Previously published under the title Boy Nobody
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 a 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". Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target.
But when he's assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. 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: the kid he once was; the teen who wants normal things, like a real home and parents; a young man who wants out. 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.
This is sort of interesting despite being highly improbable. Like Orphan X, Ben is taken at 12 and trained in super-spy techniques, then by 16 is sent out on assassination missions. The difference between the orphans is that Ben must make phony relationships to get close to his target before the kill. Ben has moved many times and gotten "in" at many schools. Orphan X's distance kills seem more believable than Ben's instant relationships.
In this tale, he has 5 days to kill the mayor of New York. To do so he befriends the mayor's daughter at his new school. On day 2 of this assignment, after attending a teen party at the mayor's home, she says, "I'm beginning to have feelings for you....Do you have feelings for me?" Yes, I know all about Romeo and Juliet and I myself (believe it or not) have had fast teen romances, but still. He should have answered her, "Gee, Samara, I dunno, we just met yesterday, and I need to kill your father."
The reveals at the end alleviate some of the hard-to-swallow-ness, but the whole setup just takes a lot of belief suspension to get through. I will still give the next volume a chance since Ben is starting to do some thinking, and he has made a real friend here along the way.
The narration makes the book sound more amateurish, but by the end you get used to it, so it ends up interesting.
I loved this book the story is amazing and so is the narrator! Must buy
1 of 2 people found this review helpful