This book is the first in a series that is entertaining. This series is about Alex Rider who is a normal school boy, until his uncle (and guardian) dies under mysterious circumstances and he investigates. He learns that his uncle worked with M16 (British CIA) and he got killed on a mission. Alex gets forced into working for M16 and becomes a 14 year old spy. For a few weeks he goes through a lot of grueling training before his mission. The man Herod Sayle, a billionaire, is giving away a free laptop to every school in Britain. M16 is suspicious and sends Alex under cover in place of boy who won a contest to stay with Sayle for a few days. He has limited time to stop Sayle before it’s too late.
These books are interesting, yet they’re not brilliantly written and is written for teens, yet for a lower reading level. It has violence, action, and some swearing so I would say 12+.