Review: I Am the Weapon

Jun •  14 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: I Am the WeaponI Am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff
Published by Little Brown Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Thriller, Young Adult-Mystery
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley
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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.

When I read this book I thought about this show that I watch. Nikita. I would not say that it is a show for kids but it has to do a lot with the idea of assassins, a secret division, and a kid wanting to break away. Throughout the whole book, this was the only thing that I could think of. It was such a thrilling read and just like the show I needed more.

A boy without a name, a secret identity and one mission and his next target is a mayor. This book was such a thrilling read that the chapters flowed so well, the characters were amazing, the plot twists, the eye-openers, everything just made this book such an amazing read for me. I don’t even know where to start.

Boy Nobody is a teen with a disturbing past, his parents killed and him taken to become part of The Program. The Program trains you to do one and only thing…kill. He goes through assignments and does a pretty well job until meeting this one girl and her father. This is what I liked most about him. His humanity that The Program was teaching him to lose was coming back and he was opening up. However, he must be careful or The Program will terminate him. The main character is such a strong character but he misses and wants something any child wants, a family. He establishes friendships and through this his heart begins to soften.

I was thinking there was a plot twist but I was not expecting it to be what it turned out to be. The plot twist went right into the ending where the book ended leaving me wishing that the next book was out. I was happy with the ending because it did not leave me with a cliffhanger that would make a regular reader scream but one that made you think that “Okay what next.”

I am expecting great things for this novel and series and I hope to be able to read the next book soon. I hope everyone checks this book out. This is definitely a thriller not to be passed.

I give this book 5 bites!





1 Comment

  1. Candace
    Jun 17, 2014

    It sounds intense and a bit crazy! I remember seeing the cover but hadn’t seen any reviews I don’t think.