cat63 (cat63) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 38 for 2010

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. 236 pages

Saw the film of this a while ago and thought it quite fun, so when I found a copy of the book, I decided to give it a go. The film is a surprisingly faithful rendition of the book, and yet somehow (and this isn't something I often say) the film was better.

The story is decent enough - Alex Rider has been brought up by his uncle Ian, and when Ian dies suddenly, Alex discovers that his uncle wasn't a banker but a spy - and he's recruited in his place - but the writing is somehow rather pedestrian, making even the most perilous situations lacking in tension. Not bad, but I think it could have been quite a lot better.
Tags: fantasy, young adult

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