Nightshade is the twelfth installment of the Alex Rider series. When a secret agent is killed by a ruthless 16-year-old assassin in Brazil, teenage MI6 spy Alex Rider is sent to Gibraltar, a maximum-security prison, assuming the identity of his lookalike nemesis, Julius Grief. His mission? To bond with and extract information from the assassin, Freddy. However, things take an unexpected turn, and Alex finds himself infiltrating a mysterious, sinister organization known as Nightshade.
This Alex Rider novel was quite good. It was easy to read, and the pacing was excellent, as expected. In addition, the author was able to maintain the intensity throughout the entire story, which I really enjoyed. I found that it followed almost the exact same formula as most of the other 11 books, but aside from the fact that it detracted from suspense, it didn’t bother me much. Overall, despite its predictability, Nightshade was a quick, enjoyable read.