Anthony Horowitz, the author of the bestselling Alex Rider series, believes that the series was instrumental in introducing a new generation of children to literature. But don’t let up on the gas!
It’s time to move on from Alex Rider’s series of teen spy novels that began with Stormbreaker in 2000 and ended with Russian Roulette in 2013.
‘Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud’ (Andrew Lane, 2010)
Even if you swap out gas lamps for street lights and horse-drawn carriages for automobiles, you’ll still have a book that resembles Alex Rider in many ways.
You’re right if you think there’s another connection here. Anthony Horowitz, the author of Alex Rider, has written an adult version of the series, which is also approved by the author’s estate.
‘Young Bond: SilverFin’ (Charlie Higson, 2005)
To kick off Charlie Higson’s Young Bond series, Ian Fleming Publications commissioned the title “SilverFin.”
Is there a reward for your hard work? You can get Young Bond in the same format as Alex Rider’s graphic novels if you’re a fan.
James Bond, an Eton student (who will later transfer to Fettes, as per canon), sets out on his first adventure and makes a great impression.
Even though SilverFin is set in modern times, it feels like an Ian Fleming classic and an Adventures of Huckleberry Finn story all wrapped up into one.
‘The Recruit’ (Robert Muchamore, 2004)
What are you looking for? Try the CHERUB series, which includes 12 books in the first series, 4 books featuring a new group of young agents, and a graphic novel. It’s worth a shot.
Isn’t that all? With the prequels to the Henderson’s Boys, you’ll travel back to the 1940s and meet the first group of agents.
We first meet James and his alcoholic mother, who runs a shoplifting ring, his abusive stepfather, and his sister, Lauren, in the first book.
Until a top-secret organization gets in touch with the siblings, things are going downhill.
There is a newness to this series because of the dynamic writing and realistically challenged characters, even though some of the missions and personal exploits deal with older themes than some similar books.
‘Lost Worlds’ (Andrew Lane, 2013)
When Calum Challenger was a kid, Alex Rider was a self-confident young tech genius who scoured the world in search of a cure for his disability by capturing the DNA of strange and wonderful creatures.
But these heroes have one thing in common – they’re always trying to outsmart a bad guy.
There’s also an engaging cast of supporting characters (and even a few minor ones), including a female lead who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.
‘HIVE (Higher Institute of Villainous Education)’ (Mark Walden, 2006)
At Hogwarts for future criminal masterminds like Hogwarts for future criminal masterminds, we follow Otto Malpense. (French speakers, you already know this kid has a dastardly streak).
If you’re looking for a new perspective, the Mark Walden series is a great option. There are currently eight volumes available, so readers will have plenty of time to work their way through them all.
Fantastic read, and a thrilling conclusion to the series’ main plot. Emotional roller coaster, with exciting and tense moments as well as heartbreaking ones (read the book and you’ll understand what I mean). The villain is pure evil, but they also have their own story, which includes one of my favorite characters in the series, Julius Grief. He’s a plastic surgery clone of Dr. Hugo Grief, and he last appeared in point blanc, another incredible book, as a clone of Alex. While he’s back for revenge, this book really focuses on his personality (in a good way). Everything about this book is fantastic, especially the rain-soaked showdown between him and Alex. I’m at a loss for words. READ THIS TERRIFIC BOOK IMMEDIATELY! (Before reading this novel, make sure you’ve read the others.)
This book has a special place in my heart. Also, the death is fantastic; it’s both realistic and heartbreaking at the same time. Alex is clearly a broken man, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, but he is still alive, despite the pain he felt when he killed Julius. Julius was a terrifying villain who was both sadistic and menacing. Although things are not perfect, they are getting better and it will be alright in the end. The series comes to a thrilling conclusion in this episode.
This was the most heartbreaking of all the books I’ve ever read. Despite its lack of action, I think it’s the best due to its focus on character development for the majority of its cast (eg Alex, Blunt, Jones). A teen spy is a morally questionable choice.
Unlike any of the previous installments, this one has reached an incredible climax, with so much coming to fruition.
Russian Roulette: The Story of an Assassin
Russian roulette was Alex Rider’s best work to date. This film’s gritty, realistic tone takes a surprising turn thanks to its unbelievable premise. Heart-stopping tale of family, courage and grief that will leave you breathless. Yassen Gregorvich, a fan favorite character, gets a lot of attention in this installment, and the story revolves around him in interesting ways. This story takes us on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, and it does so in an inventive way that deepens our attachment to this character. We feel his pain, recognize his remorse, share his sorrow, and even make an effort to be kind to him. While the original character was cool assassin guy, this new take on him is more creative and believable, instead of just being the cool assassin guy. It’s impossible for me to put into words how fantastic this book is. Because I know what a good story is, this book really appeals to me.
night is by far the best character in the series. It’s a Shyamalan-level twist, but without the terrible atla movie that never happened, it’s probably one of my top five favorite fiction books of all time, but I can’t say for sure because I’ve never actually rated all of the fiction books I read… but I really like this one made me cry 10/10 would recommend
Out of all the Alex Rider novels, this one has the most nuanced exploration of the protagonist’s psyche. In comparison to the other books, this one takes a very different approach, and the plot develops much more interestingly. Yassen’s final words to sharkovsky (which I won’t spoil) and the cyclical structure really drive home why he is the way he is. You can see why he becomes the character we’ve come to know and love from the previous books, and the gradual change in his personality is well-written. If you want to know how good this book is, you should read it because I lack the vocabulary necessary to adequately convey the subtle incredibleness of this book.
In terms of Alex Rider books, this is the best. It’s worth a look.
Russian Roulette is by far the best of Alex Rider’s books, which I’ve read cover to cover.
There is so much depth to Yassen in this book, and it really tugs at your heartstrings.
What a great book, the best Alex Rider novel ever written.