I must admit, when I first picked up the title, I was not intrigued in the least.
My school library and I have been good friends over the years. Over three-fourths of their books have been lovingly paged, checked out and in, and re-shelved by my hands. My problem: what to read. I wanted action, suspense, a strong plot, and thriller! I didn't get any of that from the cover of our edition of Stormbreaker. It was plain, just the simple Strombreaker computer logo, the title, the author, and a single sentence: "Alex Rider -- You're never too young to die."
"You'll love it," my librarian said.
I needed a book to read when I was done testing, and I am good friends with the librarian, so I humored her and checked the book out. I began it when testing ended and finished it the next day. All my doubts were squashed! Alex Rider, teen spy extrodinare, not to mention unwilling??
BEST. SPY. NOVEL. EVER.
Now, to the unbiased part of the review.
I enjoyed the plot. It satisfied my need for action and suspense. Although being a teenager, I did wish there were more blood and angst. But we have fanfiction for that.
The "evil scheme" of Herod Sayle was ingenius to say the least, I would've never brainstormed that up, and Horowitz's writing style was none too complex, perfect for the younger audience of the Young Adult genre and yet sophisticated enough to sate the needs of the elder.
Overall, Stormbreaker was an excellent start to a fantastic series. I would reccomend it to any YA spy-fiction fan or anyone looking for a good, not too advanced read.
I was excited to find this book was part one of a series, and immediately checked out the second novel, Point Blanc. But that's a review for another time.
WarriorLoverInc 01:41, June 3, 2011 (UTC)