Study Guide

Stormbreaker Lies and Deceit

By Anthony Horowitz

Lies and Deceit

In the world of international espionage, deceit is the name of the game, and in Stormbreaker, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider learns this lesson firsthand after the death of his uncle—a spy himself. This event opens Alex's eyes to the countless lies he's been fed over his life, all in the name of protection. But this is also just the beginning—Alex still has to deal with shifty bad guys, countless double-crosses, and a boss who refuses to tell him what's really going on. Just another day in the office for the coolest spy this side of James Bond

Questions About Lies and Deceit

  1. In what ways does MI6 deceive Alex? Which way do you think is the worst? Why? Are any totally acceptable? Why or why not?
  2. Is it moral for Ian to lie to Alex about his job? Why or why not?
  3. How does Herod Sayle convince the world that he was a good guy? Does Alex completely convince the world otherwise?
  4. Is Alex good at the deception part of being a spy? Explain your answer.

Chew on This

Although they are the "good guys," Mr. Blunt and Mrs. Jones prove themselves to be just as deceitful as the bad guys.

Despite Alex's resentment, Ian was protecting Alex by refusing to tell him the truth behind his profession.