Book Review: Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

July 9, 2013 at 6:33 pm Leave a comment

“I do not kill for sport, only when necessary.
I quickly assess my options.
It is necessary.”

Taken in by The Program after his father is killed, Boy Nobody has become an assassin himself, recruited and trained by the same organization responsible for his father’s death. He’s been turned into a chameleon, capable of being anyone if it gets the job done. And he always gets the job done. But this time, he’s not so sure he’s on the right mission or if The Program has gotten it wrong. Will he choose loyalty to the only life he knows, or turn his back on The Program?

My review: This thrilling summer read was faster than fast-paced, with an intriguing backstory for Boy Nobody, some cool high-tech tricks by The Program, and an ending that surprised me. Boy Nobody is a great character. He’s got an assignment, he’s got a protocol to follow, and he’s a complete professional. And of course, nothing’s better than watching someone like that suddenly have reason to doubt his mission. Check out Boy Nobody if you like spy fiction, moral ambiguity, or just want an adrenaline-filled read.

Reviewed by:
Katie Clark, Teen Librarian

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