Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I Am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff


I Am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date:  May 13, 2014
Date Read:  May 12, 2014

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 myself making dinner while holding this book with one hand.  That kind of thing rarely happens in my world but I sure do love it when it does.

This book is about a teenage assassin who can become a part of someone's world, eliminate his target, and then leave without anyone even suspects that a murder has even taken place.  He has been highly trained by The Program and works as a solo agent in the field.  His only communication is with "Father" and "Mother" who issue his assignments.  

He has a new assignment for which he will become Benjamin.  He will need to go to New York and become close to Sam.  His assignment is to kill Sam's dad and he has only 5 days to accomplish this task.  Sam's dad happens to be the mayor of New York City making this job more difficult.  

We know very little about Ben.  His real name is not used until the end of the book.  The circumstances that turned him into the killer he is in this book are shared with the reader in short flashbacks as the story progresses.  

I thought that this book was remarkably well written.  I always felt compelled to read just a bit more to find out what was going to happen next.  This book would probably work best for an older teen audience.  Obviously this book is about a teen assassin but it also has a few scenes with teenage drinking and an off stage sex scene.  

I would recommend this book to others.  It appears that this is the first book in a new series and I am looking forward to the next book already.  This was the first book that I have had a chance to read by Allen Zadoff but I plan to watch for this author in the future. 

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