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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Series: Alex Rider
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel; First Edition/First Printing edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399250573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399250576
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anthony Horowitz's life might have been copied from the pages of Charles Dickens or the Brothers Grimm. Born in 1956 in Stanmore, Middlesex, to a family of wealth and status, Anthony was raised by nannies, surrounded by servants and chauffeurs. His father, a wealthy businessman, was, says Mr. Horowitz, "a fixer for Harold Wilson." What that means exactly is unclear — "My father was a very secretive man," he says — so an aura of suspicion and mystery surrounds both the word and the man. As unlikely as it might seem, Anthony's father, threatened with bankruptcy, withdrew all of his money from Swiss bank accounts in Zurich and deposited it in another account under a false name and then promptly died. His mother searched unsuccessfully for years in attempt to find the money, but it was never found. That too shaped Anthony's view of things. Today he says, "I think the only thing to do with money is spend it." His mother, whom he adored, eccentrically gave him a human skull for his 13th birthday. His grandmother, another Dickensian character, was mean-spirited and malevolent, a destructive force in his life. She was, he says, "a truly evil person", his first and worst arch villain. "My sister and I danced on her grave when she died," he now recalls.

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Anthony Horowitz's life might have been copied from the pages of Charles Dickens or the Brothers Grimm. Born in 1956 in Stanmore, Middlesex, to a family of wealth and status, Anthony was raised by nannies, surrounded by servants and chauffeurs. His father, a wealthy businessman, was, says Mr. Horowitz, "a fixer for Harold Wilson." What that means exactly is unclear -- "My father was a very secretive man," he says-- so an aura of suspicion and mystery surrounds both the word and the man. As unlikely as it might seem, Anthony's father, threatened with bankruptcy, withdrew all of his money from Swiss bank accounts in Zurich and deposited it in another account under a false name and then promptly died. His mother searched unsuccessfully for years in attempt to find the money, but it was never found. That too shaped Anthony's view of things. Today he says, "I think the only thing to do with money is spend it." His mother, whom he adored, eccentrically gave him a human skull for his 13th birthday. His grandmother, another Dickensian character, was mean-spirited and malevolent, a destructive force in his life. She was, he says, "a truly evil person", his first and worst arch villain. "My sister and I danced on her grave when she died," he now recalls.
A miserably unhappy and overweight child, Anthony had nowhere to turn for solace. "Family meals," he recalls, "had calories running into the thousands&. I was an astoundingly large, round child&." At the age of eight he was sent off to boarding school, a standard practice of the times and class in which he was raised. While being away from home came as an enormous relief, the school itself, Orley Farm, was a grand guignol horror with a headmaster who flogged the boys till they bled. "Once the headmaster told me to stand up in assembly and in front of the whole school said, 'This boy is so stupid he will not be coming to Christmas games tomorrow.' I have never totally recovered." To relieve his misery and that of the other boys, he not unsurprisingly made up tales of astounding revenge and retribution.


Anthony Horowitz is perhaps the busiest writer in England. He has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. He writes in a comfortable shed in his garden for up to ten hours per day. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he has also written episodes of several popular TV crime series, including Poirot, Murder in Mind, Midsomer Murders and Murder Most Horrid. He has written a television series Foyle's War, which recently aired in the United States, and he has written the libretto of a Broadway musical adapted from Dr. Seuss's book, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. His film script The Gathering has just finished production. And&oh yes&there are more Alex Rider novels in the works. Anthony has also written the Diamond Brothers series.




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Customer Reviews

I liked the nonstop action and the book kept me on the edge of my seat.
Norris Dillard
This was a great book I really enjoyed it and recommend anyone who is interested in adventure this would be the perfect fit.
Juli Harris
In Alex, Mr. Blunt, Jack, and even Mr. Smithers, we see so much character development, though Especially in Alex.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Megan B. on March 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Alex Rider was out of the spy business. Well, he thought he was until MI6 sucked him back into the world of death and espionage. Everything he cared about was at risk, his friends, Jack Starbright, his chance at ever being a normal teenager. But what MI6 want, they generally get so Alex is off to Cairo, Egypt- but this time he's not alone, Jack Starbright is coming with him.

