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I Am the Weapon

(The Unknown Assassin #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  7,255 ratings  ·  1,292 reviews
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 to die -- of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, B
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Taxandria Good going, Meghan. Just writing "spoilers!!!!" isn't enough to HIDE the spoilers you ninny. You just ruined the book for me. Geez. You could have all…moreGood going, Meghan. Just writing "spoilers!!!!" isn't enough to HIDE the spoilers you ninny. You just ruined the book for me. Geez. You could have alluded to the ending. (less)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Generally, I have the attention span of a goldfish. At any given time, I am vacillating between 3-6 books, maybe more...depending on how unfortunate my reading choices happen to be at the moment. I lose interest easily...which says something about this book that I sat down, opened it, and read it through in one sitting. 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
☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
In most schools teachers are tired, but not here. Here they are passionate.
This teacher enters the room in midlecture, as if he can’t wait to begin, so much so that he started his lecture in the hall outside class. Hell, he probably started in the parking lot this morning.
J’accélère le pas et je sens le vent souffler dans mes cheveux. J’inspire et j’absorbe le mouvement de la ville, du monde, l’incessant tourbillon.
L’♥ fait d’une maison un foyer (c)
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Actual rating : 3.5 stars More I think about it, more I realize that this story deserves its full 4 stars.

Goal : Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to review this book in such a way that readers can be interested to join The Program without revealing them too much classified information.

Agents : Please read enclosed file on Project I am a weapon thoroughly. Parts of the file are encrypted, please only use code spoilerTAG to unlock the contents exclusively after reading
Sԋҽʅʅყ ƚԋҽ Wҽιɾԃ αɳԃ Wαɳԃҽɾιɳɠ Wαɾɾισɾ
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sԋҽʅʅყ ƚԋҽ Wҽιɾԃ αɳԃ Wαɳԃҽɾιɳɠ Wαɾɾισɾ by: Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
This was really good!

I live in a video game, and these people live in the world.

Ben is a highly trained assassin who works for a super-secret group called The Program. He neutralizes terrorists and traitors. His next assignment involves the mayor of New York City and his daughter.

This book was great! It was very easy to read and became hard to put down by the end. It's written in a choppy manner, almost as if the main character is constantly filing a report or dictating his actions. He's constan
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars
Here’s a fair warning for you guys: don’t start reading Boy Nobody just before bedtime, especially if you have something important to do the next day. It will not end well, learn from my mistake. I thought I’d just read a few chapters and go to sleep, but somehow I ended up with a can of Red Bull at three in the morning, desperate to keep myself awake long enough to finish that last part.

Zadoff was very careful not to reveal our protagonist’s name for most of the book, giving him an al
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

Buddy read with the amazing Anna

Eventually people stop looking at me, stop meeting my eye.
There is nothing to meet.
There is nobody here.

So here's the thing-I've found out a lot about myself recently. 1. I like flawed heroes more than I do any other kind of hero. 2. I enjoy fucked up scenarios in which the main character might or might not be a serial killer or any other type of cool thing like that (Most recently an assassin (obviously ^^^)). 3. I love male main characters or POVs, if d
Ash Wednesday
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of The Bourne Identity and Assassin-y Things
Asking questions is not what I do. I’m given an assignment, and I carry it out.

Right now, there are at least 2 or 3 books in my TBR shelf roughly with the same premise as this one. Probably five if I estimate on the side of indulgence and include high fantasy assassin stories. It’s my kryptonite.

Oh fine, it’s one among my many kryptonites. But the cold-blooded killers, honed as a weapon by a covert organization and implanted to assimilate into normal society with a mission to kill
Faye, la Patata
Read this and my other reviews at The Social Potato!

Boy Nobody took me by surprise. I saw this yesterday at the bookstore and decided to buy it, but I didn't expect to be absolutely intrigued and to finish it all in one sitting. Imagine, it took me only less than three hours to devour all of it. It even has that kind of prose that I usually hate, but this one made it work in a stunning, exceptional way. I couldn't help but turn page after page, eager to know more about our main character and
I do not need these things, only the lesson they have taught me. What is the lesson?
"Are you okay, Ben?"
What is the lesson? Survive. No matter what happens to you, no matter the circumstances, no matter what life tosses at you - the losses, the pain. You must survive.
"I'm fine."

