In Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz, twelve year old Alex Rider learns of the death of his uncle, caused by an accident on the road with a truck. Supposedly he wasn’t wearing a seat belt, but Alex finds that a little strange considering that his uncle was obsessed with safety on the road. When he comes back from the funeral, all of the supplies in his uncle’s office have been removed. Soon, Alex is blackmailed into taking a job as a spy in the place of his uncle, who apparently was killed in a car chase with one of the most deadly killers alive. Now Alex is going to try and stop possibly the most powerful person in the UK from killing everyone in Europe.
What a shame. All the boys in my class loved this book and read every one in the series, but I can’t stand it. I had to read it for summer reading, so maybe I’m a little sour, but I still think that Alex Rider is without character because of his lack of feeling. He never struggles, and he never feels any emotion towards his uncle, even though in the begining, it says that his uncle was his closest friend. Not all that violent, though certainly some shooting and punching that isn’t graphic. I would say that reading this at about nine would be best.