by Allen Zadoff
Series: The Unknown Assassin #1
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers Release date : May 13th 2014 (first published April 25th 2013)
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Suspense, Young Adult
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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 his own parents died of not-so-natural causes at the age of eleven, Boy Nobody 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.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
*This also won the SECOND CHANCES poll. Thanks for voting*
Holy grail of all thrillers. I have to say, this is one the most thrilling, action packed novels I have read in Young Adult in a long time. If ever. I could NOT put this down.
A few weeks ago, I read another book that had a similar premise. Teenager trained by a secret government to kill, gets thrown back in the field and is ultimately, an assassin. What makes I Am the Weapon stand out, was the writing for starters. And the realistic characteristics of the main character. He is emotionless. Closed off. And is loyal to his mission to a fault. He’s not cruel per se, it’s his job. Get in, get close, get the job done, get out. It’s what I would expect someone like that to be. The writing is strong – short and to the point. I feel that the author did an amazing job putting us readers in the head of a killer.
We don’t know much about Ben, even his real name (until later). Slowly over the course of the novel, we see more of HIM and not the assassin that he is. There are also a few flashbacks into his previous life, before the murder of his parents and his recruitment into The Program. As I said; he is emotionless and closed off – but sweet and charming at the same time. I KNOW, RIGHT? But he has to adapt and change to pull himself into a situation. I didn’t love him. There were times I didn’t like him. But I am NOT supposed to.
The situation with Sam was one I wasn’t not anticipating. There are many reasons I say this, but the main one is because after getting close to Sam, Ben starts to soften JUST A LITTLE and starts to feel things that hadn’t before, and thinks about things he shouldn’t. I liked Sam. She was passionate, charming and very, very cunning. The romance between the two was not all-consuming but it’s very realistic.
The plot was thick with politic espionage, which is something that I usually don’t care for. Which, just goes to show how amazing this book was so me to be so wrapped up in it. It’s fast paced, action packed and full of twists. Shocking, mind-blowing twist. And the ending? AKLJGLAJKD:LASJ:Lj O_O what even?
My Peeve –
The only small thing that bothered me was that Ben’s voice didn’t feel like a teenagers. Then again, he is a trained killer. It was just something that popped into my head a few times but not enough to hinder my enjoyment.
I loved it! Shocking, because this is typically the type that if it were a movie, I would love. But don’t normally READ. Definitely one of the new favorites. I have the sequel, and I am already moving things around just so I can read this sooner, rather than later.
YES! If you love strong writing, action packed and twisty plots and espionage, this is a must read. Highly recommend.
Tell me your thoughts –
Have you read I Am the Weapon? If so, what did you think?
If not, WHY NOT? 😉