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Book Review: Alex Rider - Scorpia Rising

The cover of Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz

The story

This book is different from all the other Alex Rider books as it explains the villain's plot right at the beginning, whereas most other Alex Rider books you have to work out what the villain is up to.

In this book, Scorpia are hired to return some statues called the Elgin Marbles in the British museum to Greece. To do this they plan to blackmail MI6 by showing the world that MI6 have been using a teenager to do all their work.

The characters

The main character is of course orphan Alex Rider, a teenage spy who is looked after by his carer Jack Starbright.

All the MI6 characters also make an appearance at some point in the story. The criminal organisation Scorpia also reappears in this book (hence the title).


The highlights of this book are the unexpected twists and character development. The descriptions of the cities are also excellent and the book has a very strong start.

Any weak bits?

This is the last in the Alex Rider books and we felt the ending was good for a single book, but not for the end of the series.

It isn't dreadful and could just be a matter of personal taste, so see what you think about it. But before you start on this book, we'd recommend reading all the other eight books before this one.


This is one of the best Alex Rider books. You don't really notice how good it is until you finish and you take in all that happened.

We thought this was our second favourite Alex Rider book, after Scorpia.

Hit or Miss?


NR rating:

Newsround rating - five out of five

Your Reviews

"AMAZING!! I have read and loved all of the books in the Alex Rider series, but this one is the BEST!"

Amber, 11, Bristol, England

"It's a good book... but they could have had more of the old characters in it."

Owen, 12, Bournemouth, England

"I have read all of the Alex Rider books and I think this one is definitely the best book in the series!"

Ben, 10, Birmingham, England

"I have read all of them and this is by far the best. I keep seeing people reading it on the bus and at break, you cannot put it down. I finished it in three days."

Amy, 12, Lincolnshire, England

"I've read ALL of the Alex Rider books, but I think that this one is most definitely the best!"

Dani, 13, Liverpool, England

"I absolutely love books by Anthony Horowitz! The Alex Rider books are the best. Scorpia Rising wasn't as good as Scorpia, but it's still unbelievable."

Kate, 7, London, England

"The ending was not brilliant, but it was a good book. 4 out of 5."

Harry, 10, Bradford, England

"This book is so good especially all of the secrets that are revealed, such as Smithers' secret, but I wouldn't like to spoil it for you so enjoy the book!"

Alex, 14, London, England

"This was the best Alex Rider book and my favourite!"

Seyon, 11, Hertfordshire, England


Tom, 10, London, England

"It really is the biggest, the best and the final piece of the huge jigsaw puzzle! Best Anthony Horowitz book ever!"

Tom, 11, Surrey, England

"I think this is an intriguing book. It captivates the reader and has an awesome plot! Way to go Anthony Horowitz!

Aisha, 13, Birmingham, England

"I know this isn't the very last book to do with Alex Rider, but it is definitely the best. I am now reading it again but it still has loads of surprises. We love you Anthony!"

Mark, 11, Lagan Valley, Northern Ireland

"I think that the Alex Rider books are exciting and a lot of fun to read. Anthony Horowitz is an amazing author! All his books are joyful to read!"

Lucas, 10, Gloucestershire, England

"I've read all of the Alex Rider books! I believe that Scorpia Rising is by far the best yet! Go Anthony Horowitz!

Samantha, 10, Hertfordshire, England

"Wow this book is just amazing, I thought the Alex Rider books couldn't get better but the author proved me wrong. I think the book is just amazing!"

Michael , 12, London, England

"I finished the book and I absolutely LOVE it! It's fantastic! I'm really disappointed that Scorpia Rising is the last Alex Rider!"

Rama, 10, London, England

"I found it very good. The great twist at the end was so unexpected. Loved it to bits!"

Rebecca, 13, Portsmouth, England

"It was amazing and gripping, but sad because it's the last one."

Lauren, 10, Cornwall, England

"The last book!? I love Alex Rider books and I can't wait to read this one too!"

Rumy, 12, Birmingham, England

"The book was so gripping. I finished it in one day! Anthony made the ending so sad. Another gripping, world-class Alex Rider novel by Anthony Horowitz."

Gustav, 11, London, England

"It's such a shame it's the last book, but it was fantastic!"

Muryam, 14, Leicester, England

"I FINALLY got this book and I'm loving it already! It's fantastic! I love all of the Alex Rider books and this one has got to be the most cunning, clever and dangerous one so far!"

Rama, 10, London, England

"This book was extremely good! It was a bit hard to get into, unlike other Alex Rider books. The climax was built up really well and I loved reading this book. It only took me half an hour!"

Lizzie, 13, Huddersfield, England

"Wow! I'm only just past half way through this book but it's so different to all the others! This book is factual, action packed and great! I really need to read some more of the fabulous book!"

Gabrielle, 11, County Durham, England

"I love Alex Rider! This is by far the best book!"

Sally, 12, Winchester, England

"I really hate this book, I am glad this is going to be the last."

Amal, 12, Berkshire, England


Owen, 9, Bristol, England

"This book was the best book ever I loved it!"

Alex, 12, London, England

"It's very good!"

Emily, 9, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I can't wait to read the new book! I have loved all the others so far!"

Sophie, 11, Portugal

"WOW! This book is absolutely AMAZING! I loved every bit of it and thought it was a great finale to the series! I just wish he would write some more about Alex Rider!"

Ameena, 12, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

"This book is great! I literally couldn't stop reading it! Well done Anthony!"

Lizzy, 12, London, England

"I think this is a great book. I just got it and read it in two days! I couldn't put it down!"

Michael, 11, Dundee, Scotland

"I really love this book as I am a HUGE Alex Rider fan! But I'm upset that this is the last book we are going to get!"

Amal, 12, Berkshire, England

"I got it a couple of days after it was out and thought the twists and surprises were great! It's my favourite!"

Jake, 11, Belfast, N. Ireland

"I've read thousands of books and I'm a MASSIVE fan of Alex Rider. This is officially the best book I've ever read in my life."

Emma, 13, Sussex, England

"The book was really good!"

Tom, 13. London, England

"I don't really like Anthony Horowitz's stories, but LOTS of boys in my class are obsessed with his books!"

Emily, 10, London, England

"I have read all the Alex Rider books, but this one is the best!"

Cherith, 11, N. Ireland