ARC Review: I Am The Weapon by Allen Zadoff

Posted May 9, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 10 Comments

ARC Review: I Am The Weapon by Allen Zadoff

I Am The Weapon

by Allen Zadoff
Series: The Unknown Assassin #1
Published on May 13th 2014
by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Previously published under the title Boy Nobody

They needed the perfect assassin.

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 a 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, moving on to the next target.

But when he's assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. The daughter is unlike anyone he has encountered before; the mayor reminds him of his father. And when memories and questions surface, his handlers at The Program are watching. Because somewhere deep inside, Boy Nobody is somebody: the kid he once was; the teen who wants normal things, like a real home and parents; a young man who wants out. And who just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's mission.

In this action-packed series debut, author Allen Zadoff pens a page-turning thriller that is as thought-provoking as it is gripping, introducing an utterly original and unforgettable antihero.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Stars

God I love it when this happens! So much better than I expected at first! This is an action-packed, intense, page-turning thriller that hooked me right from the first page. I Am The Weapon is one hell of a debut.

This book was published previously under the title Boy Nobody. It’s about  a sixteen year old boy who is trained by The Program to kill people since he was twelve years old. He’s the new kid in school that barely anyone notices. He makes new friends and doesn’t stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend’s life to die of “natural causes”. Then he disappears and moves on the the next thing. When he is assigned to the mayor of New York, something changes. The mayor and his daughter awaken things in him that he thought were long gone. But The Program is watching his every move. Because Boy Nobody is still a normal teen somewhere deep inside that wants a normal life. Maybe even bad enough to sabotage his new mission.

The blurb really doesn’t do this book justice. There was so much more depth to this book than I thought there would be. I was hooked from the first page and I could not put it down until well into the night. If I hadn’t forced myself to stop, I would’ve finished the book in one sitting. The story is very interesting and it kept me guessing the entire time. I didn’t know what was going on, but I really needed to so I had to keep reading! And I didn’t find out until I was at the end of the book. This really is a page turner. I was so engrossed in this story and these characters that I just picked up my Kobo and kept reading while I was walking to the bathroom or getting ready for bed and even cooking. (I nearly burned something.)

The thing that made me love this book was the main character. I’ll call him Benjamin because that’s the name he takes on in New York for his assignment. Benjamin had so much depth and he’s such an original and complicated character! When we first meet him he seems like the deadly, emotionless assassin he’s supposed to be, but throughout the story we learn more about him. And he learns more about himself too. He questions his assignment. Memories of his past come flooding back to him. Somewhere deep inside is a young man that just wants a normal life. And the cause of that, partly, is Sam. She’s the daughter of the mayor, his new target. The characters in this book all had so much depth to them. Character development is top notch in this book. For me anyway. They were all so likable!

The only two characters I did not like were Benjamin’s handlers of The Program. But I don’t think it’s right if you do like them, lol. When he communicates with them, they speak in code so he calls them Mom and Dad. I loved the way they communicated! It was so clever! I really liked that, but Mom and Dad themselves, not so much. Only because they’re the villains of the story. You’re supposed to dislike them. Benjamin is not the hero, he’s the anti-hero. And I loved him and rooted for him.

With I Am The Weapon, Allen Zadoff has written an amazing debut. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. If you love a story with an anti-hero assassin (because there are so many of those, obviously), a lot of action and mystery and a ton of unexpected depth to the story, you will love this book. I really recommend it because it’s awesome and it gave a lot of feels I didn’t expect. That ending man. Phew.


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10 responses to “ARC Review: I Am The Weapon by Allen Zadoff

  1. I was super confused when I started seeing this cover around bc my friend read Boy Nobody and I was like is this a sequel or what? Haha. But anyways she really liked it too and I’ve been meaning to read it since but had sort of forgotten so thanks for the reminder! It definitely sounds like the action packed reads I love to delve into! 😀 And there’s something about his name right? You say he takes on a name so I remember hearing about this a lot. Anyways, I had to bump this up on my TBR list! Great review, hun!

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  2. Yeah! It’s always amazing when you pick a book up and it ends up being so much better than you anticipated! Yeah for that! Everything sounds so amazing here – I’m definitely going to give this one a try. The characterization sounds absolutely fantastic, and the story itself so original. Thanks for sharing Bee, and, as always, FABULOUS review! <3

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