Boy Nobody was so much fun. I read this book basically in one sitting, and while it wasn't exactly what I expected it to be, it was a bit like those exciting and borderline trashy action movies that we all secretly lo
Maria Kaye
**4.5 badass assassin stars!!**

Where to begin? This has got to be my favorite assassin book based in modern times. The author did an amazing job at creating the male lead. I won't reveal his real name in this review since you don't find it out until later on so I'll call him by his cover-story name -- Ben. Benji. Benjamin! Ben is part of The Program. They're an organization tasked with protecting the country against those who threaten the satefy of it.

He is the new kid in school, the one few no
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Rating, 4 stars, for our teenage hitman.

One thing is sure..... there wasn't a boring moment in this book. The writing style ... short sentences, first person POV, the detached way of thinking of the protagonist, the mysterious Program, made this a thrilling ride.

"Two punches on the arm. A way of asserting dominance.
Dominance is a threat. It must be dealt with.
I run a checklist in my mind:
I can let him punch me. Choose a lower status.
I can retaliate in equal measure, with equal force.
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Boy Nobody, the start of a YA thriller series is here from Little Brown. The name is changing for the paperback in the U.S. It's called I AM THE WEAPON and it's coming May 2014. Book 2 will be called I AM THE MISSION, and it will be released on June 17, 2014. Thanks for reading and reviewing!
♥♡¢σσкιє♥♡ (Krystle)
You can read this review and more on my blog:
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I haven’t read a book like this in a long time. I mostly read romance centered YA, in various genres, but this--this was something different. There were romantic elements, but it was all apart of a much bigger mystery, and I have to admit, I liked it.

Our main character is Boy Nobody. He
Experiment BL626
I was dazzled. Dazzled!

+ the hero

The book was told exclusively in 1st person POV from the hero’s POV, and I loved it because watching Ben’s mind calculate as he gauged people and situations thrilled me. Ben was believable as an assassin without a trace of doubt! He was competent. He was collected. He was peerlessly cool. When unpredicted hurdles arose and things went out of control, he adjusted to the situations and moved towards his goals. Despite the great potential for Stockholm Syndrome and
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2014-reads
Wow. It's easy to see how this book was selected as a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers in 2014. If this book doesn't hold your interest, I think you may have made up your mind before cracking the cover...but even the cover is awesome!

This book is full of action and great characters. The protagonist has learned the mentality of "carry out the mission, no matter the consequences," and this makes him somewhat hard to love and nearly impossible to hate. The other characters are var
♥♡¢σσкιє♥♡ (Krystle)
You can read this review and more on my blog:
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I haven’t read a book like this in a long time. I mostly read romance centered YA, in various genres, but this--this was something different. There were romantic elements, but it was all apart of a much bigger mystery, and I have to admit, I liked it.

Our main character is Boy Nobody. He
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first found out about this book under the name "Boy Nobody" (I also love the cover for that edition, but that is beside the point here), the fact is.. this was a lovely surprise.

I like stories that are not what I think they are supposed to be. I like characters that evolve (not necessarily the main character, or not only) and I like to get to the last page in a book and feel the sudden need to read the next book... A.S.A.P.

I read this book on a train that seemed to take FOREVER to get me home,
Amy (Other Amy)
If an autopsy is done, it will show nothing at all.
Natural causes.
That's my specialty. People die around me, but it never seems like my fault. It seems like bad luck following good.
Good luck: You meet a great new friend at school.
Bad luck: A tragedy befalls your family.
The two don't ever seem connected, but they are.

I picked this up to fulfill a challenge requirement, but I didn't have high hopes for a YA book in the assassin genre, especially based on the GR description, which makes it sound li
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
For a full and edited review go to Blame it on the Books

“Sam is the mark, the mayor of New York is the target, and five days is my timeline. That is my new assignment.”

This book made me feel like a Weapon, it was so intense I can’t think of a single word that describes it. I’m not a huge fan of thrillers and it takes me 3 tries to watch any of the Bourne movies but the blurb for this looked interesting and I gave it a try.

Unlike most thrillers this doesn’t have insane killing

“Death is a tool
Shaz Goodwin
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chapter One introduces us to Boy Nobody. He has experience of the Fortune 500 circles and we know he is an experienced assassin by the fact that he knows he needs 15 seconds in total – 6 to lay his victim down, 5 to put away his innocuous equipment and 4 to let the chemical reaction to run its course.

