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I Am the Mission (Unknown Assassin Series #2)

I Am the Mission (Unknown Assassin Series #2)

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by Allen Zadoff

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He was the perfect assassin.
Boy Nobody: No name. No past. No remorse. At least until he began to ask questions and challenge his orders -- until he fell in love with his target. Now The Program is worried that its valuable soldier has become a liability.
Boy Nobody, haunted by the outcome of his last assignment, is given a new mission. A test of sorts.


He was the perfect assassin.
Boy Nobody: No name. No past. No remorse. At least until he began to ask questions and challenge his orders -- until he fell in love with his target. Now The Program is worried that its valuable soldier has become a liability.
Boy Nobody, haunted by the outcome of his last assignment, is given a new mission. A test of sorts. A chance to show his loyalty.
His objective: Take out Eugene Moore, the owner of a military training and indoctrination camp for teenagers. One target. Limited time frame. Public place. It sounds simple, but a previous operative couldn't do it. He lost the mission and is presumed dead. Boy Nobody is confident he can finish the job. Quickly.
But when things go awry, Boy Nobody finds himself lost in a mission where nothing is as it seems: not The Program, his allegiances, or the truth.

The riveting second book in The Unknown Assassin series by Allen Zadoff delivers heart-pounding action and thought-provoking characters, as well as a new, exotic setting; a new mission; and new secrets to be revealed.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Teen assassin Boy Nobody has to prove to The Program that he isn't a liability. His mission in a brand-new location goes awry and secrets are revealed that put him at the edge of his allegiances and the truth.
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Praise for I Am the Mission:

"Zadoff packs in plenty of tension-filled moments that will leave readers on the edges of their seats...Just when readers think they've made it through one breathless climax, Zadoff adds another twist that tacks on more...Hollywood-esque thrills...A more dangerous Alex Rider for the older set."—Kirkus Reviews

"In this follow-up to Boy Nobody (2013), Zadoff has crafted another highly suspenseful, compulsively readable futuristic thriller with an agreeably intricate plot and a sympathetic-though often coldblooded-protagonist. Readers will be clamoring for the next volume."—Booklist

"With a high body count, interesting plot twists, technology tie-ins, and nonstop action, this thriller should appeal to teenage boys."—VOYA

Praise for I Am the Weapon, previously titled Boy Nobody:

A 2014 Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

* "Zadodff shines in this violent, entertaining twist on the teen spy novel. [Boy Nobody is]...a tense and exciting story with a strong cast...blunt and hard edged narration and twists will keep readers riveted."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

* "[Boy Nobody] is like a darker version of Alex Rider, [and] Thomas in James Dashner's Maze Runner series... Fans of such fast-paced action novels should love this first installment in the Boy Nobody series."—VOYA (starred review)

"Operating in the tradition of both James Bond and of Robert Cormier's I Am the Cheese (1977), Boy Nobody is an auspicious first volume in a promised new series of action-adventure thrillers that will keep readers clamoring for more."—Booklist

"Fast, furious, and fun...Plenty of action and drama, and hairpin turns [that] will keep readers guessing; a twist in the end will have them begging for more."—Kirkus Reviews

"A promising start to an exciting new series."—SLJ

"I cannot wait to get this title, first in a new series, into the hands of my male students who are often at a loss for material to read."—Library Media Connection

"When James Bond was a little boy, he wanted to grow up to be half as hard-core as Boy Nobody."—Barry Lyga, New York Times bestselling author of I Hunt Killers


"Operating in the tradition of both James Bond and of Robert Cormier's I Am the Cheese (1977), Boy Nobody is an auspicious first volume in a promised new series of action-adventure thrillers that will keep readers clamoring for more."
Barry Lyga

"When James Bond was a little boy, he wanted to grow up to be half as hard-core as Boy Nobody."
Library Media Connections

