Top 10 Alex Rider Books

The Top Ten
1 Scorpia Scorpia Product Image

I think this is the best of the 9 original Alex Rider books. It has great depth, excitement and a brilliant back-story to Alex's past. Russian Roulette, despite not really featuring Alex, is also excellent - certainly the darkest and most grown-up. There are many parallels between Roulette and Scorpia.

Having just read Never Say Die, I would certainly say this is almost as good as (or maybe equal to) Scorpia.

In my opinion, Crocodile Tears and Snakehead are the two AR books which are not as good as the others.

A great book for the reason of the story line. SPOILER ALERT. Mrs Rothman is obviously tricking Alex and he probably knows it but he is still saying Maybe. In my opinion, Spy book of the decade. Yes, ahead of James Bond!

Seeing Alex go dark was one of the coolest things in the series. Especially when he found out he wouldn't have hit Ms. Jones anyway. Daayyymmn, that backstory with Yassen and John? Incredible. Every book with SCORPIA deserves to be at the top.

Excuse me. I'm halfway through the seventh book and this has been the worst so far. Tedious for me.

2 Scorpia Rising Scorpia Rising Product Image

Amazing read, an incredible finale to the main plot of the series. It is a roller-coaster of emotions, with exiting and tense moments and heartbreaking ones ( read the book and you'll see what I mean). The villain is pure evil but at the same time has a story of their own and it also includes probably my favourite character in the series, Julius Grief. He is a clone of Dr. Hugo Grief made to look like Alex through plastic surgery, and last appeared in point blanc, which was another incredible book. Here he returns for revenge, but this book really emphasises his character (in a good way).The face-off between him and Alex in the rain is amazing and just everything about this book is just fantastic. I can't say any more. READ THIS THRILLING BOOK! ( make sure you read the previous novels first though.)

I love this book. And I love the death... it's realistic and heartbreaking. Alex is clearly broken, suffering from PTSD, but he lives- although his pain when he killed Julius was real. Julius made a great villain, sadistic and genuinely scary. I like how it ends- things aren't perfect but they're better, and it's going to be alright. A brilliant end to the series.

This book was the most heartbreaking of them all. Although it has very little action, I think it's still the best because it really focused on majority of the characters' development(eg Alex, Blunt, Jones). It also shows the moral issue behind using a teen spy.

This one just got darker, grittier and far more brutal than any of the others; a phenomenal finale and so much coming to fruition.

3 Russian Roulette: The Story of an Assassin Russian Roulette: The Story of an Assassin Product Image

easily the best of the series with m. night. Shyamalan level twist but not including the terrible atla movie that never happened it is in my top 5 favorite fiction books of all time probably but I don't know because I never actually rated all of the fiction books I read not that I ranked all the non fiction books either tho... but I really like this one made me cry 10/10 would recommend

The best character development by far out of all the Alex rider books. a very different take compared to all of the other books and the story develops much mor interestingly. The cyclical structure really brings home the reason why Yassen is the way that he is and his parting comments to sharkovsky (I won’t spoil it) reinforces this. Very cleverly written with the gradual change in his personality yet you empathise with him as you can see why he becomes the character we now from the other books. You just need to read it to see how good this book is as I cannot express in words the subtle incredible nature of this book.
Far and away the best Alex rider book. Give it a read 🙂

Russian roulette was easily the most high quality Alex rider book. This tonal grittiness and realism twist with an increadible premise. A heart pounding experience with the most impressive plot about failure family courage regret and grief. This installment has a lot of love for fan favourite character Yassen Gregorvich and expands on him with grate imagination. This story is an emotional rollercoaster and adds an ingenious level complex emotions we now feel towards this character. We empathise with him, understand his guilt, cry with him and even try to forgive him. This take on the character is a lot more creative and better than the older version, actually giving him believable storys motivations traits rather than having him being the stareotypical cool assassin guy. I really can’t put into context how good this book is. As someone who knows what a decent and cohesive story, I love this book a lot.

Should have Russian roulette number 2 can't wait to read it should be top 3

4 Point Blanc Point Blanc Product Image

It has a great plot in the book and has great stereo typical villains such as Mrs stellenbosch who is my favorite villain. It also has many mysterious deaths such as Michael Roscoe and the Russian business man.

The best one and there's not anything anyone can say that will change my mind.

Deserves to be higher. Final two chapters are beast

It definitely stands out from the others. Great book.

5 Crocodile Tears Crocodile Tears Product Image

Such a thriller with parts where nothing turns into everything! Love how the character of Desmond McCains' final moments too - felt it building up to that in the last few chapters! THE BEST AR BOOK BY FAR!

This should of been the number 1 book. I love the alex rider series but this book must of been written with a magic pen. So much tension and fear. Love it.

Simply Flawless, one of the best books I ever read

Haven't finished it yet but seems good so far.

6 Stormbreaker Stormbreaker Product Image

Amazing books that attracts the young readers eye

The first of the best book series I have ever read

It was a good starters book and was a easy read.

Very catching and cool

7 Snakehead Snakehead Product Image

I have read all 10 book in the series and 4 short stories and Snakehead is by far the best book produced by Anthony Horowitz.

Ash working with Scorpia really surprised me.

Fantastic! Best book in the series by miles!

How is this not number 1?...

8 Ark Angel Ark Angel Product Image

Great book and Nikolai Drevin being dangerously friendly at first. But he slowly starts to hate Alex while he is a guest.
The way it unfolds is dramatic.

Yes. Yes, yes, yes. Yes. This book is brilliant. Stormbreaker, Snakehead, Crocodile Tears, Point Blanc, Russian Roulette, Scorpia Rising, Scorpia, are great. But Ark Angel topped all the lists except for this one.

Ark Angel is great, especially with the battle in space at the end

To me this is the best in the series. it made me feel like I was alex

9 Eagle Strike Eagle Strike Product Image

Ever since I read this book when I was in Grade 6, I strongly felt that this was the best Alex Rider book. I liked the story so much that I would read it more than doing in class work sometimes.

It is the book that led to Scorpia and the main action in this series and Yassens sacrafice was totally unexpected. When Damian Cray killed himself I didn't know what to think I thought he had killed Alex!

I love all Alex Rider books and this one was equally amazing! After I read Russian Roulette though,it gave me a totally different perspective on Yassen in this book and I feel he shouldn't have died! Damian Cray was also a great portrayal of a villain,who had good intentions but was kinda mad.

Why number 9? Easily #1. Damian cray is the ultimate villain and amazing setup for the next one. My personal favorite.

10 Skeleton Key Skeleton Key Product Image

Sarov's death was super surprising this was my favorite it barely edged out Ark Angel

One of the best deserves to be higher

Needs to be much higher

Sarov is a well thought out villain

The Contenders
11 Never Say Die Never Say Die Product Image

This is Brilliant. The reunion between Jack and Alex is beautiful, for me Top 3.

I'm excited for this book to come out! I love this series.

Alex in a quest around the worls

Wow just wow

12 Secret Weapon Secret Weapon Product Image

Awesome, great short stories

Thees is velly velly good cauliflower

pretty good

THRILLING BOOK, FULL OF ADRENALIN, THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK, I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND IT!

13 Nightshade Nightshade Product Image

The west coast eagles are better than Collingwood

Looks amazing

14 The Gadgets The Gadgets Product Image

Really great and addictive fun will have the most amazing time ever!

Great book. Really shows the Gadgets and their importance.

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