carbon copy of a classic Bond film: there are crazy gadgets, weird villains with even weirder plans for world domination, drawn-out attempts to kill Alex (in Stormbreaker, he gets thrown in a tank containing a giant jellyfish), lots of high-speed chases, and even the required Bond-girl character is present in Alex's friend/potential love interest, Sabina Pleasure (I wish I was kidding about her name. But I'm not). The only thing missing is the martinis. Good light reading if you want to avoid doing your homework and still look like you're doing something academic.

  • Louise
    2019-04-11 19:19

    3 StarsAnother three star read. I enjoyed it, I’ll read the next couple of sequels at least, but there was a lot that held me back from liking it more. This is (mostly) more my fault than the book’s; which is, for the most part, a high quality action-adventure spy-story very much in the vein of a ‘teenage James Bond’ that has fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Unfortunately I’ve never been that into the James Bond films, found Casino Royale to be a total snooze-fest, and have never had any inclination whatsoever to pick up an Ian Flemming book. These damning personal defects aside I would probably have gotten on with this book a lot better had I read it when it came out in 2000 (when I would have been eleven or twelve) – not just because I’d have been both less picky and in the right age bracket but because, only twelve years later, a lot of the premise comes off as absurdly dated.This isn’t Horowitz’s fault of course – in 2000 many teenagers in the UK didn’t have their own mobile phones, 24-hour internet access was an incredible novelty, and a gift of a single computer to a school may well have been a big deal (my primary school replaced the library with its first computer room to celebrate the millennium – the bookshelves were moved to a wide corridor – before that we had a single computer in each class that we were never allowed to actually use). None of that is too unrealistic, but it feels it – and I still can’t come up with a reasonable explanation beyond ‘plot’ why Alex wasn’t equipped with a mobile phone along with the rest of his gadgets. It’s also so very, very, pre 9/11 that it almost breaks belief some of the things Alex can get away with without getting immediately shot dead by security forces. Again, not Horowitz’s fault and it's part of the genre to suspend disbelief at these things but it’s something I also can’t help but notice. That said the target audience of 8+ is not going to care or notice too much – except probably the mobile phone thing.As I’ve probably given away the plot revolves around high-tech computer systems but otherwise it’s very James bond. There’s vehicle chases, near death experiences, dangerous wildlife being kept as pets, labyrinthine underground lairs, death traps, smuggling, and assassins. This book is chock full of action and I’ll say this for it – it does a much better job than most children's books in making you forget that Alex has to survive and fearing for the protagonists safety, at least until after the fifth near-death escape. If you’re after a jam-packed action-filled book that’s a nice easy read this definitely fits the bill. Where it fell down for me though was in also importing the dismissive sexism and xenophobic stereotypes that characterise the adult spy genre.It’s not so much offensive as it is simply lazy – the assassin is Russian, the evil sidekick is a German woman, the bully during Alex’s training has a ‘funny foreign accent’ (though I expect we’ll be seeing him in future books as a goody), and the big-bad is a short, fat, ‘slimy‘ middle-eastern man with eyes like frogspawn who eats dog-meat. Better still his backstory involves an American family ‘rescuing’ him from his own poverty in Beirut and bringing him to London without giving a single fuck for the rest of his family. This probably wouldn’t bother me if I was a child but as an adult I am both more culturally aware than I was, and have seen these ingredients used so many times that I’m quite frankly bored with them. That the villain’s motivation is ‘I was a victim of racist bullying’ doesn’t really mitigate the whole lazy stereotyping that went into characterising him before and after. And then the sexism, again part of the genre but I have to ask – why? Why do action-adventure stories have to have only strong male characters and sideline women into purely maternal or ‘evil sidekick’ roles (thankfully no shoe-horned love interest here)? Why in a novel set in 2000 is the only reference to female spies ‘we have to send in someone who won’t be noticed [. . .] We were considering sending down a woman. She might be able to slip in as a secretary or receptionist’. Even the female in charge of the section only provides a ‘motherly’ role, fretting about Alex while her male partner is flat and emotionless, dedicated to the cause no matter the cost.I’m not angry, I know it sounds it but honestly I’m not. I’m not even offended. I’m just tired. I know this book is essentially a tribute to James Bond but. . . it’s just predictable. Of course the female sidekick is German, the contract killer is Russian – they always are.That said, and I know that’s come off as really negative sounding, I liked the book. It’s not a standout but I enjoyed it and I want to read the next few books as well. Alex has the potential to be an interesting character – I don’t think he quite got there in this book, he seemed way too detached and unaffected by his uncle’s death and made some really obviously stupid mistakes (and the bit of me that volunteers at Natural History museums totally resents a portuguese man-of-war being repeatedly refered to as a ‘jellyfish’), but he’s very fun to read about in the action scenes and as I said, the potential is there – I like that he’s not into the whole spy thing but just wants to be left alone.So yeah. . . a good book, one that I’m sure lots of people who aren't me will love, but one that shares many of the traits that always make me feel excluded and dismissed by this genre. Hopefully I’ll enjoy the next book a bit more because, with a few improvements, this is a series I could really get into.

