Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First Published: April 4th, 2005
Publisher: Puffin Books
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Espionage, Action, Mystery, Friendship
The sniper’s bullet nearly killed him. But Alex Rider managed to survive . . . just in time for more trouble to come his way. When kidnappers attempt to snatch a fellow patient from the exclusive hospital where Alex is recovering, he knows he has to stop him. But the boy he saves is no ordinary patient: He is the son of Nikolai Drevin, one of the richest men in the world. The eccentric billionaire has been targeted by Force Three, a group of eco-terrorists who claim his project Ark Angel—the first luxury hotel in outer space—is a danger to the environment. Soon Alex discovers that Force Three will stop at nothing to destroy Ark Angel, even if it means sending four hundred tons of molten glass and steel hurtling down to Earth and killing millions . . . unless Alex can stop them.
Oh, my. I mean, I knew Alex Rider was courageous and very, very reckless, but to actually borrow someone’s identity in order to save said person from being kidnapped?
That’s more than brave. That’s selfless and admirable. Not many people would do what Alex Rider did, or am I wrong?
So of course, he is rewarded for his actions, especially since he could have died (though that’s not news). And Alex, modest as ever, wants nothing in return. On the contrary, he keeps doubting and questioning the circumstances in which he was kidnapped. Something smells fishy.
Alex and MI6 are a team again, though it will take time before he can forget what happened in the previous sequels. Let’s just say that being lied to and shot at was not in his plans.
But because that happened, he now performs even better during his missions, since he is more careful in some ways, though I don’t think he will ever stop taking risks. That’s understandable, however, as it is part of his job description. LOVED the action scenes.
***I have to say that it doesn’t make sense for Alex to be 14 anymore. The guy on my book cover looks 18. I want Alex to grow up physically too, not just mentally. Otherwise he’ll be stuck in a loop of time and that’s just unrealistic.
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