"I cannot wait to get this title, first in a new series, into the hands of my male students who are often at a loss for material to read."
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Lynne Farrell-Stover
The stakes are high for the sixteen-year-old trained assassin. The “Program,” a covert organization that essentially killed his parents and recruited him at the age of twelve, has assigned him to take out the paranoid and power-hungry Eugene Moore, the leader of Camp Liberty. Daniel, the current alias of the fearless protagonist, is directed to attend an informational meeting concerning the military youth camp. Once there, he is to quickly kill the camp’s leader. However, the assignment does not go as planned and Daniel finds himself in an unanticipated situation. Cut off from all contact with his handlers, he discovers that snap decisions and precarious risks are a necessary part of his survival. Ironically, the greatest gamble he takes is soliciting assistance from the young, tech-savvy Howard. This decision results in the cliffhanger that should be resolved in the next book in the series. With a high body count, interesting plot twists, technology tie-ins, and nonstop action, this thriller should appeal to teenage boys. The first-person narrative, short chapters, and use of dialog to advance the story make this a quick read that may attract reluctant readers. The backstory is revealed slowly as the tale progresses. However, readers of the first book in The Unknown Assassin series (The Boy Nobody [Little, Brown, 2013/Voya June 2013]) have the advantage of knowing why Daniel is starting to question the organization that is making life and death decisions for him. Profanity, violence, and sexual references make this book appropriate for mature readers. Reviewer: Lynne Farrell-Stover; Ages 12 to 18.
Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Boy Nobody is an assassin. Working for a shadowy organization called The Program, Boy Nobody is haunted by the results of his last mission. Trying to block out the terrible images of the girl he left behind, Boy Nobody cuts his ties and takes a vacation from his deadly job. But he cannot avoid the seemingly all-knowing elements of The Program; they find him send him on a new mission aimed at the messianic leader of a paramilitary camp that indoctrinates teenagers into believing a new truth about America. Boy Nobody’s task is to terminate this leader; but en route he discovers, once again, that everything is not what it seems. Boy Nobody carries with him painful memories and his own training designed to allow him to conceal who he really is from everybody. But on his latest mission his natural and acquired defenses are not enough. In book two of Allen Zadoff’s fast-paced “The Unknown Assassin” series readers are once again drawn into the chilling and yet sympathetic world of Boy Nobody. Written in a clipped style reminiscent of Hemingway-like dialog, I Am the Mission picks up where Zadoff’s first book, I Am The Weapon, left off. Zadoff once again demonstrates his well-honed ability not only to tell an exciting tale, but also to do so in a way that brings his characters to life. Boy Nobody’s plight becomes believable as do his superior skillsets. Readers who enjoyed the series premier novel will not be disappointed in this well-written and exciting sequel. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck; Ages 13 up.
Kirkus Reviews
An unnamed soldier infiltrates a teen military camp and picks up where his lost colleague left off.Still recovering from the trauma of his previous mission in New York City (I Am the Weapon, originally published as Boy Nobody, 2013), Boy Nobody, known as Daniel in this sequel, embarks on a new one. He is to assassinate the ringleader of a secret military camp in rural New Hampshire, where he indoctrinates teens to become weapons of fear. Daniel knows he must win their trust and prove his leadership abilities, and that makes up the majority of the pages of this tightly written, exciting second outing. Zadoff packs in plenty of tension-filled moments that will leave readers on the edges of their seats, including some flirty repartee that leads to a bit of steamy action with the daughter of the camp's owner. This time, however, the blood-and-guts level escalates. It's no splatterfest, but there's some bona fide Rambo action in which Daniel digs a knife into his own skin, and that will no doubt turn a few stomachs—but the book's not really for those readers anyway. The novel's only fault lies in Zadoff's apparent need to keep going. Just when readers think they've made it through one breathless climax, Zadoff adds another twist that tacks on more pages and Hollywood-esque thrills. Readers won't mind, however. In fact, they'll be sorry when it finally stops.A more dangerous Alex Rider for the older set. (Thriller. 13-17)

Product Details

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
Unknown Assassin Series , #2
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Hachette Digital, Inc.
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2 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Allen Zadoff is the author of several acclaimed novels, including Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have, winner of the Sid Fleischman Humor Award and a YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults. He is a graduate of Cornell University and the Harvard University Institute for Advanced Theater Training. His training as a super spy, however, has yet to be verified.

