So now Alex Rider is in a much bigger relationship with Sabina Pleasure, spending New Year's Eve in Scotland with her family, and the first thing Alex knows, he's up against a multi-millionaire Desmond McCain in a game of poker and all of a sudden their car gets attacked and thrown into a frozen lake. While I questioned McCain about the incident, there weren't any other characters that could be the suspects. Afterward, a journalist named Harry Bulman comes into Alex and Jack Starbright's life, saying he wants to write, ironically, a book about all of Alex Rider's adventures; he'd be known as the kid who survived gunpoint more times than my fingers can count, survived a terrorist shot from Scorpia and was the first teenager to leave the planet. What would you do if someone came up with an offering like that? It'd be dangerous but would it make your life seem more dangerous when you were already targeted by Scorpia and already got tired of working for MI6? Whatever I would have done, it's not what Alex does. It's not what MI6 did. And Alex is forced to, or forces himself, to go on one last mission to get Harry off his back, or maybe to make up for being shoved into the frozen over lake and told us to hum when underwater and in a freezing occurrence.
Now, I admired the scene where Alex has to compromise a computer and doesn't have time to switch back a fading but informative detail that I'm glad Horowitz and the bad guys didn't get. But really, apart from that clever act, there's nothing new here in this Alex Rider, at least nothing worth remembering. There's a whole chapter with Harry Bulman that is utter exhaustion and craziness, and I hated every second of it, making me kind of judge the entire book. It's also pretty much just about Alex reluctantly going to a mission, escaping before getting drugged and captured, this time even more excruciating than Skeleton Key's, and in the end, the bad guy doesn't keep up on his deal, this time leaving no twists and turns when Alex is sentenced to death and rescued, except for this moment where a man on Alex's side encourages him to hurry up and leave whatever it is he cares about getting, and after his death, I couldn't help but agree with him.
But you know what? In my opinion, you could just forget this book existed and go to Scorpia Rising, which I still haven't read, and I read this back in 9th grade in 2013. So I don't really remember the escape scene well and looking back on the last Alex Riders, I probably enjoyed it, so I might read it again and see if I hate it as much as I say I did. I just only remember most of the bad scenes. But my next review is of Catching Fire, and that book I reread because THAT was back in 7th grade. I reread it just for you, so stay tuned. And you can read the Alex Rider books, I won't diss you. It's just...this is the eighth book.