Just as Boy Nobody changes identities with each mission, the series is changing identities as well. It will now be called THE UNKNOWN ASSASSIN in the U.S. Zadoff (Since You Left Me) switches gears and shines in this violent, entertaining twist on the teen spy novel. His unnamed year-old. HorseLover ‘Reading Boy Nobody made me think that I should probably try reading something a little different to my usual favourites from.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff. 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 onbody 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.

But when he’s assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change.

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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: 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.

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This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [spoilers!!!! Tracy C This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ Don’t you kind of like the ending though? Sam dying was a plot twist, I expected Boy Nobody to fall in love, confess and have the next book about them …more Don’t you kind of like the ending though?

Sam dying was a plot twist, I expected Boy Nobody to fall in love, confess and have the next book about them running away together. So I actually liked the ending, it kept me wanting to read what happens next. See all 4 questions about Boy Nobody…. Lists with This Book. In most schools teachers are tired, but not here. Here they are passionate. Hell, he probably started in the parking lot this morning. Jun 14, Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it really liked it Shelves: Generally, I have the attention span of a goldfish.

At any given time, I am vacillating between books, maybe more I lose interest easily Holy cow, this was a lot better than I expected.

It’s not a perfect book by any means, it was rather too political at some point for my liking. By political, I mean the subplot of Generally, I have the attention span of a goldfish.


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By political, I mean the subplot of international espionage and politicians, not that the book had a heavy political agenda in zacoff message although there were a few digs here or there towards Republicans and Apple employees. However, overall this was a very fast-paced, action-filled book with believable, complex teenage characters despite the plot which, to my dubious self, initially sounds like a deadlier version of The Mysterious Benedict Society.

The twists and turns are just unbelievable. The ending had my mouth hanging open, and the second half of the book was nonstop action. I was rarely bored, through the setup, even the weaker flashbacks, this book was absolutely engrossing.

The premise, I admit, is a little far-fetched. We do not know the character’s name. His identity changes from mission to mission, the details are always roughly the same.

The MC gets a mission and a “mark,” he befriends that mark’s child, and gets close enough to kill them. Only wllen this latest mission, there’s a problem: As I read this part of the summary, you zzdoff see my eyes slowly rolling into the back of my head. It’s always a goddamn alllen getting in the way. This girl better be worth it. I loved the writing style.

There is no purple prose here. The writing is short, succinct, to the point. It is pretty clear that the author is a male, unlike other books I’ve read in which the male character was written by a male author, I can completely buy the nlbody that our narrator is a year old adolescent. There is no Ethan Wates here; our protagonist is observant, but in a business-like manner. He zadooff body language, he notices suspicious characters, nobodj sees the relevant details, he has been trained to detect abnormalities and inconsistencies.

He doesn’t notice a girl’s wearing noboddy that doesn’t match her purse, none of that shit here. He is a trained killer and fighter and his way of thinking is absolutely consistent with his character. There are a thousand ways to die. When he was twelve years old, his parents were killed by the Program, and he became initiated into it. I could give it up forever and join my parents, or I could join The Program.

Twelve years old, and I had to make a choice between life and death.

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Ironically, it was what they were looking for. It showed them the level of character they were seeking, the list of personality characteristics appropriate to a potential zwdoff.

Allegiance without regard to consequence. They took my allegiance and transformed it into something that would serve them. He observes a new environment first, assesses aallen mark and like a skilled spy, selects the zaodff method and personality to adapt in order to infiltrate his target. We’re not meant to love himBen is a highly trained killer.

He has killed before, we watch him kill not even 10 pages into the book. He does so again and again, methodically, instinctively, but never maliciously or needlessly. He is a soldier, it is his job. Ben does the same with this situation, but the daughter of the new mark turns out to be someone unexpected. Ben is successful at getting close to the target Sam Samara is not a typically fluffy YA female heroine. She is beautiful, yes; she is smart, yes, booy she has suffered in her life with loss, and having been raised as the daughter of a very well-known politician.


Sam is no simpering miss; she knows bullshit and a sycophant when she sees one. Sam is a challenge, a tough girl. Maybe, but she is well-written in her complexity, and I zadogf myself loving her character.

Sam doesn’t buy the whole new-boy-falls-in-love act; she is not overly stubborn and bitchy, but she calls out bullshit when she sees it.

Sam has a healthy dose of skepticism: Express interest in a girl you just met. If you do it right, you can charm her, or at least pique her interest.

Ben and Sam clash, yet they see in each other a spark, something that draws them to each other. There is zasoff insta-love as Ben meets her and assesses how to best get close to her, and as she sees Ben and gets the impression that he is smart-ass bystander lacking in nobodj.

Yet, as they fight, the sparks fly, and they are drawn to each other on a deeper level than that of initial attraction. Their relationship is complex, they’re not the core of each others’ world, and that’s just fine.

It’s a realistic portrayal of a teenage relationship where friends and others are involved, and the two people are not the center of each others’ universe, despite their overall attraction. zaddoff

Besides the fact that Ben has a mission to kill her father, that is. The other characters in the book are well-done. The teenagers in the book feel authentic.

There’s drinking, there’s sex, there’s teenage mating behavior, but it is never outrageous, never done for the sake of portraying a typical teen stereotype and always feels accurate. The school environment takes place in an exclusive New York private school, and it is well-done. The teenagers are studious, and above all, fiercely intelligent; they debate, they are well-prepared for the cutthroat competition as is typical in a college prep school and I love that the author does not dumb it down and lump the teens in this book into a mass of illiterate, unthinking, uncaring clods.

The action is so well-done, I am never lost. There were some weak points, like the flashbacks and one particular plot hole about his past that never got entirely resolved.

I didn’t like the subplot outside of the mission, it was a little too close to a few recent episodes of NCIS for my liking.

I hope there will be a sequel, because I am highly interested in finding out more about what happened in “Ben’s” past.

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