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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Very Good!

If you were a fan of the Jason Bourne novels or movies chances are you'll enjoy this book. It was fast paced and had its gritty moments. The way the author writes really helped keep the momentum and his chapters are short so everytime I finished one chapter I was like o...
If you were a fan of the Jason Bourne novels or movies chances are you'll enjoy this book. It was fast paced and had its gritty moments. The way the author writes really helped keep the momentum and his chapters are short so everytime I finished one chapter I was like oh I'll just read one more-- ha yeah right... I finished the book in 2 days. It was very good I completely recommend it!

posted by Anonymous on June 17, 2013

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

The writing is short and concise. I felt as though I was seeing

The writing is short and concise. I felt as though I was seeing the world through Boy Nobody's thoughts rather than how he experiences it. In a way, this reflects who he is. He's a soldier on a mission. Every time he moves on to the next target, he adopts a new identity...
The writing is short and concise. I felt as though I was seeing the world through Boy Nobody's thoughts rather than how he experiences it. In a way, this reflects who he is. He's a soldier on a mission. Every time he moves on to the next target, he adopts a new identity, one that allows him to get closer to the mark (who will bring him close to the target). There isn't "somebody" within him to experience the world. At the same time, the narrative style doesn't allow for much detail to be incorporated into the story, and there is a feeling of distance between (1) the reader and Boy Nobody and (2) Boy Nobody and the rest of the world.
Because of the narrative distance, it's hard to relate to Boy Nobody on an emotional level. He notes facts, but he keeps a tight rein on his emotions with almost superhuman control. Even when he lets some opportunities to complete his mission go, he finds excuses for himself resolves to figure out why he can't do what he was sent there to do. The way he acts, it's like he's almost like some form of artificial intelligence. Only, he really is human, and he's finally remembering what it's like to be one.
Here, the plot becomes one we've seen many times. The girl and her father open the boy's eyes to what it means to be human, and he begins to question his life and what he wants to do with it. Sam wasn't quite what I expected. She's beautiful to what seems like model perfection, but she's also kind of a badass, and she's able to confuzzle Boy Nobody, which nobody has done yet. Inside, however, she's fragile when it comes to love, and she's an emotional wreck from her mother's death, her mysterious relationship with her ex, and her father's job. The way she opens up so fast to Boy Nobody is freaky and unexpected. I wish that the story didn't move so fast, but at the same time I understand that it's necessary because of the time limit on Boy Nobody's mission.
What I love the most is the mission side of the story. The way Boy Nobody communicates with his supervisors is interesting and reminds me a little of spy novels--how they have all this crazy gadgetry. Boy Nobody's "gadgets" are more toned down and inconspicuous though, consistent with how his entire life is kept low profile. I also really like the action scenes, especially the ones at the end where he learns the truth about why he was sent to mark Sam.
Not much is revealed about The Program that Boy Nobody works for, which is understandable given Boy Nobody's lack of knowledge about it. During his mission, however, he comes across some startling, though expected, facts that make him further question who he is and what he's doing. It looks like we'll be learning more about The Program and Boy Nobody's role in it with the publication of book two, and I'm curious enough to want to read it.

posted by ImaginaryReads on June 17, 2013

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  • Posted July 14, 2013

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    I totally judged Boy Nobody by author Allen Zadoff by its cover.

    I totally judged Boy Nobody by author Allen Zadoff by its cover. I mean, come on! Can you honestly blame me? It’s super awesome and compelled me to read the synopsis that promised me espionage, action and romance. Boy Nobody lived up to my expectations of the novel. It was such a fun read and is the type that you don’t want to put down for a moment.

    Boy Nobody is the story of main character Ben (and while technically his name isn’t Ben, it is the name that Boy Nobody uses and so I’m going to use Ben to avoid confusion) a teenage boy who is controlled by the Program to carry out their assignments. Ben barely remembers when he first entered the Program, but he does remember bits and pieces from before he became an assassin. Ben receives a call from Mother and Father (the two individuals who give Ben his assignments for the Program) and learns about his greatest assignment yet: Kill the Target in five days. Who is the Target? The Mayor of New York. How is he gonna get to the Target? Through the Mayor’s daughter, Sam.

    With only five days to complete his assignment, Ben finds himself attending a prestigious New York private school in hopes of getting close to Sam. In just five days Ben finds himself growing closer and closer to Sam who he begins to have feelings for. As Ben and Sam fall closer together Ben also finds himself closer and closer to the Target. But something is wrong. Sam makes him remember things he shouldn’t and the Mayor reminds him of the life he left behind when the Program took him. Just as Ben begins to accept these things everything changes with a call from Mother and… dun, dun, dun!