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I Am the Mission 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
I Am the Mission  by Allen Zadoff The teenage Jason Borne goes where few action hero stories go. Zach our interrupted spy/ soldier has gone off the grid. He joins a youth camp trying to reconnect to the world without the Program. The Program will not lose him that easily. They know where he is and they need him. Zach finds out he is not the only soldier for the Program in the worst way. Mike his original recruiter is also not alone in working for the Program. There are others like Zach who were recruited at a young age, taking from family, or the only survivors in their family. One of these recruits has gone missing. The Program needs Zach to finish his mission. The consequences could be deadly; not following orders could make him a rogue agent, liable for destruction to himself and all he holds dear. Can Zach figure out how to complete the mission? Can he find out the information that the Program is protecting him from? Can he survive to tell the Program his reasons for going against orders? This is an intriguing book with many plot turns, and points of frustration for the character and the reader alike as he pieces together his plan of action and completes his mission. 
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
Solid second installment! I received an advance reader edition of this book from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review. 4 Stars I must admit that I was a little afraid of this book so I waited a long time to read it. You may be wondering how any sane person could be afraid to read a book but I really was (and my sanity is often questionable). I was afraid of this book because I have been let down by follow up books in several other series and I did not want this wonderful character to be tainted in my mind. This book turns out to be a great follow up to I Am the Weapon, although not quite as good. The main character goes by Daniel in this book and The Program is no longer sure if they should trust him after the events in the first book. After proving himself, he is sent on a mission. Things do not go as plan and Daniel finds himself spending time at a military style camp for teens led by Eugene Moore. Daniel must figure out what to do with no input from The Program despite his attempts to contact them. When Daniel becomes desperate for outside help, he turns to his friend Howard. It was wonderful to see Howard in this book as his character is so likeable and interesting. We also learn more about The Program and Daniel's past which I can't wait to watch Allen Zadoff build on in subsequent novels in this series. There are so many things that I like about this book. I like that this is teen book that does not revolve around a romance even though there is a romantic element it is not the center of the book. I love that this is a smartly written teen book with lots of action that should appeal to a wide range of fans. Unfortunately, I did not think this book was quite as good as the first one largely because it took a while for the story to build in this book but before long I was completely pulled in and could not wait to see how things would unfold. I would recommend this book to others but I would suggest that readers start with the first book if they are new to the series. I think that the background information about Daniel and the The Program from the first book makes this book much easier to follow and enjoy. I definitely plan to continue to read works by Allen Zadoff including future books in this series.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Boy Nobody returns, and now he must re-prove himself to the Father and Mother, as well as the Agency when his last mission awoke “emotions” in the young, programmed assassin, causing his loyalties to be questioned by both himself and his handlers. His next mission? Assassinate the leader of a conservative militia training camp for young adults. With no lead time, no pre-planning another rush job is thrown at Boy Nobody, one that seems destined for failure from the start. What is the Agency really setting boy Nobody up for, failure? Do they have another agenda that they have not shared with him? Feeling alone once again, boy Nobody thinks on his feet, ingratiates himself with the leader and his children, but the right hand man sees something in Boy Nobody that he recognizes and his suspicions could mean the death of Nobody. What is the true mission here? Has the agency left Nobody hanging in the wind? One person can tell him about his past, or at least part of it, can Nobody risk exposing himself for the answers to his past that he has so desperately yearned for? When disaster looms, once again, Boy Nobody must decide to choose between what’s right and the Agency, but where will that leave him? With the help of an unlikely hero, Howard, a young computer genius extraordinaire, the clock is ticking and Boy Nobody is trapped at ground zero. Once again, Allen Zadoff has astounded me with his brilliance for creative, out-of-the-box thinking and his ability to put it all together in an often heart-wrenching, pulse-pounding thriller, geared toward the eye of the YA crowd, while opening the door wide enough for all readers. I Am the Mission is one heart-stopping, pulse-pounding read as each page flies by at lightning speed. He allows us inside the calculating mind of Nobody, as he struggles with honor, loyalty and his growing knowledge that all is not as it seems. People are needlessly dying, is boy Nobody the cause or will he become the “cure?” Not sure how Allen Zadoff can top this one, he is raising the bar one book at a time, but for an author like this, I suppose the sky is the limit! As long as boy Nobody can handle it, I’m confident Allen Zadoff will keep it coming!
