"Indoctrinated kids, a deadly VR game, a sinister cult, and the powers of AI — Alex Rider’s thrilling 14th mission tackles big topics in exhilarating style."
October 2023 Book of the Month
With unfinished business to deal with after the thrilling events of Nightshade, Anthony Horowitz’s Nightshade Revenge sees Alex Rider, the world’s favourite teenager spy, take his 14 th mission by the scruff of the neck, and this time it’s intensely personal.
The novel opens with Alex about to head to a maximum-security facility to visit Freddy, “the boy who had come so close to killing two thousand people.” After being kidnapped and indoctrinated by the “Teachers” who run Nightshade, sick people who’d “been making millions of pounds by turning children in cold-blooded assassins,” Freddy is undergoing a programme to reverse the brainwashing. Believing he’s defeated Nightshade, Alex also believes he can help Freddy recover.
But this task is harder and more complicated than Alex anticipates. With his best mate Tom abducted by the shady cult of teenage assassins, he delves deeper into uncovering the dark depths of Nightshade, and becomes enmeshed in a world in which it’s all but impossible to strip reality from illusion.
In keeping with the on-the-pulse themes covered in this ground-breaking series some 20 years ago, Nightshade Revenge tackles contemporary technological innovations around AI and VR gaming to present young readers with a page-turning story that’s both of the moment and an all-out adventure classic.