(Previous Title: Boy Nobody)
Author: Allen Zadoff
- (Almost) fell into clichés. The beginning of this book followed all the clichés that I expected it to. Ben (Boy Nobody) is used to slipping into a new school and gaining the trust of his target quickly so that he can kill someone close to that target. When Ben is assigned to kill the mayor’s daughter, he starts to feel conflicted. He’s not used to having any feelings at all about his targets, but Sam is different somehow. Yep, there’s the cliché. Of course, Sam, who never falls for anyone, also seems to fall for Ben. There’s a tiny bit of a love triangle thrown in, but not really since there’s never any question of who Ben is interested in (and everyone, including the “other” girl, knows it). It leaned toward instalove, and I especially wasn’t sure why Sam was interested in Ben so quickly. Until it all made sense. And Zadoff did something unthinkable and broke through all those clichés …
- Ben. Ben was a true antihero. The more I learned about how he found himself in The Program, the more I felt sorry for him, but he was still a cold blooded killer. That was proven right from the very beginning of the book. Regardless of how Ben had found himself in his situation, he had embraced it. He was a trained assassin who did his job well. When Ben started to question his life, I couldn’t help but feel for him. I wanted him to break free from the mysterious Program, but I knew it wouldn’t be simple.
- The Program. It was fascinating to learn the secrets of The Program as the book went on. We got an idea of how Ben had ended up in The Program and some of what they were all about, but there are still plenty more mysteries for future books. I can’t wait to learn more!!
- The action. This book was a high action spy thriller. There were plenty of suspenseful scenes where Ben had to get himself out of trouble – his current assignment turns out to be far more complicated than he’s used to! From the very first scene of the book, it captured my attention and didn’t let it go!
- The twists. As I’ve already said, this book broke through the stereotypes in a MAJOR way. I honestly couldn’t believe what eventually happened. I don’t want to say anything else, but suffice it to say I was shocked and appalled and thrilled all at the same time!