Yassen s storyA companion novel for the Alex Rider seriesUmm Could you sympathise with a cold blooded killerWhat if that cold blooded killer was planning to assassinate a 14 year old boyAnd what if that 14 year old boy was Alex Rider one of the best loved heroes of children s literatureWhat s impressive about Anthony Horowitz s new book Russian Roulette is that for me the answer to all those uestions is yes Horowitz has created a powerful and original story in which the bad guy is not only the hero but also someone you wish you could saveSome may uestion the morality
Of A Children S Book a children s book makes young readers empathise so strongly with a contract killer but I found Horowitz s exploration of what might cause a child to grow up to become a deadly assassin to be sensitively handled and one of the reasons why for me this is the best book he s writtenIn interviews going back several years Anthony Horowitz has freuently mentioned his desire to tell the several years Anthony Horowitz has freuently
"mentioned his desire "his desire tell the of Yassen Gregorovich the arch villain from the first four Alex Rider books and that s exactly what he does in Russian Roulette As he prepares to complete his mission to Kill Alex Rider Yassen opens his personal diary I know I know this seems like a dubious framing device but it s stored on a memory stick and disguised as a car key so it s a manly murderery kind of diary okay We read in horror as disaster after disaster befalls young Yasha orphaned by anthrax imprisoned by a man with a swastika tattoo and tight speedos and indoctrinated by ScorpiaThe interesting thing is that although we know what Yassen will become we continue to root for him as he fights the intense external and internal pressures to kill And the great irony is that the person who tries hardest to save Yassen from this cold heartless fate is the one whose actions finally push Yassen to killHorowitz is a skilled writer and manages to give this fast paced thriller a depth and intelligence that raise complex moral and philosophical uestions for young readers even while they re being hurtled on a headlong rush through disaster and adventure at break neck speedAn impressive achievement A compelling character portrait A great bookSo what do you do with this new perspective on Alex Rider s nemesis Go and re read the series from the beginning obviouslyFor reviews of great kids books visit This is a book that has been rud that would have been made instead of Snakehead but then fans demanded for the series to continueFinally it is coming the book about the back of my favorite character in the Alex Rider seriesWhen announced at first I was all Because through the entire series I was thinkingimage error All that sadness All that anger It is the smoke that gets into your eyes If you do not blow it away how can you hope to see This book was really different because even though this book is set in the same world it follows a different character a main character who is a villain This novella is focused on Yassen Gregorovich and it follows his life from when he was younger right up until the time he became the assassin that we know from the main series I wasn t expecting there to be a novella and it still be considered apart of the main series but i really enjoyed this different story I have always found Yassen very interested from meeting him in the main series so it was good to peel back some of those layers and discover of this cover I really did enjoy the different times that this book was set from him escaping from his childhood home to oining scorpia and everything else in between I believe that Yassen was only doing a lot of his things to try and save people that he really cared about even though the way he did them wasn t really the right way i can see why and how he did things In the epilogue of this book it was good to see the perspective of Yassen at the end of Stormbreaker so we got to see how he saw things appose to only seeing it from Alex s point of view There was also a little redemption for Yassens part because he got to spare Alex and go behind Scorpia s back and not kill him which added a lot to his characterI enjoyed this one and i loved learning about Yassen and his life but i cannot wait to see what Alex has been up to since the end of Scorpia Rising because i really need to know Absolutely brilliant and a must read for every Alex Rider fan I had never expected to hear from Alex Rider again so discovering this book was really an exciting surprise Having enjoyed the entire series my expectations were high but I wasn t disappointed I basically read it in one go It was fascinating to discover the secret life of Alex Rider s biggest enemy the Scorpia assassin Yassen Gregorovich Very clever idea and brilliantly executed I had actually wondered while reading the Alex Rider series what the story behind that man was and whether there was a connection between him and the Rider family remember the part at the very end of Stormbreaker when Yassen does not kill Alex didn t you wonder why Well read Russian Roulette and you The final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series that redefined the spy novel for young readers Alex RiderAlex Rider’s life changed forever with the silent pull of a triggerEvery story has a beginning For teen secret agent Alex Rider that beginning occurred prior. Ill find out A very