Scorpia Rising and Russian Roulette

To conclude my long standing series of reviewing the Alex Rider series I will be reviewing Scorpia Rising and Russian Roulette.

Scorpia Rising

Synopsis

This gripping final mission brings together Alex Rider’s old enemies to frame the teenage superspy in an unstoppable plot of revenge, from which he can never return. Pursued from Europe to North Africa and Cairo’s city of the dead – this is the twistiest and most deadly plot of any Alex Rider mission yet, and will reveal Smithers’ ultimate gadget and see the shock death of a major character.

Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and thought that it was a great ending to the Scorpia story arc. It was nice to see Jack finally being there to support Alex on his missions and not just during the aftermath. I thought that it was also quite nice to see MI6 being bad at there jobs in a major way as they seemed to be too perfect throughout, and it was beginning to annoy me.

He who fight monsters must take care that he doesn’t become one himself.

I thought that the Smither’s development was funny but thought that it could be upsetting to children of a larger size who read this. I was also sad to read about what happened to Jack but think that the ending was the best possible one given the circumstances.

Russian Roulette

Synopsis

Presented with an unexpected assignment, Alex Rider’s greatest nemesis, Yassen Gregoravich, recalls his life and the path that led him to become an assassin while his one-time friend, Alex’s uncle, became a spy.

The final book in the #1 bestselling Alex Rider series! Alex Rider’s life changed forever with the silent pull of a trigger. When Ian Rider died at the hands of the assassin Yassen Gregorovich, Alex, ready or not, was thrust into the world of international espionage–the world’s only teenage spy. Alex vowed revenge against Yassen and the two have battled ever since. Yet, years ago, it was none other than Alex’s own father who trained and mentored Yassen, turning him into the killer he would eventually become. What makes us choose evil? Why did one boy choose to kill while another chose to risk his life to save others? In some ways, Alex Rider and Yassen Gregorovich are mirror images of each other. Yet the paths they traveled turned them into mortal enemies. This is Yassen’s story. A journey down a darkened path.

Review

I liked this book as it filled in some of the gaps in the backstory of Alex Rider whilst also providing greater context to Yassin’s actions earlier on in the series. I enjoyed how it shows the joys and sorrows of a Russian Childhood without constantly making Russia feel like a bad place (as is so often portrayed in the media). Whilst I admit that not much in this book constitutes a happy life, I could imagine the same things happening in any city in the world.

All that sadness. All that anger. It is the smoke that gets into your eyes. If you do not blow it away, how can you hope to see?

As this book is set during the first book (although 90% of it is a flashback) I found it was quite hard to make the leap back in time. I would recommend that people read this book after Eagle Strike.

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