Reflection: Alex Rider: Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz
I have finished the action-adventure fiction novel, "Alex Rider: Point Blank" by Anthony Horowitz. It has a total of 274 pages, and I have already made one previous discussion regarding the book.
Summary: Meet Alex Rider: a 14 year old boy who works for MI6, Britain's intelligence agency. His most recent mission has brought him to a correctional school for rich children in the French Alps, known as Point Blanc. In here, Alex notices that all the students besides his friend James Sprintz act almost exactly the same. Their manners, the way they talk, and even how fast they tap their fingers are alike. And after a strange abduction one night, James himself becomes like the rest of the crowd. Alex knows something is up, and investigates. He finds a "secret" third floor that is a mirror image of the second floor (where the student's bedrooms, classrooms, and recreational areas are). Every room on the third floor has the exact same layout as the rooms on the second floor, even down to a single poster. Alex does further sleuthing, and overhears a conversation with Mr. Baxter, a surgeon, and Dr. Greif, the head of the school. They talk about the "Gemini Project", which is a program Alex discovers to be involving human cloning. The kids in the school were replaced by genetic copies of Greif, albeit younger. The plan would be for the clones to adopt the real students' looks through surgery and to come home to the real parents, inheriting money in the future for Grief. After escaping and relaying the information to MI6, Alex is told to go BACK and guide a squadron through the building to save the real teens. They succeed, and Alex returns to school life. But, at the surprise twist at the end, Alex finds that one clone is left: his copy. While alone in the school, the two fight viciously. The conflict closes with the real Alex victorius.
The meaning of the novel: I feel that the meaning of this story is that things aren't always what they seem. Through instances like how two billionaires dying within weeks of each other was intentional and how ridiculous Grief's scheme semed to be, Horowitz teaches his readers to expect the unexpected. Alot of the story involves surprises, and as an example I first thought that the stuents enrolled at Point Blanc were brainwashed, when in reality they were cloned. Even at the end, there was a shock when Alex's copy had come to kill him. Thus, this meaning applies to real life because one can't rely on assumtions based on surface value to make sound judgements.
Recommendation: I liked reading Alex Rider: Point Blank. There was a lot of action, mystery, and suspense. The story was very creative, albeit unbelieveable. It shows interesting character development in Alex, as he goes from wanting to be a full-time agent at the beginning to hating his dangerous job after the fiasco at Point Blanc. However, the novel wasn't much of a big page-turner, and the idea of cloning wasn't as emphasized as I wanted it to be. Being that this book is part of a series, it may seem hard to catch on to at first. But, Horowitz provides good background information throughout the story, so new readers can become acquainted with the material in no time. I also liked how this book involved a mission very different from Stormbreaker (the previous novel), so I could tell that the writer was being creative. All in all, I would reccomend Alex Rider: Point Blank to any people that like spy novels or action stories, but can't say that it is a masterpiece.