special little side treat for me was the description of Yassen s time in some of my favorite cities like Venice and Paris The whole book has definitely woken my appetite for reading I hope Anthony Horowitz will come up with another clever idea sooner or later to keep the series alive The Alex Rider novels have always fascinated me with their pulpy thriller writing It s much like reading Matthew Reilly without the expletives and really high stakes escapes and I definitely believe there is a place for this type of fiction in the market Some may look at it and go does it teach anything Does it uplift at all Interestingly this is a book that certainly for all the thrill and racing plot does have a moral lesson It is a book about good and evil being existent in the choices made by individualsThis book is perhaps one of the finest YA preuels I have read It has the neat precise style of the other novels in the world of Alex Rider but turns everything around to focus on Yassen Gregorovich the assassin whose mysterious past links in with Alex Rider s Yassen is by far one of the intriguing characters in the series an assassin with an antihero complex who makes complex moral choices for a YA character In fact I believe it is the moral choices made in these books that make them so fascinating to read as part of an overall series They are far from perfect but they are oh so fascinatingIf you like the other Alex Rider books but are worried about the preuel nature of this work have no fear Rest easy and read Yassen s past may retread some old ground but it is also a novel that someone could Spots Fun with Friends jump into without reading any other Alex Rider books or after reading any of them at all It s a fine work for a preuel and goes highly recommended from me OH MY GOD I did not know this was coming out this year I am so excited this is literally me right nowEven though I m insanely sick and feel like dying thisust made my day I can t waitEditI finished the book a while ago but never got around to reviewing it but ust wanted to update this saying that I actually really enjoyed this book I think because I read it uite a while after I finished the Alex Rider series I didn t go into this book expecting it to be exactly like that And I think that s why I really enjoyed it Although not everyone enjoyed it as much I really liked it maybe I m biased I have to say that it s difficult to rate this book I averaged the two ratings I would have given it and ended up with three stars If it were a stand alone novel I would have given it 4 maybe 45 stars It was interesting to find out how an innocent boy of fourteen could end
becoming one of the world deadliest assassins However this is supposed to be a part of the Alex Rider series and in that respect I would have only given it two stars it simply doesn t fit in with the background set out in the prior books I don t like spoilers so won t get too specific but I assume the reader is familiar with Yassen from Stormbreaker Eagle Strike Scorpia and Snakehead In this book Yassen and John Rider s relationship and their time with Scorpia simply isn t in sync with the other books especially with Snakehead and the story Alex s godfather Ash tells about Malta In fact Malta is completely ignored in this book I ve made allowances in the past with the other books when a few small details don t match up between them but this one I can t Mdina is such an integral part of canon Yassen and John are supposed to be partners all the way until their assignment in Malta goes bad It s the motive behind Ash s actions in Snakehead the motive in Eagle Strike for Yassen telling Alex about Scorpia in the first place It makes the chapter Power Plus in this book simply hard to accept As a fan of the series I was disappointed with how this book turned out I really wanted to like it because it was well written It started out strong but failed for me in the end Cover Blurb Yes or No Yeah there s a character impersonator in the background but he s not terribly noticeable so it doesn t bother me as much I liked the old Alex Rider coversUP BECOMING ONE OF THE WORLD
better they weren t as busy But Russian Roulette definitely screamsthey weren t as busy But Russian Roulette definitely screams and excitement and it catches my interestCharacters Yassen Gregorovich has always been my absolute favorite character in this entire series Not exactly a villain he always treated his assassinations as ust a Their Convenient Amish Marriage (Pinecraft Homecomings job there was nothing personal in it I could always tell that he had a tragic past because it was easy to see that he was someone who really was a regular and even decent person so obviously something horrible had to have happened to make him turn to killing for his profession Normally backstories for villains though I kind of consider Yassen of an anti hero will ruin them You can make a villain too sympathetic However with Yassen itust made him that much of a brilliant character that much tragic that much complex I positively enjoyed seeing him as a kid a youth and finally a young man I enjoyed seeing him grow as a character To his first case for MI6 known by the code name Stormbreaker By the time Stormbreaker forever changed Alex’s life his uncle had been murdered by the assassin Yassen Gregorovich leaving Alex orphaned and craving revenge Yet when Yassen had a clear shot to take out Alex aft. .
