Scorpia (Alex Rider #5)

scorpiaScorpia by Anthony Horowitz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: 2004
Publisher: Puffin Books
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Espionage, Action, Mystery, Family


Alex Rider, teen spy, has always been told he is the spitting image of the father he never knew. But when Alex learns that his father may have been an assassin for the most lethal and powerful terrorist organization in the world, Scorpia, his world shatters. Now Scorpia wants Alex on their side, and Alex no longer has the strength to fight them. That is, until he learns of Scorpia’s latest plot: an operation known only as “Invisible Sword” that will result in the death of thousands of people. Can Alex prevent the slaughter, or will Scorpia prove once and for all that the terror will not be stopped?  


The best Alex Rider book so far.

Alex recently learned *spoilers for those who haven’t read the previous volumes* that his father was not a normal citizen and certainly not a super spy like he is/was. Actually, his father was an assassin working for the deadliest organization ran by assassins that ever existed. They call it Scorpia.

Now that he has confirmation MI6 betrayed and lied to him from the very beginning, he doesn’t know what to do or where he belongs anymore. So he goes in search of Scorpia, hoping to learn more about his dead father and perhaps about himself as well in the process.

For once it’s not about this random guy who has a gazillion dollars who was killed recently or is in need of protection. For once, it’s (almost) all about Alex Rider – his past, present and future. Usually he is focused on his missions so much he barely has the time to think about himself, but that’s what he’s doing right now, while still putting himself in danger (because danger is Alex’s middle name, did you not know?)

Incidentally, this was the longest Alex Rider book so far. I could see the author had a lot to tell. The ‘‘mission’’ (there still is one) was not much more complex than the ones before, but because Alex has a lot to deal with, the storyline is basically this: Scorpia vs. MI6. I loved it.


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