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Stormbreaker (Alex Rider #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  71,150 Ratings  ·  4,274 Reviews
So how did an unhappy boy, from a privileged background, metamorphose into the creator of Alex Rider, fourteen-year-old spy for Britain's MI6? Although his childhood permanently damaged him, it also gave him a gift -- it provided him with rich source material for his writing career. He found solace in boyhood in the escapism of the James Bond films, he says. He claims that ...more
ebook, 129 pages
Published March 31st 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published January 1st 2000)
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Lola  Reviewer
Feb 13, 2014 Lola Reviewer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Spies
Recommended to Lola by: Alex Rider: The Movie

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, ...more
Carter Knopik
Oct 06, 2009 Carter Knopik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 in
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 imme
Mike (the Paladin)
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. I
Jan 26, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 him
Nov 05, 2009 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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,
Michael Finocchiaro
Aug 28, 2016 Michael Finocchiaro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, spy-fiction
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 i ...more
সালমান হক
যদিও ইয়াং এডালট বই কিনতু একটু ভিননতা আছে, কারণ এই বয়সের পরোটাগোনিসটদের নিয়ে সাধারণত যে বইগুলো হয় তার বেশীর ভাগই ফযানটাসী। কিনতু এটা পুরা সপাই থরিলার। :) পুরা জেমস বনড সটাইল এ মারামারি, থরিল, কমিক ভিলেন দরকারী সব উপাদান ই আছে পরিমাণ মত। তবে আমার কাছে এলেকস রাইডার কে একটু ঠানডা ঠানডা মনে হয়েছে। হিউমর কম। অবশয MI6 এর একজন এজেনট এমন ই হবে।

ঘটনা হল, বই এর শুরুতেই এলেকসের চাচা যে কিনা একজন সপাই সে মারা যান, তার যায়গায় নিরুপায় হয়ে যোগ দেয় এলেকস। ঘটনাকরমে কেচো খুজতে গিয়ে সাপ বেড়িয়ে আসে আর শেষ মেষ এলেকস
Salama R 140A501
Mar 31, 2013 Salama R 140A501 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Aug 24, 2016 Wasee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
চৌদদ বছর বয়সক অযালেকস রাইডারের জীবন রাতারাতি বদলে যায় চাচা ইয়ান রাইডারের মৃতযুর সাথে সাথে। ছোটবেলায় বাবা-মা কে হারানোর পর চাচাই ছিল তার সব। গাড়ি দুরঘটনায় চাচার মৃতযু হবার পর, অযালেকস বুঝতে পারে, এতদিন তার কাছে সতয লুকিয়ে রাখা হয়েছে। ওর চাচা ইয়ান রাইডার কোন সাধারন বযাংক করমকরতা নয়, বরং সিকরেট সপাই এজেনসি MI-6 এর একজন গুরুতবপূরণ সদসয ছিলেন। তার মারা যাওয়াটা নিছক দুরঘটনা নয়, পরিকলপিত হতযাকানড।

সাধারন এক সকুল পড়ুয়া কিশোরের পরিচয় পেছনে ফেলে অযালেকস রাইডার কে ঘটনাচকরে বাধয করা হয় সপাইয়ের জীবন বেছে নি
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 i
3 Stars

Another 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 a
Emma Long
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 ...more
Apr 13, 2008 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Al ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Holly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
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 intell ...more
Apr 07, 2017 Franz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Logan Arlington
Dec 14, 2013 Logan Arlington rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Nov 30, 2008 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Stormbreaker (Alex Rider Series #1)
Author: Anthony Horowitz, John Blackford (Illustrator)
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA), 224 pp, 2001
Audience: Tweens (young adult)
Format: Juvenile book aimed at the tween market

Description: 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
Nov 06, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ti
Apr 13, 2008 Charlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jul 31, 2011 Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: movie-was-better
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 t
Jan 26, 2013 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone, YA or Bond lover
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). Unli
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Basic Info

Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Young Adult; Action
Reason For Reading: Everyone seems into this series.

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: eh
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 2.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
World Building: 5
Flow: 6
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 5
Ending: 6

Total: 5

In Dept

Best Part:
Male POV.
Worst Part: Horrible role model MC.
Thoughts Had: JJ is that you?!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: To young boys
Nov 30, 2011 Jonababez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
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 ...more
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.
Jan 27, 2013 Trisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"And the next time they ask you, say no. Killing is for grown-ups and you're still a child."

What an adventure of a book! This story hits the ground running and never lets up. Alex is an amazing kid. He was raised with all the correct steps and training to be the perfect agent, embodied in a young boy. and his first assignment just might kill him.

I hadn't expected to like this book - I thought it would be a little boring and unrealistic. But, it just zooms through and you really find yourself ro
Jan 04, 2017 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. I actually saw the film when it first came out and I did enjoy the film but I never got around to reading the book. However the book is 100 times better, there is so much stuff in the book that doesn't happen in the book and also stuff that happened in the film and didn't happen in the book.
in summary the book is always better.
Jan 25, 2015 Ingrid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast-paced and action-packed story that isn't just for 14 year old boys :)
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Anthony Horowitz, OBE is ranked alongside Enid Blyton and Mark A. Cooper as "The most original and best spy-kids authors of the century." (New York Times). Anthony has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he is also the writer and creator of award winning detective series Foyle’s War, and more recent ...more
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