Welcome back. It is time for another book review and today is actually a reread for me. I have been wanting to reread this one for quite a while now and I finally have. The book in question is Silverfin by Charlie Higson. Let’s do this.
I read this book for the first time about 3 years ago and loved it. I loved it so much that I ended up reading the other four books in the series within the year. It is that good. This whole series follows a young James Bond through his teen years as he starts to become the man that we all know.
This is the first book in the series and is such a good start to the series. The storyline in this book is really interesting as it mixes history and tradition with much more modern ideas such as genetic modification. It is a really good blend of elements as it really helps to make the story really gripping. Because it is feels like two worlds colliding, you never know what is going to happen next. The book really keeps you on your toes.
One of things that I love about this book is the fact that it feels real. the action and the adventure in it doesn’t feel like some great act of fantasy in a normal world, instead it feels possible. You can imagine it happening, even if it is unlikely. And you can picture the fights and the dangers. Which isn’t something that always happens in a book like this. All of the situations that James gets himself into throughout this book feel plausible. Nothing feels completely unrealistic.
I also love how human James feels. He is just a normal teenage kid in this book. A normal kid who just happens to get himself into un-normal situations. You get to see that he is smart, but not a genius, he is brave but not cocky, confident but also insecure. He is very normal. Yes, he is impulsive and a bit reckless, but, you know what, he wouldn’t be Bond if he wasn’t. I think that Higson did an amazing job with him. there was the potential for this James to just be a miniature version of his older self and I am so glad that he isn’t. yes, he has the traits of that James, but he is also clearly his own self. You can see how he is going to be shaped into that man, but he is still very much a boy in this book and I love that. it is so nice to see this insight into who he was before he was 007.
Overall this is one of my favourite middle grade series and it deserves a lot more attention than it gets. I am so glad that I decided to reread it, as it was just as good this time around. I can’t wait to reread the rest of the series.
4.5 out of 5
And there we have it. have you read this series? What did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again soon.