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.
This was a fun, fast, adventurous read.
Alex Rider is a 14-year-old boy who's uncle worked for MI6 and has been killed on his last mission, which Alex is forced by MI6 to finish.
I really like Alex. He's sarcastic and has a great no nonsense attitude. Plus, he has a good heart and does what he can to save the lives around him. He doesn't even think about killing the bad guys, but rather how he can accomplish what he needs to without killing anyone. And these days, there are too many main characters who don't care as much as they should (granted, loads of them don't really have a choice, but stil...). So it was a nice break.
Honestly though, this book was chock full of clichés, but it was still so fun to read. Definitely one I would suggest to middle grade male readers. Alex is pretty relatable and a good kid.
I will laugh however, this book was written in 2000 and already lots of the technology is super old fashioned, hehe.
I give it a 3 out of 5!