  • Charlie
    2019-04-02 18:19

    This book is fiction and the main character is Alex Rider who is a fourteen year old boy who is very fit and living a good life in London. The conflict is external because a lot of fighting happens in this book. At the very start of the book, Alex finds out that his uncle just died in a car accident and didn’t wear his seatbelt. Alex doesn’t believe this because Ian Rider always wore his seatbelt. Later Alex sees bullet shots in the car window which proves that Ian Rider was shot to death. After that Alex goes down to Ian’s office to talk to some people about his will. While he is there, he looks around and finds out that Ian was never an accountant, but he was really a spy. Alex is forced to continue Ian’s mission. The mission is called “Stormbreaker” so Alex goes down to Sayle’s Enterprises. A Stormbreaker is a new computer that is being made, but he knows that something is wrong about those computers. After tons of trouble and almost near death Alex finds out that the computers had poison in them and you would die when you turn them on. I chose this book because a lot of people said it was the best book they ever read, and to me it was the best book I’ve read. Also the written is great, I couldn’t put the book down because the action grows bigger and bigger. I liked the book because Alex keeps getting into trouble but always finds a way out. For example Alex is trapped in a tank with a huge fish that wants to eat him so Alex uses his Zit Crème, which is really a lotion that destroys any metal in seconds, on the bottom of the cage and the glass opens and he gets out. I connected the character to me because we are both fourteen years old.Words: 298

  • Emma Long
    2019-03-31 16:31

    Following the death of his spy uncle, Ian Rider, 14 year old Alex Rider is recruited into the MI6 to complete his mission. After eleven days of intense SAS style training, Rider is set on his first mission where he investigates the work of Herod Sayle and his Stormbreaker computers. Weaving through old tin mines and underwater caverns, Rider uncovers the unfortunate truth behind the Stormbreakers, a bout of lethal smallpox encased within. At the press of a button all the children of the UK could face a dismal end.Having already watched Horowitz's Foyles War, I had high hopes of his Alex Rider series, however I was left a little disappointed by the literary content, but that may only be due to my age. However with it's James Bond-esque action scenes and gagetry it is sure to entice reluctant young readers in KS2. For use in the classroom I feel it would be a good book to have at hand to get the boys reading, furthermore the gadgets mentioned in the book can be the basis for children to design and make their own mock ups.'Stormbreaker' is most certainly a book aimed towards boys, and it's simplicity is easy for even the most reluctant readers to follow and it might even spur them on to continue with the Alex Rider series. In regards to age range I would encourage ten year old's to give it a go, unless there are any precocious readers. There is a lot of death and violence which may not rest well with younger audiences.

