Title: I Am The Weapon
Author: Allen Zadoff
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Boy Nobody, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Though I had misgivings at first--this was obviously a book marketed to male audiences--this book was a fun, breakneck thrill ride! Highly recommended to those looking for the next adventure!
This book was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Meet Boy Nobody: a nondescript, plain teenage boy. A normal kid. But here's the catch: Kidnapped as a child by the shadowy organization known only as The Program, he is sent on yet another mission, and Boy Nobody gets unwittingly involved with a young woman at the local high school. In doing so, memories and feelings long forgotten begin to resurface, and with them, he realizes that there just might be a normal kid just under the surface.. And he's fighting for what's left of his life..
What I enjoyed:
-I really loved the premise of this novel--I love spy novels when they're executed in the right way
-Our narrator, a soldier, assassin, and spy, raised to do his job without question, but struggling with first love and with finding his own identity, struggling with doubt--I really felt for him as the novel went on
-The pacing--at first it took a while for me to get into it, but once I did, I couldn't put it down!
-Sam, Howard, and the cast of characters that surround our antihero, especially the mayor and Sam herself
-I loved the way the book was constantly leading me on turns and twists, especially with his former comrade
-Mother and Father
-The secretive, dark peeks into Boy Nobody's fleeting past
-The ending--I can't wait to read the sequel!
What could've been better:
-It took me a bit to actually get into the story
-It kind of bugged me that the book was so obviously marketed to a teen boy/male audience, despite the growing romance between the narrator and Sam
Overall, I really enjoyed I Am The Weapon--it was a great thrill ride! Next on deck: Vienna Nocturne: A Novel by Vivien Shotwell!