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 loved this book. From the very beginning, Allen Zadoff had me invested in the story and the character. He drops the reader into the middle of the action from a previous job before moving our antihero on to the job/story that the novel would be centered around. He also employed a technique I like to call "show-not-tell" when it came to establishing the rules for his character and his world. I already felt like I knew what was going on from the start which is always nice.
The character and story, despite being one of those somewhat unrealistic scenarios like in Alex Rider, felt real. The author made me believe that there could be kids out there who are used for assassinations. I felt like it was a great mix of adventure like you'd find in a YA spy book as well as the sort of darker side like in the book Runner that I reviewed a while back. There were a couple of moments in the book that had some mature subject matter so I would recommend that teens maybe shouldn't pick it up until they are in high school but it's also not a big concern as the author was smart enough not to go into details.
One of the best parts of this book is that the reader gets to watch as the antihero slowly becomes something more of a hero. By the end of the book he still hasn't quite gotten there but there is a change in him that makes you excited to find out more. I cannot wait for the next book because I want to know where things are going to go from here. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good YA spy/assassin type adventure. It is a clever, fresh idea.