  • Tim
    2019-04-13 20:09

    This book if a fiction book about a fourteen year old boy named Alex Rider. Alex is a normal school boy in London who lives with his uncle. Towards the beginning of the book, Alex is told his uncle died it a car accident. Alex doesn’t think this is true because his uncle is very protective and safe. Alex later finds out his uncle died from gun shots when he was on a secret mission. He also finds out being a spy was his uncles full job. This mission was called the stormbreaker. Alex is told by Alan Blunt to follow what his uncle did and complete the mission. Alex is sent to Cornwall to investigate about a new computer made by a man named Darrius Sayle. Alex is working with these computers planning to give them to every school in the whole country. But Alex finds out they are very harmful and cause death. The reason I picked this book is because I own it at my house and my siblings have read it and enjoyed it before. This book was well written. I enjoyed most of the book because of how throughout the whole book there is action and scary situations for Alex. I haven’t read any book like this before but I have read many with teen age adventurous kid like Alex. I can relate to Alex because he is a 14 year old boy who likes adventure just like me. I would recommend this book to all people who enjoy action packed and exciting book such as this.

  • Holly
    2019-04-03 21:21

    I will start by saying that I read this to my son (11) because he got the entire set for a Christmas present and he thought "it wasn't my thing." He rated it a 5, so for the audience it is intended for, it strikes a (much) more positive chord.What I think he would say about it (positively):1). There's a lot of action. From the beginning to the end, there's no real boring parts.2). There's no unnecessary romance. He hates that in books.What I hated (some admittedly petty):1). Every other sentence. Was a sentence. Fragment. My guess is that this was to emulate the "Bond, James Bond," style but it was impossibly annoying.2). The main character Alex's uncle (who is mentioned a lot) is mentioned as Ian Rider every, single time. Alex does mention that he didn't want to be called Uncle, but who calls their uncle "Ian Rider." How about just Ian? Ian Rider's boss and enemy also call him Ian Rider. Only one character with no tongue who therefore can't properly pronounce the name calls him anything different.3). There were several times when both my son and I said, "What a convenient plot twist." Essentially, it is what it is, a spy book written for middle grade boys. No effort seemed to have been expended in writing it well.

  • Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩
    2019-04-15 17:09

    Not bad. It was pretty much exactly what I expected to be: one of those cool adventure stories intended to hook reluctant tweenage boy readers. And although I am not a reluctant tweenage boy reader, I still found it entertaining. Is this book a deep exploration of human nature and the meaning of life? No. But sometimes it's a relief when all of that is thrown aside, and one can just read something that makes them feel pleasantly stupid. What matters is that this book wasn't intended to be intellectual; it was intended to be fun, and that's all that it was. The usual stuff: explosions, people trying to shoot each other/cut each other in half, parachutes, weapons, futuristic technology, giant killer jellyfish--you name it. The whole thing is pretty cliché, and the whole "evil plot" is pretty dumb. ("I was bullied as a child and now I'm a bitter old man! Now I'm going to create an evil computer to give all the little English schoolchildren smallpox! HEE HEE HEE!") But other than those few parts that made me roll my eyes, it was an entertaining read.

  • Franz
    2019-03-26 16:36

    The main character in this book is Alex. He was told that his grandfather was killed in a car accident, but he then finds out he was gunned down in his car. He also finds out that his grandfather was killed because he was a part of a top secret mission. I like this book because this book has a little bit of adventure and mystery.

  • AlexB_E2
    2019-03-22 20:17

    This book reminds me of my childhood. I used to LOVE things about spies and secret organization stuff. My sister and I used to play "Steal the Candy" or "Whack the Dad in the Stomach Without him Noticing Us" or "Scare our Mom so She Drops the Glass" We liked sneaking around the house even though we were not sneaky. Now I think back, we probably looked really dumb. But in the book, Alex Rider is killing people with jellyfish and jumping out of planes instead of whacking his dad and stealing candy.

