Study Guide

Stormbreaker Perseverance

By Anthony Horowitz


When the going gets tough, the tough get Shmoopin'—that's our motto, at least. If you want a first-hand lesson in perseverance, however, then look no further than Alex Rider in Stormbreaker, the finest teenage spy we've ever seen. Alex faces challenge after challenge: an unforgiving boot camp, a high-octane mission, and countless near-death experiences along the way. Sometimes he thinks that he can't go on. Sometimes he thinks that he's just been wasting his time. But—no matter what—he always comes through in the end.

Questions About Perseverance

  1. In what ways is boot camp a learning experience for Alex? Think beyond just practical skills, and dig into personal development, too.
  2. How has Ian Rider instilled the value of perseverance and dedication in Alex?
  3. How does Alex gain the respect of his sergeant and peers at boot camp?
  4. What emotion or emotions drive Alex to never give up? Give examples, please.

Chew on This

Over the course of boot camp, Alex learns that perseverance is its own reward, earning you the respect of peers and building stronger skills for yourself.

Although Alex is often driven by noble motivations, his primary driver throughout is a desire to get revenge for his uncle's murder.