Boy Nobody (The Unknown Assassin #1) by Allen Zadoff
Release Date: June 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Source: ALA2013
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
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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. – Goodreads

Review:

From the first line of this book I was enthralled. Could not put it down enthralled. Part of me is almost glad I sat on it for as long as I did because now I can go to the second book right away. The other part of me is of course annoyed I waited for so long, because it was so good. Boy Nobody, which has now changed titles to I am the Weapon, is the story of Boy Nobody, a teen who wants a normal life, but doesn’t have anything close to one. He has parents, Mother and Father, who are nothing more than his bosses, his handlers. He is alone and more importantly, he is a killer. That is Boy Nobody’s speciality: he is a trainer killer.

One day, Boy Nobody is assigned to kill the mayor of New York City, but this assignment is very different for him. The mayor reminds him of his father, and his way in with the mayor is his daughter, Sam, who happens to be Boy’s age. What Zadoff does well is immerse the reader into the world, not only did I feel like I was in New York City with these characters, but I also felt like I was in high school again with them. The awkwardness of being in high school, and the uncomfortable in your own skin comes out. You want to be yourself, but being yourself is often the worst thing you could do. Boy has started high school so many times, and has had so much training from The Program, that to him it’s just another target. Or so he keeps telling himself.

Mother and Father catch on to the fact this is not just another target, something is shifting within Boy and this is not a good thing. They must nip it in the bud ASAP. While Boy tells them continuously that he can handle it, he really can’t. He starts to miss the boy he once was, the boy he should have been. Although his target is the mayor of New York, he reminds him of the father he once had and he is having problems separating the two. Then the assignment kills, he is no longer meant to kill the mayor, but Sam, the mayor’s daughter. Can Boy do that? In a short period of time he’s fallen in love with her and he can’t kill the person he loves. That’s impossible.

This is the perfect first book in the series, it hooked me in and made me demanding more.