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his personality that made him the amazing assassin we Alex Rider fans know him as You wouldnpersonality that made him the amazing assassin we Alex Rider fans know him as You wouldn think an assassin would be an easy character to emotionally connect to but Yassen is Because Yassen really is a good person and circumstances and a betrayal he can never forgive change him Talk about tragic The other characters we meet in this story Yassen s best friend Leo the Moscow street boys who take Yassen in Sharkovsky and his dreadful son Ivan even John Rider Alex s father are all very interesting and complex Sharkovsky was so creepy and Ivan was even worse I loved actually meeting Alex Rider s father and Leo All I can say is poor Leo And poor YassenThe Romance There isn t anyPlot Russian Roulette picks up after the events of Stormbreaker Yassen Gregorovich has ust been ordered to kill Alex Rider This causes Yassen to take a moment and review his past life to reflect on how he came to be where he was Yassen is a careful assassin but his one weakness is a ournal he s kept and it is as he reads this Neimhaim (Neimhaim, journal that Readers are introduced to Yassen s past life when he wasn t Yassen Gregorovich the assassin but Yasha Gregorovich a Russian boy living in a poor village that doesn t exist any When Yasha is forced to leave his village and everything he knew he has no idea that his life is about to change forever Without friend or family he finds himself stranded in Moscow and when he attracts the unwanted attentions of Vladimir Sharkovsky Moscow s richest most powerful and most ruthless criminal Yassen finds out that survival is all that matters to him now This is a major emotional read Even if Yassen wasn t a favorite character there s no way he won t be after this A boy of fourteen he sust lost everything has no friends no help and then suddenly things ust go even horribly wrong I bawled my eyes out in the beginning when he had to leave his village and his best friend Leo and I bawled my eyes out when he was forced to work for Sharkovsky where he was terrorized and beaten and humiliated every day of his life He can t trust anyone and he has no hope of escape It was so unbelievably sad and painful to read I wanted to snatch Yassen out of the story and give him a good life and a good home The plot itself didn t have much of a structure The Reader knows that whatever happens Yassen will end up an assassin so the plot is about what all happens to him to make him choose that way of life rather than it being about one iconic moment It s not a from Point A to Point B plot because it s sort of a preuel to the
"entire alex rider "Alex Rider I was fine with totally character driven book rather than plot drivenBelievability No complaints except one Yassen s narration is supposed to be his ournal and his Carrying the Greeks Heir journal is written in Russian yet he defines Russian words several times Why would he do that in his own privateournal when Russian is his native languageWriting Style First person past tense While the backstory is supposed to be Yassen reading his Amish Sweethearts journal it doesn t really read like aournal narration there s no date headings at the beginning of each chapter It feels like he s talking to someone and I really liked it I also liked that while Yassen is relating very tragic happenings it never once sounds like he s pitying himself He s ust telling what happened as it was and nothing The narration is not very moment by moment but encompasses a lot of events in a short span of time Normally I don t like it when this sort of narration is kept up throughout a book because it keeps me from getting to know any of the side characters But Yassen breaks into a moment by moment narration at the most iconic moments so it works As usual the Author s style is very action packed filled with technical details and doesn t really have any poetry to it But it works for the book and what he lacks in poetic rhythm he makes up for in a very emotionally charged narrationContent NoneConclusion While everything that happens to Yassen leads to his becoming an assassin it really isn t until the very end that we see what major event truly made him turn And it is perhaps the most depressing moment in the whole book It s also the most satisfying the entire time I really wanted Yassen to be able to get his revenge against Sharkovsky We re not disappointed I was thrilled with Russian Roulette My favorite character finally got his own book And it was amazing It made me love his character than ever and it explained a lot about him and about John Rider I wasn t expecting it to be so emotional but it was and it really couldn t have been any other wayRecommended Audience Guy read and girls who like Alex Rider sixteen and up great for fans of action and spy novels and especially fans of Yassen Gregorovich This book was everything and I absolutely love the Alex Rider series and although I can t really say it s because it was my childhood series because I started reading them at 13 years old and finished at 15 last year they are as close as it gets to tha. Er he foiled the Stormbreaker plot he let Alex live Why This is Yassen’s story A ourney down the darker path of espionage Like a James Bond for young readers international #1 bestseller Anthony Horowitz delivers a blockbuster thrill ride in this his final Alex Rider nove.