The final installment in the Alex Rider series, I think, has the most emotional impact and the most serious voice than the others. Anthony Horowitz still manages to create a nail-biting atmosphere. While reading the book I constantly found myself almost at the edge of my seat, reading as fast as I could to figure out what would happen next. He really is a master at his craft; blending realism and fiction together in a way that flows and makes sense. I hope he writes more young adult books in the future as they are almost guaranteed to be great.

The ending. Oh the ending. So bittersweet and unexpected. Horowitz doesn't end his series as most would: in a word, happy. I have to admit that I was disappointed at the ending, although it was probably very realistic. But admittedly it is an ending that will stick in the minds of the reader for a while and as an author that's something to hope for. The only thing I have to say bugged me about Scorpia Rising is that the dialogue between Jack and Alex seemed almost stilted and awkward, and I'm pretty sure Horowitz didn't do that on purpose.

Overall, throughout nine books, nine different missions, numerous life and death circumstances, a plethora of cool gadgets, and many bad guys, I have been engrossed by the life of Alex Rider. Every book was great and although this book wasn't as fantastic as the others it is still as entertaining and as thrilling as the books that came before.

I salute you Mr. Horowitz.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Saye on June 23, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This last in the series, and Anthony Horowitz's best work out of all of the stories. Since my son introduced me to them, I have virtually devoured all of the books in the Alex Rider series as soon as they were out and this one took only a few hours for me to read, it was so gripping. Darker than the others, it is a fitting end to a great story line.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tar Heel on March 22, 2011
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Wow. That's definitely my first thought after reading this book. Of course it comes with a little bit sadness because it is the book in the series, but it was certainly an exciting finish. That being said there were some things that I didnt like as much in this book. The plot isnt anything new. Alex is forced by MI6 to go undercover, because there is of course a mission that would only work with a child. How on earth did MI6 work without Alex for so long? Anyways Alex is forced to go to Egypt to investigate something in a school, because MI6 found the body of a high ranking member of Scorpia floating in the Thames, and they find a clue on the man's phone that tells them they need to send someone to Cairo. I won't go any farther because I want to avoid spoilers, but it's pretty much more of the same, as I said before.

What I liked:
Fast paced storyline
Surprising plot twists
Major character dies
Return of a villain from one of the first 3 books

What I didn't like as much:
Unoriginal plot
Alex was...dumb at times

Despite it's faults, Scorpia Rising was very exciting, and i will certainly reread it at some point in the future, and I'm looking forward to Horowitz's book about Yassen. Thanks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By :D on February 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Horowitz strikes again the another amazing Rider book. It has old characters and new, and action around every singer corner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael on March 13, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Alex Rider scorpia rising is last of the books to alex rider. Spoiler alert there will be a prequile to the alex rider books call yasan. 4 info about that book go to the website alex rider.com. Now back to the book at hand. It is alex riders last mision with mi6 saddly. You need to buy this books to know how it all ends this is the best of the books.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Arya Svit-Kona on March 23, 2011
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**SPOILER WARNING~ENTER AT OWN RISK**

This book was absolutely epic, one of the best ones in the series! People say it was unoriginal, I disagree. It was different than the others because the mission was a fake and that made a good change. The only truly unoriginal part of it was the beginning. I have read that same beginning in countless fanfics and even written it myself. Jack's death was predictable. I've been waiting for her to die for quite a few books. She lived way too long. Smithers' secret was an absolute shock! I never guessed it until about a page before it happened! And Blunt......well, that just confirmed how evil he was!

I found one problem with the book though. Horowitz said in an interview that Alex's fate would be worse than death and he said in his blog that we would know, when we reached the end, that it would be the last Alex Rider book ever. But what happened to Alex wasn't really worse than death. Remember how Mr. Pleasure said Alex was healing? That doesn't signify worse than death. And us knowing it was the last Alex Rider book ever? I could see it going on. I could see the CIA knocking on his door and asking him to go on a mission. If Horowitz wanted to ensure Alex could never spy again, Alex should have gone insane or gotten brain damage or something that would make it so he couldn't function in society and certainly could not spy anymore. All of those are worse than death in my eyes.

Truth be told, it was kind of disappointing. I spent the last couple of months guessing what would happen to him in the end, what would happen that would be worse than death and how it would be impossible for him to spy again. I spent the day it came out literally screaming I needed that book and waiting for my dad to get home with the mail.
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