  • Logan Arlington
    2019-04-09 22:12

    Alex Rider Stormbreaker is written by Anthony Horowitz is a fictional book about a teenager sent under cover for the MI6 agency. Alex was now 16 and had recently lost both of his parents in a plane and was now living with his uncle Ian Rider. Alex awoke to sirens one night and found out that his uncle was now dead and was told he was killed in a car crash. Ian Rider was a banker but Alex had soon figured out that his uncle was not being completely truthful to him. Alex starts to do some digging into the mystery death of his uncle and discovered that he was murdered and had worked for the MI6 and was not a banker after all. The man that had Ian killed was Herod Sayle and he is a multimillionaire that was working on something that could kill millions of people. Alex Rider is recruited by the MI6 to go on an undercover mission to find out what Herod was working on. Alex goes through many weeks of training for this assignment and goes undercover as the prize winner to be the first person to test the first stormbreaker computer. When Alex arrives to Sayle Enterprises to investigate what Herod is doing he is caught sneaking around and is captured. While he is held captive Herod leaves to go to London to see his master plan unravel. When Alex finally escapes he hurries to London to stop Herod. I think this was an overall good book, it really made me feel what it was like to be an undercover agent. It was a well written book but i feel it was meant for a younger audience from ages ten to thirteen perhaps. In my opinion its was an overall easy book to read it doesn’t take too much to understand what was going on in scene it was in. I think that they should have made the character a little older than fourteen years old. In my opinion no fourteen year old could stop a terrorist the way that Alex did in this book. My overall positive response to this book was very good with its descriptions with the settings and feelings of the character. I will say this is still a really good book but only for people that are in to action and adventure. I would recommend this to middle school guys mostly because the whole book is based around a guys point of view and most girls won’t understand what Alex is thinking in some situations. I do think the ending was a little lazy but I understand why he did what he did with the ending because it raised suspense for the second book.

  • Daniel
    2019-03-31 21:17

    Title: Stormbreaker (Alex Rider Series #1)Author: Anthony Horowitz, John Blackford (Illustrator)Publisher: Penguin Group (USA), 224 pp, 2001Audience: Tweens (young adult)Format: Juvenile book aimed at the tween marketDescription: Alex Rider is fourteen years old and was in the care of his uncle, Ian Rider. The police came to his home at 3 in the morning to inform him that his uncle had died in a car accident. He had died because he hadn’t been wearing a seat belt and was struck by a truck. Alex doesn’t believe this and finds bullet holes in his uncle’s car. He later finds out that his uncle was actually a spy for Britain’s intelligence agency, MI6. Personal Review: This story reminds me of Ian Fleming’s 007 except with a younger spy. It has all the elements of a spy and action thriller but more appropriate for younger children. It also has the element where the parent or guardian is killed off in the beginning of the book. What I really liked about this book was the possibility of a 14 year old becoming an agent for MI6. It’s unbelievable but at the same time makes for a good story. It’s also like the movie Agent Cody Banks but with a more realistic approach. Kids will definitely want to read this book and possibly look at the character of Alex Rider as a role model who is looking of revenge and justice in hunting down the people that killed his uncle. Citation of 2 critical sources:Lynn Bryant’s School Library Journal review does a good job of giving the reader the right amount of teaser information to get the reader interested in the story. It also makes a reference to the James Bond style of adventure that kids will love. This review did a great job of getting the person excited about reading the book but not giving too much of the plot away.Kirkus’ reviews starts off with the question: “What if James Bond had started spying as a teenager?” I think that this is a great way of hooking younger and maybe even older readers into this story. I think that review makes a great comparison of this story and it really does a great job of describing some of the action pieces of the story.

