Point Blank Book Summary and Study Guide

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Point Blank

In the book Point Blank, by Anthony Horowitz, a 14 year old secret agent named Alex Rider who works for London's M-16 is sent on a very dangerous undercover mission. Alex is sent in the role of a student to a finishing school called “Point Blanc� in the French Alps -- a place that only accepts the sons of very rich and powerful people. His mission is to investigate whether two murders of very rich men who both sent their sons to the finishing school are related. What neither Alex nor the reader knows is that that Dr. Grief (the person running the school) has an ingenious plan to take over the world using the kids at the school.
Click here to see the rest of this review

The entire book is an unfolding of the mystery of what is going on at the school, as Alex makes discovery after discovery, and also is in danger because Dr. Grief and his assistant become aware of what he is up to. When Alex first gets to the school things seem pretty normal except the other kids all seemed to be acting the same and perfectly behaved, like they were brainwashed or something. Alex is told that the third and fourth floors are completely off limits and he knows that something up there is happening. When he gets up to the third floor he sees that is an exact replica of the first floor, including the kids' rooms, and there is evidence that someone is living in each room, doing every single thing that each kid does. In fact, there are televisions in the upper rooms with spying views of the same room downstairs. When Alex is about to leave the school, having seen enough, Dr. Grief catches him and plans to kill him the next morning. Expecting Alex to die Dr. Grief reveals his plan to Alex. 14 years ago Dr. Grief had cloned himself 16 times, the number of kids at the school. After waiting for them to grow to be 14, he opened the school and found the 16 kids who were now the students. He had a plastic surgeon change all his clones in order to look exactly like each one of the kids, and had them copy the kids' actions on the replica third floor. Finally he planned to have each clone of him take their place in the kids' powerful families, and grow into the most powerful people in the world
The review of this Book prepared by Ben Basseches

Alex Rider is a teenager and MI6's secret weapon. He is sent on a mission when MI6 links a death to a boarding school for rebellious, juvenile sons of the rich and famous. Alex discovers Dr. Grief has formed clones and forming duplicates of each teen through plastic surgery. He plans to send the clones' home and use them to receive political secrets and power. Alex's cover is blown and he is left to the mercy of Dr. Grief unless he can devise a plan to escape and warn MI6 before it is too late.
The review of this Book prepared by Jake

Alex Rider is the youngest agent of MI6 and their secret weapon. In the second installment of this series, Alex is sent to investigate Point Blanc, an elite boy's school that enrolls the heirs of powerful men. There has been a string of mysterious deaths of the fathers of the students. The school is headed by an eccentric scientist. Alex learns that the doctor has been creating clones of himself and using plastic surgery to have them resemble the boys. They are sent them back to their fathers to take over the corporations. Alex must free the imprisoned boys, destroy the clones, and alert the fathers.
The review of this Book prepared by Joanna

Chapter Analysis of Point Blank

Click on a plot link to find similar books!

Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 33.3%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 16.7% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   spying/espionage in enemy territorry Story involving clones/duplicates?    -   bad clones/duplicates Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Clones    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   spy Age:    -   a teen


Terrain    -   Mountains Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

Books with storylines, themes & endings like Point Blank

Anthony Horowitz Books Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
2 Ways to Search!

Our Chief Librarian