Tuesday, May 26, 2009

First Clues Review: Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz

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Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz

Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz
The Alex Rider Series

Puffin (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-14-240612-0 (0142406120)
ISBN-13: 978-0-14-240612-0 (9780142406120)
Publication Date: February 2006
List Price: $7.99

Review written by Kevin, Age 11, Grade 6. Date of review: May 2009.

Review: The story Point Blank was a great follow-up to Stormbreaker, Horowitz’s first novel. This story gets you going right away with a certain situation that has you biting your nails and urging to see what happens next. Then, you are stuck in a predicament in which the only situation is to keep reading. The mind blowing Alex Rider is, yet again, off on another marvelous spy mission that is crucial. This breathtaking novel was written by Anthony Horowitz.

The story starts off as Alex Rider is just getting back “into the swing” of school again after being away so long when action calls once again. Alex is very passionate about his risky lifestyle, and he definitely lives it to its fullest. Alan Blunt and Mrs. Jones (workers for the secret service in London) watch Alex as he tracks down a drug dealer. They are very impressed and decide that his spy career is not yet over. The deaths of two very important men have put Blunt and Jones into suspicion that they might be linked. Alex has to go undercover as a rotten rich child and to be sent of to a very odd school called Poin Blank. When Alex arrives he has to find out what is going on in the underground tunnels and the upper floors of the school. This gets Alex into some tight situations that he may not be able to get out of. Will the British secrete service (MI6) get Alex out, or will he have to suffer and die?

This novel was one of the finest I have ever read. Anthony Horowitz blended the characters of action, suspense, and comedy to create a whole new genre of book. Point Blank was very well developed saying that it had two parts going on at the same time. The story never got away from one story to focus on the next; instead, it blended both sides of the story into one. The introduction started you off with a great short story with the thriving adventurous Alex Rider sets off to break a drug raid. The characters at the school were especially well developed with there own unique personality. Every character’s personality is like a snow flake in this book, different at every angle. The author also blended science into the story along with the mystery of what really is going on at the school. Some parts toward the end of this book would serve as good debate starters if you are like that. Overall, Point Blank was well thought out and put together and all of the components come together to form bliss in your mind.

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