My children were much younger than fourteen-year-old Alex Rider when they (and I) read about his first spy mission in Stormbreaker. Now, ten years on, they are studying at University and Alex is only fifteen. As my daughter put it, we have progressed from the Game Boy Colour to the PS3 yet Alex has hardly aged at all.
If you’re already an Alex Rider fan then, like me, you will both enjoy Scorpia Rising and feel sad that the series has come to an end. There are reminders of past missions, familiar faces from previous books as well as new villains to thwart. There is also plenty of action and a few surprises and shocks along the way.