I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I Am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff
Genres: Action, Thriller, YA
Published by Little, Brown for Young Readers Pages: 340
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 pick up a baseball bat.
What does he plan to do with it?
What I thought of this book
I am really conflicted with how I want to rate this book. It was a bit slow at the beginning even though it read fast and I think that is really because of the writing style which was really different for me. Then it picked up and I was enjoying it and towards the end it really got interesting and then I just totally hated the ending. I sat there contemplating the ending..I understand it..I just really thought it would not happen that way..but but but..why. I am really curious to see how the series continues so it’s not like the ending put me off I am just conflicted..lol.
Ben (at least that is his name for this assignment) is a teen assassin. He was taken from his home when his father was killed and raised to be nobody. Just a part of the background, he does what needs to be done to get the assignment done and then moves on to the next assignment. He never lets himself feel anything, he doesn’t dwell on things.
Then he gets the assignment to assassinate the mayor of New York and his mark is Sam a girl. He only has five days to complete his assignment and he has had several times to do it, but he doesn’t. Something seems off to him and for the first time he questions things and in doing so it throws things out of whack. From the beginning someone has been following him and I wasn’t extremely surprised at the way the story went, but I was still a little shocked.
Ben is a different type of characters so it was hard to really assess if I liked him or not. I think you are suppose to not really like or hate him. I am curious to see how he develops and if his emotions develop any more because of how his last mission went down and the things he now knows about the program, etc.
Sam has a conflicted life as the daughter of a popular mayor. Her mother was killed in Israel and she didn’t take it well. She has a on again off again relationship with an Israel boy who is a bit mysterious.
Howard is a side character that I hope to see more of in the future books. He is a hacker and a nerd so he gets picked on a lot in school. Ben sort of befriends him when he needs a bit of help, though he is not suppose to use others to help him with an assignment.
Overall, I liked this book it just had one of those endings that I understood but didn’t like at the same time and it took me a while to decide on a rating. If you like YA action/thrillers then you might enjoy this one.