He’s trained to listen to his intuition, notice the small changes in his environment and predict outcomes. He never knows why he’s been given an assignment but it’s all connected to what lies beneat
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Overall a good book for fans of spy thrillers. I was a little disappointed by the ending (no spoilers, but it was kinda sad), but other than that, I enjoyed Boy Nobody and recommend.
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Full review originally over at Fantasy Book Critic

Overall rating = 4 & 1/2 Stars

ANALYSIS: Boy Nobody came on to my radar courtesy of Maja over at The Nocturnal Library. It was her scintillating review that got me to buy this book straight away and I dove in to it with very high expectations. The book’s blurb details a story about a boy assassin who transforms himself every time for a mission and is now trying to figure out what happened to him in the past. This was an interesting take on the
A young boy’s family is murdered and his best friend assures that he is taken in by a secret organization known as the Program. Trained and brainwashed into becoming the perfect, emotionless “soldier” who performs secret assassinations he becomes a nearly perfect killing machine in the tradition of a teenaged Jason Bourne. The Program has trained this young man to fore go emotion in favor of highly honed senses, combat skills and intelligence, which serve him well until he receives his latest mi ...more
For me an okay read…for someone else it could be just what they desire…

Book Title: I Am The Weapon
Author: Allen Zadoff
Narration: John Salwin
Series: The Unknown Assassin
Genre: Thriller, YA
Source: Audiobook (Library)

I Am Machine by Three Days Grace --Boy nobody is kind of a machine, but maybe he's developing some feelings along the way.♫

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

Plot:. 3.7/5
Characters: 3/5
The Feels: 3/5
Addictiveness: 3/5
Theme: 4/5
Flow: 4/5
Backdrop (World Building): 3/5
Originality: 3.5/5
Book Cover: 4/5
5 stars.

My full review and our out our dreamcast, favorite quotes, and more on Swoony Boys Podcast .

I put Boy Nobody on my TBR list back in December after reading the summary and thinking it sounded exciting, but not really something I was dying to get my hands on. I was so, so wrong. I am so thankful that we were asked to participate in the tour for this book, otherwise I might have put off reading and would have missed out on what is one of my favorite books, ever.

The story starts off with
Morgan E
I received this from Netgalley for my honest review. Pulisher: Hachette Childern's Books

Actual rating 3.5 stars
First I want to start by saying how much I love the new cover art.

Although, the old cover was good and the name was equally good, why did they change it? We may never know but I like it anyway:) On to the review....

I liked this story. It was fast paced and the writing and story flowed well. It had me on the edge of my seat throughout most of the reading! I liked the authors writing sty
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

4.5 Stars

Do you know how sometimes a book you are reading just sucks you in and you have to know what happens next? That book that you can not seem to be able to put down even though you have lots of other things that need to be done? This book was that kind of book for me. I literally found
Sandi Layne
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ya
Surprising, fascinating, and I will have to read it again.

Detailed review to follow, but let me just say that if this is a series, as intimated in the Author Note? I'm following. Because assassins operating under a compulsion are dangerous.

* * * * *

Allen Zadoff has created a fascinating protagonist in Boy Nobody. Going against convention, we don’t get an immediate “image” of the first person narrator. He is meant to be anonymous in almost every regard. He eventually names himself as Ben
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, recommends
Boy Nobody is a truly gripping read - it was so engrossing I very nearly missed my train stop.

It's intense, but a slow build of tension that has you hooked before you even know it. There's so many twists and turns in this that you don't see coming, that don't really follow the traditional script of YA novels.

That said, younger teens should probably steer clear. Well, I say that, it depends entirely on what said young teens are already reading. But, it does contain a couple of "off screen" sex s
Liza Wiemer
Boy Nobody is really somebody quite EXTRAORDINARY!

This has become one of my most favorite series! Absolutely get your hands on it! Boy Nobody is a fast-paced, heart-pounding thriller YA novel, which reminds me of Matt Damon and the Bourne Identity. Fascinating, fabulous characters and NYC setting. Lots of intrigue, twists, turns and who did it? Who is the real boy nobody? Assassin, orphan, friend or foe? Ohhhh, did I get sucked in and totally entranced in the storyline and characters. Even got m
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Allen Zadoff is the author of the new middle grade action thriller Wild & Chance. The second book in the series Wild & Chance: The Puppy War is coming in 2021 from LBYR. His previous series The Unknown Assassin earned starred reviews and is being developed as a feature film by Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment.

Allen is a graduate of Cornell University and the Harvard University Institute for A

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