I Am the Weapon (The Unknown Assassins Series, Book 1)

I Am the Weapon (The Unknown Assassins Series, Book 1)

by Allen Zadoff
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Paperback_Princess More than 1 year ago
I was told that this was a great book. I'm not certain that it would have been on my radar had someone not told me that I should pick it up because it sounded awesome. So once Hannah told me that I should grab it while at ALA, I jumped on that. Then Liza at Who R U Blog also talked it up like nothing else. So I promptly moved it to the top of my TBR shelf, and brought it with me on vacation. I really liked that this was a book told from a boy's point of view and that the book didn't follow all the norms that go with a YA book. I have found that YA can be painfully predictable these days and this book didn't fall into that. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was wrong. I loved that it kept me on my toes the entire time. I felt badly for Boy Nobody since he never really knew who he was or what was his true purpose was. He knew the people he was working for and he knew that his family were traitors and that it was his job to kill other traitors. What we don't know is what his real purpose is, and what really happened to his parents. Perhaps the best part of this book is the fact that there is going to be a second book that I'm sure will be just as hard to put down as the first.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
This book is hard to put down! I received an advance reader edition of this book from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review. 4.5 Stars Do you know how sometimes a book you are reading just sucks you in and you have to know what happens next? That book that you can not seem to be able to put down even though you have lots of other things that need to be done? This book was that kind of book for me. I literally found myself making dinner while holding this book with one hand. That kind of thing rarely happens in my world but I sure do love it when it does. This book is about a teenage assassin who can become a part of someone's world, eliminate his target, and then leave without anyone even suspects that a murder has even taken place. He has been highly trained by The Program and works as a solo agent in the field. His only communication is with "Father" and "Mother" who issue his assignments. He has a new assignment for which he will become Benjamin. He will need to go to New York and become close to Sam. His assignment is to kill Sam's dad and he has only 5 days to accomplish this task. Sam's dad happens to be the mayor of New York City making this job more difficult. We know very little about Ben. His real name is not used until the end of the book. The circumstances that turned him into the killer he is in this book are shared with the reader in short flashbacks as the story progresses. I thought that this book was remarkably well written. I always felt compelled to read just a bit more to find out what was going to happen next. This book would probably work best for an older teen audience. Obviously this book is about a teen assassin but it also has a few scenes with teenage drinking and an off stage sex scene. I would recommend this book to others. It appears that this is the first book in a new series and I am looking forward to the next book already. This was the first book that I have had a chance to read by Allen Zadoff but I plan to watch for this author in the future.
blbrady More than 1 year ago
Interesting YA series.  A good addition to my library.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
I Am the Weapon (The Unknown Assassin #1) by Allen Zadoff This is the Jason Bourne of the teenage world. The main character a teen himself shows the ability of the human spirit to overcome, adapt, and find purpose. The world is a dark place, left with only the chance to survive by serving those who have taken him, a young boy taught to obey learns to question. The mission has taught him that he is not mindless weapon, but someone who can find the truth at great cost.
MIkeHamilton More than 1 year ago
Zadoff has come up with an amazing character and story. My son and I both enjoyed it tremendously. Fast paced with realistic action, technology and characters that ring true.
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Megan_S More than 1 year ago
I'm always game for a a thriller, but I've yet to dabble in the Young Adult Thriller genres. I'm glad this was the first book I came across, as it was almost impossible to put down. Allen Zadoff has created a world that is unique, intriguing, and offers characters that many can relate to. And while there was much to love, there were a few things that tripped me up as a reader. Reading the first few pages, I didn't know what to make of it. The writing was very short, with very simplistic sentences, and I didn't understand why. If the entire book was going to be like this, it would have taken me forever to finish. But as I continued reading, I started to understand the writing style. The narration comes from the mind of a sixteen year old spy with almost zero emotions. We don't even get his name until the last half of the novel. As the story develops further, the writing changes subtlety to mirror the narrators budding emotions and new thought patterns. In between the present storyline, we get glimpses of what of what transpired in the narrator's life to bring him to where he is now. We see his past with his parents and his first taste of the organization he works for, other members, what the organization stands for. You don't know whether the main character is a good guy or a bad guy, and that ambiguity helps make him relatable and pushes the story forward. While reading, I couldn't help thinking how much this story reminded me of the TV show, Nikita. The Program, the name of the organization that our main character works for, seems just as shady as Division in the show, and in both, the recruits are young and have troubled pasts. This book also reminded me of the show, Burn Notice, as just like in that show, our main character explains what he's going to do on his mission. Its aspects like this that draw a reader in.  We eventually get to the main storyline when the m.c. gets his next assignment. And its when the m.c. meets the daughter of his target that we see the cracks in his emotionless mask start to develop. As a 16-year-old boy, there's only so much you can do to douse your hormones. Especially when you have limited emotional outlets. The relationship that transpires between him and his target's daughter is just what you'd expect from a high school romance. Quick once its recognized on both sides and full of hormones. While it may have taken time for the two to admit their feelings, even to themselves, it's a roller coaster ride after the fact. And it almost compromises his mission. During the present storyline, we're given glimpses into our m.c.'s past and what made him really want to join The Program. We know this mission is changing him and bringing him back to a time where he didn't need to shut off his emotions. We eventually discover his name, Zach, and how he was introduced to The Program. Also, we meet the agent responsible for bringing him into the fold and learn that his family may still be alive somewhere. After some great twists and turns, the story concludes, leaving the reader wanting more and more.  Zach starts to question The Program and tries to figure out just who they are. He leaves a loose end that will help him in the next installment, something he wouldn't have done in the first half of the book. There are so many questions left unanswered, hooking the reader. I'd definitely recommend this book to those looking for a good Young Adult Mystery/Thriller.