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tpolen More than 1 year ago
I. Love. This. Series.  Absolutely love it.  I reviewed the first book in this series, I Am The Weapon here and it was fantastic, but I think this one was even better. This time around, our young assassin's name is Daniel (still not his real name) and this book begins a couple of weeks or so after the first book ended.  Daniel is given another mission and things seem to go wrong from the first step.  Loaded with suspense, action, and twists - it's a nice change of pace to read a YA book whose primary focus isn't on a romantic relationship.  And although this is YA, the author doesn't 'dumb-down' anything - this could easily be a Jason Bourne book, with Bourne about twenty years younger. Each book begins with a new mission, but there is also the ongoing plot line of Daniel's struggles with whom to trust, the reason he was brought into The Program, and the conflicting memories of his father.  I Am The Weapon left me with even more questions that I'm hoping will be answered in the next installment, I Am The Traitor, coming out this June (can't wait!). I won this book in the Goodreads First Reads program and I'd highly recommend this series to older YA readers, as there are some mature themes, but also to adults who enjoy mystery, suspense, and thrillers.    
Megan_S More than 1 year ago
With how much I enjoyed the first book in this series, I was eager to get my hands on the next installment. Allen Zadoff wove together a gripping, intriguing world of mystery, action, self-discovery, and emotional revolution in a way that Ive yet to experience from another author. But I have to say that I was somewhat disappointed with the execution of this book. It had many of the same elements that I enjoyed from the first book, but they were overplayed and drawn out in a way to make them feel less than authentic. We left the main character with a cracked view of The Program, a secret organization that trains young kids to be spies and forget their previous existence. He didn't clean up all his loose ends, he broke protocol and pursued an emotional connection with a target, and he was given information that makes him rethink what happened in his past. Jump to this book, and he's almost back to being completely unemotional. It doesn't fit, and while it fit his character previously, I expected him to be slightly more open. And just like last time, the target moves from being the father, the leader, to the seemingly innocent daughter. It's almost the exact same plot line as book one, but more involved. In the same vein, both of the daughters meet their end. But perhaps one good surprise was the return of the rival and kid who brought our Amin character into The Program. It's at the end that we learn that while the rival is still working for the organization, he's questoning everything and planting more seeds of doubt into the main character's mind, even more so than what a former Program recruit was able to do. It was good to see the cracks in he main characte's psyche further splinter as his partner is taken by the organization he's supposed to be working for, and how he does what he can to keep him safe. But it feels like there is still something not completely genuine about the main character, and it's hard to put a finger on. It could be his swaying emotions toward the mission and The Program, but it feels like it's on a more personal level. I can only hope that the next installment clears up some of this confusion and shows us more of what The Program really is, instead of the small glimpses we see from time to time. Overall, it was a good read and perfectly set the stage for book 3.
MIkeHamilton More than 1 year ago
The follow-up to I am the Weapon is even better than the first. I literally couldn't put it down and stayed up all night to finish it.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
