20 Best Young Adult Books Like The Alex Rider Series

About The Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz

Alex Rider is a fourteen-year-old spy for Britain’s intelligence agency, MI6, in this thirteen-book young adult series. In the first novel, Stormbreaker, published in 2001, Alex Rider investigates the suspicious death of his uncle and guardian.

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While investigating, Alex is sucked into the elusive Special Operations Division and blackmailed into working for England. Each book tells of a heart-racing operation as Alex goes on dangerous expeditions and missions worldwide!

The Alex Rider adventure series continues to be a monumental success, with thirteen novels, a collection of short stories, and an Amazon Original series.

About Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz is an English writer for books and television shows. He has published over fifty books in his career and is known for several major series. His bestselling megahit series, the Alex Rider books, put him on the map for young adult and Children’s literature. 

Born in England in 1955, Anthony Horowitz knew he wanted to be a writer by age eight. His first book, published in 1978, is titled Enter Frederick K Bower. 

His books are mysteries, thrillers, and adventures; many are bestsellers.

You can find Anthony Horowitz’s books here!

20 Best Young Adult Books Like The Alex Rider Series

The Chosen by Taran Matharu

The Chosen: Contender Book 1 (Contender, 1)

Cade is wrongfully convicted and sent on a plane with other teen criminals, only to realize they’ve been transported to a different world. 

Soon a dangerous game of survival kickstarts, and Cade must use his wits, resources, and skills to find a way back home.

In this battle royale novel, Taran Matharu writes an intelligent and likable main character reminiscent of Alex Rider.

You can get the first book in the Contender trilogy here!  

You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

You Don't Know My Name (The Black Angel Chronicles, 1)

With parents in the most high-powered and influential agency on the planet, Reagan grows up training in combat, spy networking, and the business of secret identities. 

But after seventeen years of lies and keeping secrets, Reagan longs for a rudimentary life. The closer she gets to eighteen, the more choices she faces until she finally decides: work with the Black Angels or go down a different path.

You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando is the first book in a plot-twisting trilogy. You can get it here!

Renegades by Marissa Meyer 

Renegades (Renegades, 1)

Villains versus heroes. Good versus evil. Renegades versus Anarchists. 

The sides seem simple enough, but lines become blurred when Nova, an Anarchist villain, goes undercover to work with the Renegades: famous superheroes protecting and running Gatlon city.

Hidden identities, superpowers, and two battling sides, Renegades is the first book in a trilogy by mega bestseller Marissa Meyer, author of The Lunar Chronicles.

You can get the suspenseful superhero novel here!

The Infinity Code (S.T.O.R.M series) by E. L. Young 

STORM: The Infinity Code

In this spy fiction book, Will is recruited by STORM, an organization of young geniuses, to eliminate potential threats. 

Featuring a villainous mad scientist and a group of teens who must save the world, The Infinity Code is the first book in the series of five. 

You can get the suspenseful first book here!

The Devil’s Breath by David Gilman

The Devil's Breath (Danger Zone)

The Danger Zone trilogy kickstarts in this first book about Max Gordon, who is attacked by an assassin at his boarding school in England and must follow a string of clues to find his missing father. Along the way, he discovers an even bigger threat to the world.

High stakes and full of action, this first book in The Danger Zone trilogy will satisfy and excite adventure readers. 

You can get The Devil’s Breath here!

Sure Fire by Jack Higgins

Sure Fire

Fifteen-year-old twins Rich and Jade go on a rescue mission to find their kidnapped father and become entangled in a more extensive international scheme in the first book of the Rich and Jade series

Fans of Alex Rider will enjoy this multi-book series for similarities in ever-changing action plots and heist-y scenarios. 

You can find the first book here!

Warcross by Marie Lu


This award-winning science fiction book about teen bounty hunter Emika Chen going undercover in a virtual reality game is action-packed with a staggering cast of great characters and one-of-a-kind. 

Filled with secrets, dangerous missions, and a cyberpunk aesthetic, Warcross is fantastic for fans of Alex Rider looking for their next great read. 

You can get this first book in the duology here!

Fledgling by Mark A. Cooper

Fledgling: Jason Steed

A kid with intense martial arts skills, Jason Steed travels to Britain on a rescue mission for a special ops team and, in the process, must save the entire world from nuclear war. 

Fledgling jumpstarts the eight-book series full of espionage and action!

Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong

Foul Lady Fortune

Historical espionage in Shanghai meets conspiracies in this fast-paced young adult novel by Chloe Gong. 

Rosalind has a secret involving her hidden identity, Fortune, that’s become a legend on the streets of Shanghai. When she is partnered with Orion Hong and poses as his bride, the pair uncover a string of political secrets and fall in love in the process. 

Amongst the intrigue and spy work in Foul Lady Fortune, Gong creates a thrilling read from start to finish. 

You can get the historical action-packed fantasy book here!

Boy Nobody: I Am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff

I Am the Weapon (Unknown Assassin series, Book 1) - (Previously Titled, Boy Nobody)(Covers may be either Title)

Ben doesn’t know his real name or his past. What he does know is this: he’s an assassin going undercover to kill the mayor of New York. 

But he doesn’t expect the mayor’s daughter or the questions about the people who hired him. 

Boy Nobody: I Am the Weapon  is the first book in the Unknown Assassin trilogy. It follows Ben as he navigates a world of questions, schemes, and danger.

