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Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz
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Dec 23, 2011

liked it
bookshelves: young-adult
Read from December 20 to 21, 2011

The evil take-over-the-world schemes have grown less cartoonish as the series has progressed. The bad guy here is "realistic"-- ex-Iraqi secret police and Al Qaeda member -- and his back story is pretty gruesome. The conceit of giving him a whole chapter of backstory is weird. It's fun so far, though I haven't even read about Alex directly yet through the middle of Chapter 4. This character is not realistic, but great for the story.

Finished: It's good. It's an action-packed Alex Rider book with twists, adventure, gadgets, and impossible escapes. There was a good use of old and new characters in the book. The sad part is necessary and sets up the finale nicely. Smithers is my favorite part of the story as we learn more about him. Julius is a nice touch from my favorite book in the series.

I really liked the story's angle of making the very fact of a kid being a spy and how messed up that is a crucial aspect of the plot. Good choice for the ending of the series. But I was really bugged that a big part of Alex's victory was obtained through a HUGE random badguy monologue which didn't just include revealing every detail of the evil plan, but actually untying Alex from his bonds unnecessarily instead of just killing him and just warning him to behave himself. The great, pre-planned part of his escape would not have worked if Alex were still tied up.

So 3 stars for another fun, action-filled romp.

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Grace Ziehm I loved this book, but it was so sad!

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