When I read Boy Nobody by author Allen Zadoff I was looking forward to finding out what would happen next to the novel’s protagonist Boy Nobody. It was one of the first espionage-type novels that I had read and I absolutely loved the novel. Everything from the character to the setting—loved all of it. So when I got to read The Lost Mission I jumped at the chance. What I expected was an awesome read. What I didn’t expect was how blown away I would be by it.  In The Lost Mission, Boy Nobody is recovering from his previous mission and the heavy impact it has taken on him. Then he’s approached by Mother and Father with a new mission. One that was lost when the agent working on it was seemingly killed. Soon Boy Nobody is thrown into a whole new mission, one that is far more dangerous than he even knows. All he has to do is enter Camp Liberty, a military camp for teenagers, and kill their leader, Eugene Moore. But what once seemed like a simple mission soon becomes something much larger than that. Suddenly Boy Nobody begins to question just what the Program really is and their influence over him, leading to unanticipated revelations and decisions that will change everything.   The Lost Mission wasn’t at all what I expected it to be. The premise made me a bit iffy but I was surprised by how well-executed the plot was. The novel does begin with a somewhat slow pace but picks right up about a third of the way in. From then on the story is nothing but plot twists and unexpected discoveries. Talk about awesome. What I probably loved most about The Lost Mission is the character development. I find that watching how a character grows throughout a series is one of the most enjoyable experiences. The Lost Mission is filled with that. We watch as Boy Nobody evolves from being a character who is nothing more than a weapon being told who to kill and turned into a character who questions his role and considers breaking that mold (and whether he does or not… well you’ll have to find out).  There was some repetitiveness in the story in terms of the romantic element (if it can even be called that). Whenever Boy Nobody is approached by a female character who shows romantic interest in him it does feel nothing more than forced and unnecessary. I personally dislike when female characters—and especially strong females—are turned into nothing more than sex objects in the presence of the male lead.  The writing in The Lost Mission does keep up with the novel’s pacing. Zadoff’s writing compels readers to keep on flipping pages and find out what happens next. Their writing style is a very unique one and gives just the right amount of detailing where it’s required and continues with the simplistic, smooth writing everywhere else. It’s hard not to get caught-up entirely in these novels. Honestly, with the way that The Lost Mission turned out and with its ending I am so excited to find out what happens next in Boy Nobody’s story. Any readers who got to check out the first book need to read this one. They definitely won’t regret it. The plot and the plot twists are more than enough to keep you interested and coming back for more. I would recommend the Boy Nobody novels to readers who are looking for a novel that is all about espionage and action. Any readers who are looking for a novel that is an action-packed thriller and any readers who want a novel that is all about kicking some major ass should give the series a read.
RachKC More than 1 year ago
"You're dying right now and you don't know it. You are asleep and dying. I'm trying to wake you up." (I Am The Mission) Well, Zadoff woke me up with his second book in The Unknown Assassin series. Now I am waiting for the next page-turning mission. ***A copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here a challenge. Kill Silv of bloodclan at aesop result 1. Lets see if you can do that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Killing killing and more killing
Monnie777 More than 1 year ago
First off I received this book for review from Net Galley and also I have not read the first book in this series. After telling you that, I can say that you don't need to read this book, you can read it as a stand alone book. This book is all engrossing. I couldn't get enough of this book, I wanted to know what happens next and I wanted to know quickly. It took me no time to read this book and I'm glad I got the chance to read it. The book is suspenseful, tactical and action oriented. I would recommend this book to both teens and adults who like books that keep you on the edge of your seat. I will now go and buy the first book to read and look forward to the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why do you hate her?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Warning: it ends in a cliff-hanger
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has so many plot twists that you will never want to put it down. One thing happens after another that makes you curious and it makes you want to know more. We really get to see how Zach really feels and that he does everything in his power to save the ones he cares for. You also see how the program doesn't really trust and that they run away when things become suspiciuos. I recomend this book to anyone that likes mystery and action. I cannot wait until the third book in the series comes out so I can continue reading into the life of Zach. Also, in this book you see that he falls fast. That he finds someone of interest and then never wants to let them go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did nit read the book but i dont know or care about what i say Hahahahaha
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A pair of golden eyes watches from the shadows...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thinks you are crazy