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Scorpia (Alex Rider) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-16 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0142405787
LANGUAGE: English

" Action-packed and suspenseful, this is a great book for advanced middle-school, or high school readers. I wouldn't recommend this book if you are looking for a more mature novel, however it is a fun and quick read, and even has an unexpected ending. " said.

" 3.5 Starsbetter than the last one but....'STILL BADI expected so much from thisthe plot twists were goodthe characters were sorted out perfectlythey shoudv'e let him shoot mrs.jones(that woudve been cool)and the ending had a really good plot twist tooso all in all it was a bit better than just finebut not good " said.

"Personal Response: Well it seems that I started on book five, no wonder I am so confused, but that's fine. Most of the characters that were mentioned, the ones I'm confused about, are not in this book. I like spy stories, so as things went on, my heart raced faster as things got more intense. Sure it didn't help that I had other things stressing me out at the same time, but I'm fairly sure that I'm okay.

Plot: So yes, I'm on the fifth book, but it begins with Alex Rider just coming back from his latest mission from MI6. He gets home and practically leaves right away to go to Venice, where he was told he would find something called Scorpia, turns out it is a criminal organization, that is world wide and very powerful. Following what he thought was nothing more than an ordinary boat with a scorpion on it, he is led to a palace where he eventually breaks in. Hoping to find something on Scorpia, he goes off the name of Julia Rothman and ends up finding her desk, her vicious pet tiger, and her wing-man, Nile. Nile is a skilled combat artist, and he knocks Alex out and puts him in a cell to drown when the canal waters rise. Miraculously he escapes, and makes his way to a biochemical place, looking for new answers. BASE jumping of a cliff to get inside, he runs once again into Nile. This time though, he recognizes Alex and takes him to see Mrs. Rothman. They talk, Alex is told about his father and how died, and on a whim, he joins Scorpia. Alex is taken to a secret training camp, where he is trained in the arts of assassination. After that he is sent to kill someone named Mrs. Jones, who was the person who gave the command to kill Alex's dad. He had gotten into her apartment, but his bullet was stopped by a bullet proof glass wall, which he had not seen, though he would have missed anyways. Immediately he is caught and is taken to MI6 where he is told about a letter to the prime minister, saying that Scorpia plans to kill hundreds of thousands of school children all at once, using a weapon they called Invisible Sword. Joining back up with MI6, he is sent back to Scorpia. Mrs. Rothman then takes him to the place where "IS" is really kept, and he watches as the clock ticks down to the bloodbath, and his own death. The machinery used to kill are satellite dishes set on an air balloon that will send special waves that will trigger the release of cyanide into all the targeted children. Climbing the air balloon as SAS fighters work to destroy Scorpia on Alex's side. Alex eventually breaks the machinery by setting the platform of fire, using the propane. The platform burns and falls off, but the fireproof canopy lets Alex hold on until he is slowly guided down to the ground. Landing, he goes home and a week later a man named Alan Blunt calls him back to MI6. Mrs. Jones and Mr. Blunt, had called in a man who had been kidnapped by Scorpia. The man told Alex that his dad had not been working with Scorpia, but with MI6. They had set up a fake death for John Rider, Alex's dad, to get him out of Scorpia, and they had "traded" him for the man and then "shot" him. Unfortunately, Mrs. Rothman found out about his treachery and had him and his wife killed. The last chapter ends the story with a sniper on the roof a the building across from MI6 head quarters. As Alex walks out the front door, he is shot in the chest. It goes through a really long, intense explanation of dying. Alex stands for a while but falls, and before he closes his eyes, he hallucinates seeing his mother and father, whom he never met. Since there are about three more books left, I have a feeling that Alex doesn't die. And what he thought were his parents were most like likely Mrs. Jones and Mr. Blunt.

Characterization: Alex at the beginning, is nothing more than exhausted from being manipulated by MI6. After a while he becomes troubled when he joins Scorpia, and at the end he finally finds the truth about his father, and becomes at peace.

