I Am the Traitor by Allen Zadoff
Series: The Unknown Assassin #3
Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 9, 2015
Date Read: June 7, 2015
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Book #1: I Am the Weapon - My review
Book #2: I Am the Mission - My review
I was really hoping that this book would wrap the trilogy up in a spectacular fashion. Unfortunately, I felt like this conclusion was a bit predictable and not nearly as exciting as the first two installments. I did enjoy the story. There was tons of action as I have come to expect and all of the loose ends were actually tied up quite nicely. This book just seemed to be missing the something extra I was looking for.
This is the third book in the Unknown Assassin trilogy and I really think that readers will be lost if they have not read the first two installments prior to this book. This is a trilogy that is not based in reality and if I were to sit down and analyze everything that happens, I would quickly come to the conclusion that a lot of things that happen simply are not possible. That is what I love about fiction - all things become possible. This book is exciting in a way that spy movies are exciting. There is so much action that it is hard not to have some fun with it.
The problem with this book is that I went into the story expecting the unexpected. I know what Zach is capable of and am no longer as impressed by his almost super human skill set. Unfortunately, no new skills were revealed in this book. In addition, it has already been established that Zach is questioning the Program so his behavior in this book was really what I had expected with one exception, Tanya. It seemed a bit out of character that Zach would trust Tanya so quickly.
This is a YA novel and it definitely has that feel to it. There is quite a bit of violence but that is to be expected when the main character is a trained assassin. There is a fade to black sex scene as well. This book may be best for teens at the high school level.
The book was really fast paced with a lot of excitement. I really appreciate the fact that the story was wrapped up satisfactorily but I would have enjoyed a couple of surprises along the way. I think that readers of the trilogy will be pleased to have all of their questions answered. While this is my least favorite book in the trilogy, I still think that it is a strong ending. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fast paced, YA novels with a lot of action. I would recommend that this trilogy be read in order so readers will want to start with the first book, I Am the Weapon.
I received an advance reader edition of this book from Little Brown Books for Young Readers via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.