  • Andrew
    2019-03-22 18:30

    This is the start of the phenomenally successful Alex Rider series written by the equally successful Anthony Horowitz (the man has written so much its difficult not to either be influenced by it or to be distracted by it, after all I have his two officially sanctioned Sherlock Holmes books... ok must resist).Where was I ah yes this is the first in a series of book which charts the exploits of a seemingly normal school boy Alex Rider who is destined to much more. The series runs in to numerous titles (there are 9 titles of Alex's exploits) and has recently returned with a leaner darker edition (which I have yet to get).But this book although aimed at the teenage audience I think is so well written that it does not feel like it. Now I try not to give away spoilers however since this book appears everywhere (when I go around the charity book shops there are always copies there, its more a case of what condition are they in) and the film has seen its fair share of air time too, however if you still were able to miss all this its a challenge not to give it away. Sufficient to say that the film presents are more realistic version of the boy and his adventures while the book allows you to "bend" the facts and imagine more. To that end I think that the villains and set pieces are more impressive in the book (yes I will admit I am biased book over film every time). So my opinion - its a great opening title, however I am sure there are bigger and greater adventures awaiting out there and with the rest of the series stretching out ahead I am sure I will not be disappointed

  • Rose
    2019-03-26 20:11

    So, i was quite excited when i found out there was a book. I loved the movie, so of course i had to read the book.Well, i can say i didn't got disappointed.The book was fine, but it's not like it was horrifying, or filled with big emotions. Everything in it was all happening quite fast, and we almost never got Alex opinion on anything. The writing-work and stuff was alright too, but there were some sentences and terms, where i would have used some other words. But perhaps it was because i read the translated edition, and not the original book, so i won't put that on the author; He couldn't know his words would sound so stupid in Danish.But it's not like i hated this book. Not at all.It's a great plot and a fine story. I enjoyed it, and i'll definitely keep reading it, because i have faith in this book. I believe that the next books will build up his existence, his life and perhaps we will get some more feelings from him.

  • Mike
    2019-04-15 16:17

    I don’t generally read a lot of youth-oriented (aka “YA”) fiction these days, but being an “omnivore” when it comes to reading I don’t specifically exclude it. Mumblety-mumblety years ago, writers that I respected and enjoyed wrote what was called “juvenile” fiction. For example, Isaac Asimov wrote six “Lucky Starr” novels (under the pseudonym “Paul French”) in the early 50s. Robert Heinlein started writing “juvies” in the late 40s eventually producing 13 (or 14 depending on how you count). Unlike Asimov, Heinlein’s works were pushed under his own name. As far as I know, Arthur C. Clarke (the 3rd member of the “Big Three”) did not write any juvenile fiction.All of this is the long way of saying that when an author turns his or her hand to creating a story for a younger market, I don’t necessarily turn away in avoidance.While I do not remember exactly why I had originally placed “Skeleton Key” (aka “Alex Rider #3”) on my TBR shelf, I suspect one of my friends did so and I found its premise interesting enough. Recently, I read one of his adult books (“The House of Silk”) and rated it fairly highly (4 stars). Of course that was a Holmes pastiche for which I do have a very soft spot.At the same time I picked up “Stormbreaker” which is the first Alex Rider novel. Up to that point (THOS) I had not read anything by Mr. Horowitz, so I did not know that he apparently has written a fair amount of YA fiction or that he has written extensively for British dramatic television.“Stormbreaker” is not a bad novel nor is it a great novel. Like most things, it lies somewhere in between abject failure and unqualified success. The story is reasonable, the protagonist is a bit too lucky and capable, but falls into that James Bond kind of luck. (If you don’t know what I am talking about, go back to the earliest films (or books) and see how Bond stumbles his way through the story relying on bravado, luck, and the kindness of strangers to augment his own powers of observation and martial skills in an almost-unsuccessful attempt to avoid death.) Alex has the same kind of luck and "Stormbreaker" has the same kind of moments. I don’t have any proof (nor have I researched this), but I would guess that this copying of the “Bond formula” is deliberate both because of the longevity of the original and because quick action/changes are a hallmark of film and TV.This novel takes a boy who has an unusual uncle and first turns his world into chaos, then gets him embroiled into the deepest secrecy of government (through his own natural inquisitiveness, sense of wrongness, physical skills, and luck –see the parallels?) From then on he is offered and then forced to accept a role as the boy spy. He goes through an abbreviated training period during which he “rises above” others’ pettiness (he is the “hero” after all) and then is thrown into his first, critical mission. Since there are beaucoup sequels, Alex obviously succeeds in his mission and eventually returns to his normal life, but available for recall.In writing this review I am trying to keep in mind that it was intended to have less depth and read faster than an “adult novel” (even a Fleming-written Bond). But I keep comparing it to other children’s/YA stories and thinking it comes up a bit too “light”. (The “Lemony Snicket” series about the Baudelaire children is my reference standard here.) But there is nothing wrong with it; I just left a little unsatisfied. It’s definitely well-constructed and well-plotted (it crams in plenty of action) with a few morals here and there. I’m giving it a three (3) star rating because I do think it works for its intended audience, but I don’t know if I will be reading more of this series.

  • Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
    2019-03-23 22:24

    Basic InfoFormat: Audio Pages/Length: n/aGenre: Young Adult; ActionReason For Reading: Everyone seems into this series. At A GlanceLove Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: NoCliff Hanger: ehTriggers: n/aRating: 2.5 starsScore SheetAll out of tenCover:7Plot: 5Characters: 5World Building: 5Flow:6Series Congruity: n/aWriting: 5Ending: 6Total: 5In DeptBest Part: Male POV. Worst Part: Horrible role model MC. Thoughts Had: JJ is that you?!ConclusionContinuing the Series: ehRecommending: To young boys maybe...Short Review: If J.J. Abrams ever wrote a book, this would be it. Also if you are going to write a book set in England, probably should use UK English terms, just saying. Also the villain comes across as a bad 1980's Batman villain. Laughable for sure. I get the appeal, i'm just not the attended audience. Also, the MC shows no real emotions about his Uncle dying. Misc. Book Boyfriend: No.Best Friend Material: N/A

  • Adam Silvera
    2019-03-29 22:26

    f I had Book 2 "Point Blank" on me after finishing this one, I would've jumped right into it. The book is entertaining, and it's great for reluctant readers, I'm sure I would've seen more bookstores and less Gamestops if I'd known about these as a kid. Alex is a lot like a young James Bond, except he's not thrilled about the ways of a spy and as Horowitz points out within the later pages of prose, he isn't exactly patriotic either. He wants to be normal, but he also wants answers for his uncle's death so that naturally pushes him into taking on another child's identity to infiltrate the home of a suspicious man who's donating countless of the most advanced computers (Stormbreaker) the world has ever seen to schools everywhere.The ending of this book was just a great scene though, I definitely see myself picking up "Point Blank" in the near future. Maybe "Skeleton Key" as well. Then maybe "Eagle Strike" if I can see past the red cover. (P.S: I love the color tones used on the covers.)

  • Jonababez
    2019-04-03 16:32

    I liked the book, I realized that I really like spy books. This reminded me of my favorite TV series, Chuck! And I didn't watched the movie of this so I guess its better because they did a different version. I love the action and adventure in this book that I remembered the Stephanie series. Of course, they are much different. I was amused by the reason of the antagonist, Herod, in killing the children and I almost felt like it was so childish. He wanted to kill every child in Britain through a virus from the Stormbreaker because he wanted to take revenge from those people who bullied him at school when he was a student. I concluded that this book wanted to imply to those young readers that its wrong to bully someone and everyone should stop it at school. I guess its one of the moral lessons of it.

  • Eshusdaughter
    2019-03-28 18:23

    I picked up Stormbreaker on impulse, based on the popularity of the book. I didn't really expect to enjoy it as I've never been a big James Bond fan and the whole spy thing doesn't interest me. To my surprise the story sucked me right in. Horowitz is a master of character and description and did a great job with this teenage spy novel. While some elements definitely echo the usual spy novel tropes it was still a fun and engaging story. I really liked Alex and was rooting for him the whole time. I had to laugh at the typical bad-guy mistakes: tell the hero everything, kill him in complicated ways rather than with a quick bullet to the head, and the other cliche elements. And still I like the book. Horowitz just has a way with words I suppose. I'll be picking up the second in the series to see if it's as fun.