A riveting, fast-paced thriller about a 16-year-old assassin from a secret agency. Ultra-short chapters. Character development is not neglected, even with minor characters. Exciting and well-done.
Tons of action, interesting characters, twists and turns that keep you glued to the pages. I really liked that this was written in the first person POV. I loved being inside the main characters head the whole time. It kept me completely engrossed. I think the author did a spectacular job with this book. So good in fact, that I actually had a hard time putting it down.
Super fast-paced, adrenaline-filled, action-packed story of a young assassin who goes from high school to high school (at least while he's young enough), fitting in while waiting to make a kill. This latest assignment brings up some actual emotions for him to deal with, and he's used to just ignoring or sublimating them. You'd think the folks who run "The Program" would realized that teenagers (aka them without fully developed frontal lobes) might have some problems with this kind of 'work'.
“Boy Nobody” is a spy thriller and a dark glimpse into the psyche of an unusual protagonist. As emotions surge forth and unfamiliar memories bubble to the surface, we find ourselves getting pulled into the mind and motivations of this character even when we shudder at his actions. It takes a skilled writer to manage that feat and Mr. Zadoff delivers. This is a book that makes for uneasy yet absorbing reading. As an exploration of the shady heart of national security, a role that requires espionage, infiltration and assassination, “Boy Nobody” takes us into perilous waters where it’s never clear who the bad guy is or who will come out alive. It could also serve as a cold-blooded primer on how to hit someone merely to wound or to kill, where to stand if you’re going to fight or how to take on multiple assailants or armed combatants. Of course, the average citizen isn’t likely to need such tactics or even use them successfully against trained professionals—but wouldn’t it be fun to know how? Fans of spy thrillers will really get a kick out of this novel. But anybody who craves depth and edginess in their characters will relish it, too.
My friend recommended it so i am going to give it a try
I worked my way through this book quickly. It is sparsely written, in keeping with the main character's situation - nothing extra, no feelings, "Just the facts". Although the premise is a little farfetched, it is well presented and keeps you guessing along with the narrator. Recommended.
I LOVED this book. Got some really good action with coolness. Its going to be a great
ride for you if you read this book.
"His name is always changing. He can't remember his past. Trained by the mysterious Program to be an undercover assassin, all he cares about is the mission. For this particular mission, his name is Ben, and his target is the mayor of New York. But when Ben meets the mayor's gorgeous daughter Sam, he suddenly finds himself questioning the Program and his own identity. The tension amps up at lightning speed in this high-octane page-turner bursting with thrilling action and awesome spy technology. If you like the Jason Bourne movies or Alex Rider books, you should definitely pick up Boy Nobody, but be prepared - it's only the 1st in a planned series." September 2013 Teen Scene newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=672506
This is a well-written suspense novel, but based upon the super-creepy premise of training a teenager to be a pscyopath. So many books in the YA category portray the heroine or hero (main character) as a sociopath or trained psychopath - - it is really disturbing. Maybe those articles which mirror the novel by Dean Koontz titled, "Relentless" should be perused quite closely? Five stars for the writing; one-half star for the premise of this book. (In the adult category we see the same thing with many of the novels by Thomas Perry, with the sociopathic killer more or less stumbles into it? And is heroically or sympathetically portrayed?)
Action packed, thriling, and FUN! I loved this book. There is a great deal of suspense, and it's really cool to see how Boy Nobody handled the tech. (His iPhone is wicked). There is also a great mystery and the ending was awesome and shocking. I totally recommend this book if you want something kickass and entertaining. There's also a great female character in Sam that will totally take you by surprise.
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