Never Say Die

Alex Rider series

Book 11

Anthony Horowitz

Walker Books

June 2017

$16.99 AU

384p pb

ISBN: 978-1406377040

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Never Say Die is the eleventh book in the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, and follows the adventures of Alex as he once again embarks to save the world. This time, he’s convinced that Jack, his close friend, isn’t actually dead - the problem is, nobody else believes him. Alex decides to leave the safety of his adopted family and fly to Cairo, where he begins another dangerous adventure that leads him to the remains of Scorpia, and a whole host of bad guys.

Personally, I thought that while the book was good in its own right, I found the whole “child-spy-saving-the-world” concept just didn’t hit it off with me. That’s not to say, however, that it isn’t a good book - the plot flows together seamlessly, and the interactions between characters is extremely well-written. Despite not having read the other books in the Alex Rider series, I was still able to get a really good idea of what the characters’ personalities were like. I would recommend this book to people over 11 years old, but under 17, as I think this particular concept just isn’t something that older readers will find interesting. All in all, it was a really well-written book, but I personally didn’t find the concept engaging enough to want to read the earlier books in the series.

Lily, age 15

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