Review: I Am the Mission by Allen Zadoff

June 26, 2014 Reviews 7 ★★★½

I Am the Mission by Allen Zadoff
Series: The Unknown Assassin # 2
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on June 17, 2014
Genres: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
He was the perfect assassin. No name. No past. No remorse. Perfect, that is, until he began to ask questions and challenge his orders. Now The Program is worried that their valuable soldier has become a liability. 

And so Boy Nobody is given a new mission. A test of sorts. A chance to prove his loyalty.

His objective: Take out Eugene Moore, the owner of an extremist military training camp for teenagers. It sounds like a simple task, but a previous operative couldn't do it. He lost the mission and is presumed dead. Now 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, nor the truth. 

The riveting second book in Allen Zadoff's Boy Nobody series delivers heart-pounding action and a shocking new twist that makes Boy Nobody question everything he has believed.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, I Am the Weapon, although I read it under its previous title, Boy Nobody.  In this sequel, the assassin, nicknamed Boy Nobody, is sent on a new mission.  My main problem with the story is that this felt so similar to the previous book – he is to assassinate a powerful man, but allows himself to get too close to the target’s child(ren), a major violation of his training.  It also seemed that in this book, much emphasis was placed on having characters tell Boy Nobody how fantastic his skills are.  I don’t remember this from the first book; it seemed we were shown these skills, and it wasn’t necessary for other characters to hammer the point home by talking about it.  The story has a James Bond-ish quality, and even though the events can be wild, it’s all in good fun.  That makes it all the more distracting when the story is rolling along, the action is intense, and then a character brings me right out of it by proclaiming Boy Nobody’s awesomeness.

What I did love was how we get to see a more human, vulnerable side to Boy Nobody, and this side is revealed in a very interesting way.  He’s more isolated than ever, and he can no longer decipher the good guys from the bad guys.  The danger comes at him from all angles, and his intuition becomes just as important as his skills as an assassin.  As for the ending – Allen Zadoff already proved he has a way with endings – and this one is exciting and intense, if not more than a little far-fetched.  Picture those James Bond films or one of Tom Cruise’s actions scenes, and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect.

Despite a couple of reservations, I Am the Mission is a very good thriller, and a few last minute surprises make me think that third book will be even better.

Note: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


7 Responses to “Review: I Am the Mission by Allen Zadoff”

  1. Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

    I had fun with Boy Nobody so I intend to read this one for another thrill. I didn’t find the first book perfect either and i’m sad to see this follows a very similar plot line but that isn’t enough to stop me. I can’t wait to see what happens at the end of this one!
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    • Stephanie

      Don’t worry – this one will give the thrills! They just weren’t QUITE as exciting as in the first one. I think the next book will be great, though.

    • Stephanie

      You know what was funny? The telling vs showing in a teenage assassin story reminded me of the ludicrous Dear Killer. Have you read that one? Needless to say, this book is much, much better, and at least Boy Nobody has the skills to back up all the praise.

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