Alex relocates to San Francisco as he slowly recovers from the tragic death of his best friend and caregiver, Jack Starbright, at the hands of terrorists working for SCORPIA. With Jack gone, Alex feels lost and alone, but then, out of the blue, he receives a cryptic email–just three words long, but enough to make Alex believe that Jack may be alive. Armed with this shred of hope, Alex boards a flight bound for Egypt and embarks on a dubious quest to track Jack down. Yet SCORPIA knows Alex’s weakness. And the question of whether Jack is alive soon takes a backseat to a chilling new terrorist plot-one that will determine the lives of many. From Egypt to France to Wales, from luxury yachts to abandoned coal mines, Alex traverses a minefield of dangers and cryptic clues as he fights to discover the truth.
I was so excited to start reading Never Say Die because I grew up reading the Alex Rider series, and when I found out there was going to be a new instalment in the series, I couldn’t wait to read it. Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down and managed to read it all in one sitting.
I really liked reading another book featuring Alex Rider, to me he is one of them characters that I can never bore of reading about. Never Say Die picks up only a few months after Scorpia Rising, but you can tell Alex is a changed guy, the events from the pervious book has caught up with him. Before starting this I didn’t know that it was set only a few months after the Scorpia Rising, and I was expecting it to be a few more years instead. So I did go into thinking that Alex would be nearly an adult, so it did shock me a little to learn that only a few months had passed. But thats not to say I didn’t like Alex anymore because I really did. It was easy to fall back into place and follow Alex once again on one of his action packed adventures.
I found the plot of the book to be really exciting and I found it really difficult to stop at the end of each chapter, and I kept on reading until I reached the end of the book. It was nice to dive back into the Alex Rider series, I didn’t know how much I missed it until I started to read this. On a whole I really enjoyed the Alex Rider series, but even I can admit that towards the end it did seem to loose its spark. But I am happy to say that Never Say Die reenergises the series and I would be happy to read more books in the series.
As usual I found Anthony Horowitz’s writing to be top notch and I really liked reading another of his books. I did hope that because now Alex Rider is a little older that the writing might be a little more developed, but I was wrong. I am not complaining because this book is still a joy to read. The action scenes read like it was straight from an action movie script, and it had me on the edge of my seat at times. This is one of the things I remember fondly about the Alex Rider series, no matter what book you pick up there will always be high octane action scenes that will leave you breathless, and Never Say Die is full of them.
I would definitely recommend Never Say Die to all fans of the Alex Rider series, and if you have never read the series, then I would recommend reading the entire Alex Rider series, you will not regret it. Never Say Die has everything you expect and want from an Alex Rider book, non stop action, exciting and engaging story, and superb writing.
I rate this book 5/5 stars
***I was sent a copy of this book to review. Everything in this review is my own honest opinions.***