I Am The Weapon (The Unknown Assassin #1) by Allen Zadoff

They needed the perfect assassin.

Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He 18453088shows 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.com

A teenage hit man?  I had to have this book and I’m so glad I read it.

When Benjamin (not his real name, of course) began his new assignment in a private high school, there were the usual suspects – bullies, nerds, divas, etc.  I was afraid things might continue in that stereotypical direction, but this story reached a higher level of sophistication than expected.  With his training, Benjamin was clearly at a higher maturity level than the other students, but also with his training, he was able to adapt to any situation and blend in with the crowd.  Although sometimes a book written strictly in first person can be limiting, I didn’t find that to be the case with I Am The Weapon and enjoyed being in Benjamin’s head and learning things when he did.  This book was also action-packed, as you would expect in a thriller such as this.

Obviously, you have to suspend disbelief with a book about a teenage assassin, but a couple of times in the story, a mature, adult character disclosed personal things about his life and family to Benjamin, a teenage boy he’d just met.  I found that a little hard to swallow.

This book was very enjoyable, fast-paced, and hard to put down.  Even if you’re not a YA fan, but enjoy thrillers and suspense, I recommend giving this book a chance.  You may find yourself surprised.

This review is based on a digital copy from the publisher through NetGalley.


3 thoughts on “I Am The Weapon (The Unknown Assassin #1) by Allen Zadoff

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