Recommendation: I would recommend this to teens, and people who can get an adrenaline rush just from reading races against the clock.
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" "Go to Venice. Find Scorpia. And you will find your destiny..." Alex has matured so much in this book, that I find it scary. In my opinion, he acts more like a 16 year old then a 14 year old. Scorpia followed along the same lines as the previous books in the series, but had less obvious plot twists. And that ending! I never would have suspected that! " said.

"This book was so intense and nerve-racking which is why I rated the book 5-star. Anthony Horowitz is a great author and he makes you never put the book down. It is so intense and it is full of so many criminal minds that you have to realize that Alex Rider is a 14 year-old genius. Another genius in this book is Mr Smithers who is a really fat person who makes awesome but realistic gadgets for Alex. In this book it was full of death and revenge so if you do not like criminal violence that is actually realistic then I would not recommend this book to you but if you like nerve-racking, intense, a little bit of violence and good books then I would recommend this book to you. " said.

"AHH I REVISITED THIS SERIES THREE YEARS LATER. I BEGAN READING IN 2012 AND I READ UPTO EAGLE STRIKE AND I LOVED IT BUT I STOPPED FOR NO REASON AND THEN THIS YEAR I PICKED UP SCORPIA AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL I READ IT IN A DAY AND IN THIS ONE, ALEX' VULNERABILITY REALLY COMES OUT THE FACT THAT HE'S 14 IS QUITE CLEAR AND YOU JUST END UP FEELING SO PROTECTIVE OVER HIM BECAUSE THAT JULIA ROTHMAN IS PLAYING WITH HIS MIND WHICH IS WEIRD BECAUSE I WAS 15 WHEN I READ THIS LOL OMG THIS BOOK IS BRILLIANT ONE OF MY FAVES IN THE SERIES AHH JUST READ IT OMG" said.

"WHAT JUST HAPPENED!!! This was by far the best book in the series so far. I loved that we fially got to learn about Alex's dad. I'm also glad that Alex has a friend who knows about all this spy business. BUT THAT CLIFFHANGER!!! (view spoiler)" said.

"The novel 'Alex Rider: Scorpia' by Alex Rider is the fifth book in the Alex Rider series. The book contains a fourteen year old boy named Alex Rider. He is a spy and he works for MI6 although he has lost some interest working for them.

When Yassen Gregorovich tells him to go to a criminal organisation called Scorpia in Venice, Alex tries to decide if he should work for Scorpia or MI6. Also in this book, Alex finds out the truth about his dad, John Rider and his uncle, Ian Rider, Alex made his choice.

Alex Rider is a spy who MI6 and Scorpia enjoys using him as he is a kid and no criminal would imagine that he would work for MI6 or Scorpia. On the other side, Alex Rider hates these two organisations, especially MI6, because they use him too much and makes Alex miss most of his schoolwork and ruined his freedom to be like a normal schoolboy in England.

There is one person who Alex likes in MI6. He is the Smithers. The Smithers makes cool gadgets which looks like what a normal teenager would have. For example, a bubblegum which can break any lock or a Harry Potter book which shoots sleeping darts at people then the author, J.K.Rowling is tapped. The Smithers also enjoys making cool gadgets for Alex as he has never done anything like this before.

When the Smithers creates gadgets, the Head of the MI6 Organisation, Alan Blunt, does not allow Alex to have any lethal weapons but the Smithers still makes lethal weapons like a missile shooting bike. Alan Blunt has a poker face and barely smiles. Alan is one of the people who Alex does not like very much. This is because Alan tries to convince Alex to help MI6 and when Alex needs MI6's help they do not help him.

Overall, I would give the a 5 stars because I liked how the author, Anthony Horowitz, was being creative on the gadgets. When reading the book, I was glued to the book especially when there was interesting actions going on in the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading or even to the ones who does not like to read.

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