August 25, 2014

Review: I Am the Mission (The Unknown Assassin #2) by Allen Zadoff


He was the perfect assassin. No name. No past. No remorse. Perfect, that is, until he began to ask questions and challenge his orders. Now The Program is worried that their valuable soldier has become a liability. 

And so Boy Nobody is given a new mission. A test of sorts. A chance to prove his loyalty.

His objective: Take out Eugene Moore, the owner of an extremist military training camp for teenagers. It sounds like a simple task, but a previous operative couldn’t do it. He lost the mission and is presumed dead. Now Boy Nobody is confident he can finish the job. Quickly.

But when things go awry, Boy Nobody finds himself lost in a mission where nothing is as it seems: not The Program, his allegiances, nor the truth. 

The riveting second book in Allen Zadoff’s Boy Nobody series delivers heart-pounding action and a shocking new twist that makes Boy Nobody question everything he has believed.

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 I Am the Mission (The Unknown Assassin #2)
by Allen Zadoff 
Publication Date:  June 17, 2014
Publisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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Gabby-2013When I read Boy Nobody by author Allen Zadoff I was looking forward to finding out what would happen next to the novel’s protagonist Boy Nobody. It was one of the first espionage-type novels that I had read and I absolutely loved the novel. Everything from the character to the setting—loved all of it. So when I got to read The Lost Mission I jumped at the chance. What I expected was an awesome read. What I didn’t expect was how blown away I would be by it.

 In The Lost Mission, Boy Nobody is recovering from his previous mission and the heavy impact it has taken on him. Then he’s approached by Mother and Father with a new mission. One that was lost when the agent working on it was seemingly killed. Soon Boy Nobody is thrown into a whole new mission, one that is far more dangerous than he even knows. All he has to do is enter Camp Liberty, a military camp for teenagers, and kill their leader, Eugene Moore. But what once seemed like a simple mission soon becomes something much larger than that. Suddenly Boy Nobody begins to question just what the Program really is and their influence over him, leading to unanticipated revelations and decisions that will change everything.

  The Lost Mission wasn’t at all what I expected it to be. The premise made me a bit iffy but I was surprised by how well-executed the plot was. The novel does begin with a somewhat slow pace but picks right up about a third of the way in. From then on the story is nothing but plot twists and unexpected discoveries. Talk about awesome.

What I probably loved most about The Lost Mission is the character development. I find that watching how a character grows throughout a series is one of the most enjoyable experiences. The Lost Mission is filled with that. We watch as Boy Nobody evolves from being a character who is nothing more than a weapon being told who to kill and turned into a character who questions his role and considers breaking that mold (and whether he does or not… well you’ll have to find out).

 There was some repetitiveness in the story in terms of the romantic element (if it can even be called that). Whenever Boy Nobody is approached by a female character who shows romantic interest in him it does feel nothing more than forced and unnecessary. I personally dislike when female characters—and especially strong females—are turned into nothing more than sex objects in the presence of the male lead.

 The writing in The Lost Mission does keep up with the novel’s pacing. Zadoff’s writing compels readers to keep on flipping pages and find out what happens next. Their writing style is a very unique one and gives just the right amount of detailing where it’s required and continues with the simplistic, smooth writing everywhere else. It’s hard not to get caught-up entirely in these novels.

Honestly, with the way that The Lost Mission turned out and with its ending I am so excited to find out what happens next in Boy Nobody’s story. Any readers who got to check out the first book need to read this one. They definitely won’t regret it. The plot and the plot twists are more than enough to keep you interested and coming back for more.

I would recommend the Boy Nobody novels to readers who are looking for a novel that is all about espionage and action. Any readers who are looking for a novel that is an action-packed thriller and any readers who want a novel that is all about kicking some major ass should give the series a read.

You can check out our review of book 1 here:




Allen Zadoff is the author of the new thriller series, Boy Nobody. His YA novel, Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have won the Sid Fleischman Humor Award and was a YALSA selection for Most Popular Paperbacks of 2012. His second novel was My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies, the story of a techie hiding from life after a family tragedy. His third novel Since You Left Me is set in Los Angeles and tells the story of a religious school student who doesn’t believe. He also wrote the memoir for adults,Hungry:Lessons Learned on the Journey from Fat to Thin.

Allen is a graduate of Cornell University and the Harvard University Institute for Advanced Theatre Training. Visit him on the web at



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