Top 10 Alex Rider Books

The Top Ten
1 Scorpia

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.

It has the best story of them all, very adventurous, and some of Alex's old friends from MI6 turn against him.

2 Scorpia Rising

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

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 more 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) reinforce this. Very cleverly written with the gradual change in his personality, yet you empathize with him as you can see why he becomes the character we know 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.

I have read all Alex Rider books, and the best one is Russian Roulette by far...

Yassen is my favorite character in the whole series because of this book, so much depth and really touches your heart...

What a masterpeice by Alex, great book, best Alex Rider book out there.

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

4 Point Blanc

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.

It definitely stands out from the others. Great book.

Were he snowboards down the mountain is intense!

5 Crocodile Tears

Crocodile Tears is action from the moment Alex arrives for a Scottish new years party to the epic showdown between him and McCain at the end of the book. Possibly the most violent of all the books, Alex somehow survives impossible odds in one of the highest stakes I've ever seen for an Alex Rider book. Would have voted 1 but doesn't have much character development.

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.

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

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!

6 Ark Angel

Ark Angel blends rich villains, high stakes, constant action as well as just the general awesomeness of an epic space battle at the end of the book. Truly fantastic.

The best book by far. Recently finished it and it was such a good book with such a good villain although it is rather weird that the running joke in the book is that Paul has asthma

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.

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.

7 Snakehead

Definitely the most action packed and tense of the entire series. All of the books have believable plots (except maybe skeleton key), but Snakehead takes a real world problem such as refugees and illegal organ donation and amplifies it to a point where I wonder how Alex could possibly survive.

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.

Excellent book. It should be number one. It takes a real-life problem. This book is remarkable

Ash working with Scorpia really surprised me.

8 Stormbreaker

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

Very catching and cool

9 Eagle Strike

Non stop action combined with the best and most inventive villain in the series leads to Eagle Strike, the forth book in the Alex Rider series. The chain of events that leads to somebody (not saying who) being shredded in a jet engine is truly phenomenal.

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.

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.

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!

10 Skeleton Key

Such a great villain and a great book where Alex finally works for another organisation. The CIA. What makes it my 2nd fave is that I rally think that Turner and Troy were just rather irratating people with no real depth.

Needs to be much higher

The Contenders
11 Never Say Die

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.

12 Nightshade
13 Secret Weapon
14 The Gadgets

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

Great book. Really shows the Gadgets and their importance.

15 Undercover
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