    What I noticed instantly about Boy Nobody was that Ben would be a memorable character. I’ve read a lot of books with a main character that is involved in assassinations and espionage but Ben was different. Unlike the majority of those characters, Ben felt realistic. He seemed human and he had human wants and desires. I really liked that. Also, Ben is a total badass. Throughout the story he shows off how big of a skilled martial artist he by going full on Batman on antagonists in the novel.

    Ben’s assignment in Boy Nobody involves him trying to make Sam fall in love with him over the course of five days. While that does sound highly unrealistic and any good girl would think-twice about going into a relationship with a boy who just randomly shows up and doing so within a five day period. Sam is way smarter than that and actually gives Ben a run for his money on multiple occasions. When the two characters first met, I was instantly fangirling over the two of them and as the novel progressed I began to heart the two of them together. By the time the novel ended my head was left reeling from a plot twist I did not see coming.

    Boy Nobody is a novel that is written for readers to get lost in a good story. I honestly could not stop reading and finished the novel feeling completely overwhelmed by how badly I didn’t want the story to end. Readers who are fans of badass MCs who are attractive and deep will fall hard for this read. Boy Nobody is Nikita meets Arrow.

    I’d recommend Boy Nobody to readers who are looking for a good read, readers who love action and readers who are looking for a thrilling read with an unexpected plot twist.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2015

    This book is apparently known by at least three different titles

    This book is apparently known by at least three different titles (Boy Nobody, I Am the Weapon, and The Hit), which confused the hell out of me at first. Once I sorted that out, though, I was good to go.

    I had an extremely difficult time getting through the beginning of this book. It wasn’t boring, it wasn’t badly written, none of that stuff, but I still struggled. I must have reread the beginning sections three, four, maybe even five times before I finally got through it for good and read the rest of the book. Before that, I kept putting it down in favor of other things. The beginning of the book made me so nervous because I was afraid it was going to be violent/gory beyond what I could handle at the time, and I couldn’t figure the main character out. I didn’t know what his motivations were or why he was doing any of this, and I don’t like seeing bad things happen to good people, through no real fault of their own, which, of course, happens in books all the time… but seeing it from the POV of the “bad guy” made me kinda go, “Oh no, oh no, oh no,” and put the book down… repeatedly. I generally love books that do this kind of thing, but for some reason, in this book, it just made me super nervous and it was really difficult to continue.

    Thankfully, the book wasn’t too gory or violent, and once I actually got through the beginning and continued on, I found it to be a really enjoyable book. There were still scenes that made me really uncomfortable, but I think that was the point. The main character has a really unique voice, and I liked that a lot. His observations let the reader see things in a different way than if another person were telling this story, and I thought that gave the story a lot of character and let it stand out.

    The main character is a type of assassin working for The Program, an organization which appears to work for or be part of the government. This book covers what happens when that assassin starts to question things. It’s hard to go into why I found this book so unique compared to similar stories without spoiling anything, though. The premise of the book itself isn’t unique by any means, but it still stood out from a lot of books I’ve read recently, and I’m still thinking about it long after finishing it.

    Overall, I found this book pretty enjoyable once I was able to get through the beginning and get a sense of what was going on with the main character, and I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next installment in the series!

    (I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

    Turning a kid into an assassin is wrong on so many levels, but t

    Turning a kid into an assassin is wrong on so many levels, but the way Boy Nobody's story is written is quite fascinating. We're taken into his past and present and what got him to this point in his life; we see through his eyes and mind what his training has done to his psyche; we walk through the steps he takes and the thoughts he processes. All of this I found very engaging. There are great twists and turns throughout the novel. I felt like I was uncovering multiple mysteries, not just who Boy Nobody is, but who these people around him are, what The Program is, and what the deal is with his current assignment.



    There was action from start to finish and never did I feel bored. The way the plot was directed and driven was quite fascinating and kept my attention throughout, even when I was questioning why the author made certain plot choices. Then, as those choices were made more clear, I nodded my head in understanding and acceptance. The ending has certain twists that I didn't see coming, and no matter the outcome, I really appreciated the unexpected direction. By the end, along with Boy Nobody, I have more understanding and more questions and I look forward to where his story is going to go in the next book. All in all, a great read!

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

    Very Good

    I really enjoyed this book, I can't wait to read the second one.

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