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
This is my first novel from Zadoff, so I came into this completely unaware and without expectations. There is one confusing thing ... sometimes the cover of this novel say Boy Nobody instead of I Am the Weapon and I don't know if it's because the novel has a different name in other countries (which has happened) or if they changed the name ... who knows. But if you see the other title, it's this novel. Anyway, gosh. I'm pretty torn on this one. I mean, it was good. It kept me interested but I think the reason it had me hooked was because I was trying to see if the writing style would change. It was just VERY detached. Don't get me wrong, I can see how that may have been intentional. This is a novel about a boy who has no past and essentially no future because of his profession. Of course he's detached. But it still made for a very creepy pov. It's hard reading about someone who essentially commits these horrible acts and does it without feeling or a second thought. Basically, this could have been totally intended. I don't think that I'll read the next in the series because of how this was written. It was well written but the style in which it was delivered was just strange and almost foreign to me. Yeah, there were tons of twists and turns. Yeah, there were quite a few surprises and I'm still shocked that I was 73% into the novel before I found out the main characters name. Like I said, it was weird. I did like the ingenious ways that the Boy Nobody would communicate with his handlers. Some of these ideas were just mind blowing and it made me wonder how far from the truth some of these things actually are. I know I said I probably wouldn't pick up the next novel in the series but there were a lot of questions left unanswered at the end of this first installment and I would kinda like to know what happens next. This is one that will hook you. You are drawn in by this intricate story of this lost teenager. It really makes you wonder. A good book for food-for-thought.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i read this book, I was so into it. Being a teenager, I reay understood what he was feeling. Even tho my job isn't to go around and kill people, it is very relatable. I strongly recomend that everyone read this book
SBMorales More than 1 year ago
A young boy taken from the his life and recruited into The Program. I was so entertained reading this book. A 16 year old boy is an assassin or rather a "soldier", as he describes himself. The story is told by the main characters point of view. You get his innermost thoughts as well as his memories that he begins to regain. He has an inner struggle that I think most teenagers have. No one wants to just blindly do as your told and not ask questions. It was exciting and suspenseful right from the start and didn't let up will the end. I can't wait to read the next installment! Crime suspense and YA books are your thing give this one a try. It's great!!
tpolen More than 1 year ago
A teenage hit man? I had to have this book and I'm so glad I read it. When Benjamin (not his real name, of course) began his new assignment in a private high school, there were the usual suspects - bullies, nerds, divas, etc. I was afraid things might continue in that stereotypical direction, but this story reached a higher level of sophistication than expected. With his training, Benjamin was clearly at a higher maturity level than the other students, but also with his training, he was able to adapt to any situation and blend in with the crowd. Although sometimes a book written strictly in first person can be limiting, I didn't find that to be the case with I Am The Weapon and enjoyed being in Benjamin's head and learning things when he did. This book was also action-packed, as you would expect in a thriller such as this. Obviously, you have to suspend disbelief with a book about a teenage assassin, but a couple of times in the story, a mature, adult character disclosed personal things about his life and family to Benjamin, a teenage boy he'd just met. I found that a little hard to swallow. This book was very enjoyable, fast-paced, and hard to put down. Even if you're not a YA fan, but enjoy thrillers and suspense, I recommend giving this book a chance. You may find yourself surprised. This review is based on a digital copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
UrbanGirlReview More than 1 year ago
Was I Am the Weapon an action packed and non-stop thrill ride? One big fat YES! I Am the Weapon is the kind of book you can't put down. The book is packed with action from the opening scene to the shocking conclusion; it is a must read. I Am the Weapon started a little unexceptional but about mid-way through the book, it became exceptional. Although Ben was an anti-hero with conflicted emotions, he still managed to sound like a sixteen year old boy. The author expertly portrays him as a soldier/spy in the way he handles situations. The other characters are also very realistic in their emotions and actions. Personally I liked that Sam, was confident and determined and didn't need to be saved all the time. I did not like the character of Howard because of the incident in the library; it completely threw the book off for me.  I gave this book four stars because of the ending. Why I say this is because of the way the book progressed in the beginning and how it concluded. I really did not foresee the ending. To be honest, I believe it took guts for the author to write that and I'm very interested to see how the author will translate what happened in I Am the Weapon to the sequel.  Was it similar to a James Bond? Yes, a lot of the plot is characteristic of a James Bond movie which can be good or bad depending on your perspective. For me, I would have preferred a few more themes that didn't look like they were taken right out if a James Bond flick.  My other problem was the flashbacks which ended up somewhat shaky and without impact on the overall plot. The flashbacks released too much information on Ben's past. It would have been to the authors advantage to keep him in mystery longer. In particular was the scene with Ben's father and Mike that made me question his parents death.  Overall, I liked the furious pace, intensity, and characters of the novel. One of the problems was the very similar plots of I Am the Weapon and James Bond. The second was the weak flashbacks that could have raised more questions than answer them. But, I enormously enjoyed I Am the Weapon and couldn't put it down. So, if you are in the mood for an action/spy book this book is for you. Note: I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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