You can get the suspenseful book here!

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Naturals (The Naturals, 1)

Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the bestselling author of the viral Inheritance Games series. But before she wrote that BookTok-famous trilogy, she wrote The Naturals

In The Naturals, the FBI sends Cassie and a group of teens to solve cases and crimes. Together, they combine their unique skill sets to stop a new killer before it’s too late. 

You can get the first book of four here!

CHERUB: The Recruit by Robert Muchamore 

The Recruit (1) (CHERUB)

This long-running 17-book series follows two CHERUB agent siblings acting as specially trained spies on dangerous, enthralling missions. 

In The Recruit, the first book, James is recently orphaned when he’s recruited by CHERUB and prepped for the many adventures ahead of him.

Hacking, spying, and filled with an abundance of espionage, CHERUB is the perfect series for James Bond and Alex Rider fans.

You can get The Recruit here

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls series) by Ally Carter

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, 1)

In the first book in the six-book series, Cammie Morgan is a sophomore at Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. She’s taught martial arts, chemical warfare, and how to hack and code. There are many things she’s learning as a spy, but how to be an average teenager is not on the list. 

Whereas Alex Rider is a staple for action-filled adventure books for tween and teen boys, the Gallagher Girls series is the same for tween and teen girls, though all ages, genders, and readers across the globe enjoy both series. 

You can get I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You here!

City Spies by James Ponti

City Spies

In this award-winning book series for a younger audience, a hacker is recruited along with other teens from around the world to become members of MI6. 

Through the action and journeys the characters experience, there’s also a level of deep interiority for the characters that make City Spies that much more enjoyable. 

You can get the first book here!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, 1)

Six of Crows follows a group of misfits and outcasts who work together to save their world. 

The world-building in this series is one of a kind, and the array of characters with different skill sets akin to spy work will delight readers of Alex Rider.

This hit duology is a Netflix original series combined with the author’s other bestselling series, Shadow and Bone

You can get Six of Crows here!

The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride Series) by James Patterson 

The Angel Experiment: A Maximum Ride Novel (Book 1)

A team of kids with wings due to genetic experimentation by a group called “Erasers” go on a rescue mission for one of their own. 

In this fast-paced series featuring teens with wings, James Patterson blends a tale of science fiction with real teen issues for a compelling read. 

Fans of the action sequences and adventures of Alex Rider will enjoy this series about superhuman teens and found family.

You can get The Angel Experiment here!

Promise Boys by Nick Brooks

Promise Boys (International Edition) (International Edition)

A murdered principal. Three suspected students. One chance to clear their names.

In this suspenseful young adult novel, three Urban Promise Prep School students must solve the murder of their principal to prove their innocence. 

This novel showcases powerful characters and a thrilling mystery plot that fans of Alex Rider will enjoy.

You can get Promise Boys by Nick Brooks here!

Killing November by Adriana Mather

Killing November

At an elite boarding school where students learn weaponry and other unusual subjects, November must play detective when a fellow student is found murdered.

On a journey for the truth, November encounters various characters and situations that will leave readers’ hearts pounding. 

You can get Killing November here!

Ali Cross by James Patterson

Ali Cross (Ali Cross, 1)

Ali Cross fights to prove his father’s (Alex Cross) innocence in this adventurous middle-grade detective story. 

Ali Cross serves action, thrills, and mystery in the series’ first book. You can get it here!

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys

I Must Betray You

I Must Betray You follows Cristian Florescu, a blackmailed Romanian teenager who becomes an informer for the secret police of Romania in 1989. 

In an isolated country run by a dictator, Cristian uses his new position as an informer to uncover secrets of the regime and expose the truth about what’s happening in his country while watching his back on who will betray him next. 

I Must Betray You is young adult historical fiction and a more serious book. Still, its suspense likens it to Alex Rider, and fans of the ever-changing plot will find this read compelling and authentic. 

You can get I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys here!

Final Thoughts

Secret agents, spy gadgets, and thrilling escapades await in these 20 books likened to the Alex Rider adventures series. 

A teenage boy who saves the world repeatedly, Alex Rider is an exciting series for teens, tweens, and anyone looking for a heart-pounding adventure read. 

These similar books will lead you down daring quests, heart-pounding missions, and action-packed stunts!


How many Alex Rider books are there?

There are currently thirteen novels, with Horowitz sharing plans to publish Nightshade Revenge, the fourteenth Alex Rider book soon. 

How many seasons of Alex Rider are there?

There are currently two seasons of the Alex Rider tv series with sixteen episodes total. The show is renewed for a new season.

In what order should I read Alex Rider books?

The reading order for the Alex Rider series is as follows:
Stormbreaker (2000)
Point Blanc (2001)
Skeleton Key (2002)
Eagle Strike (2003)
Scorpia (2004)
Ark Angel (2005)
Snakehead (2007)
Crocodile Tears (2009)
Scorpia Rising (2011)
Russian Roulette (2013)
Never Say Die (2017)
Nightshade (2020) 
Secret Weapon: a Short Story Collection (2019)
Nightshade Revenge (2023)

Is Alex Rider suitable for kids?

The series follows a 14-year-old boy, and the book series is suitable for grades 5+ and ages 10+, according to Publishers Weekly.

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