Thursday, October 2, 2014

I Am the Weapon (The Unknown Assassin #1)

** Also called The Hit, Boy Nobody and I am the Weapon**

Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school, in a new town, under a new name, makes few friends and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die -- of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, and moves on to the next target.

When Boy Nobody was just eleven, he discovered his own parents had died of not-so-natural causes. He soon found himself under the control of The Program, a shadowy government organization that uses brainwashed kids as counter-espionage operatives. But somewhere, deep inside Boy Nobody, is somebody: the boy he once was, the boy who wants normal things (like a real home, his parents back), a boy who wants out.

And he just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's next mission...

My Impressions:

This is the second book I have read by Allen Zandoff, the first actually being The Mission. I did not realize it was the sequel to this book till I had the book in the hand.  This book, much like the sequel, does not disappoint. It is a fast paced thriller of a ride that keeps you going full throttle from beginning to end. This is where we first meet Boy Nobody,Benjamin, shortly after his parents have died of unnatural means. Soon this teenage boy of 11 finds himself at the mercy of The Program, where they teach him to die to himself and blindly follow their lead and mission. What Benjamin does not know is that same people training him to be the perfect assassin are the same people who killed his parents.
Now boy-nobody finds himself on mission after mission killing those the Program has told him are traitors to the country.

Boy Nobody is told in the first person point-of-view, as the main character tells us his story. We see into his mind, sift through his memories and think along with him as the story develops. The narrator is calculating, with his actions and his words. He gauges situations, analyzes them and acts out of necessity, specifically, he kills only when necessary.All of the characters had dimension, depth and their own histories which gave the reader the ability to become engaged and attached to each character in a different way. I loved how you have no clue who the enemy is throughout this book, but still sense the danger lurking.

Biography

Allen Zadoff Allen Zadoff is the author of the thriller series THE UNKNOWN ASSASSIN (I AM THE WEAPON #1, I AM THE MISSION #2) which debuted to starred reviews and was a 2014 YALSA Top Ten Pick for Reluctant Readers and a finalist for Best YA Novel in the 2014 International Thriller Awards. He was born in Boston and went on to live in upstate New York, Manhattan, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. A former stage director, he is a graduate of Cornell University, the Harvard University Institute for Advanced Theater Training, and the Warner Bros. Writers Workshop. His novel Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have received the Sid Fleishman Humor Award and was a YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults.

Visit Allen on the web at www.allenzadoff.com.

Disclaimer:

I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
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