Title: I Am the Mission
Author: Allen Zadoff
Genre: Young adult mystery
How I got the book: I bought it
Summary (from Amazon):
He was the perfect assassin. Boy Nobody: No name. No past. No remorse. At least until he began to ask questions and challenge his orders — until he fell in love with his target. Now The Program is worried that its valuable soldier has become a liability. Boy Nobody, haunted by the outcome of his last assignment, is given a new mission. A test of sorts. A chance to show his loyalty. His objective: Take out Eugene Moore, the owner of a military training and indoctrination camp for teenagers. One target. Limited time frame. Public place. It sounds simple, but a previous operative couldn’t do it. He lost the mission and is presumed dead. 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, or the truth. The riveting second book in The Unknown Assassin series by Allen Zadoff delivers heart-pounding action and thought-provoking characters, as well as a new, exotic setting; a new mission; and new secrets to be revealed.
My Review (may contain spoilers!):
This is the second book to The Unknown Assassin series. It is decently thick so I wasn’t able to read it in one day, but it was still hard to put down nonetheless.
We follow the same protagonist as the first book, but his name is Daniel now; as his name changes with a new identity for each mission.
After a fellow soldier from The Program fails his mission to kill Moore, the head of Camp Liberty which a military base for teenagers. Daniel is sent in to complete the mission–without entering Camp Liberty.
The only way to kill Moore is to get close to him. Daniel enters Camp Liberty and completes his mission in three days, but is cut off from The Program. Since he entered the camp, they believed him to have betrayed them.
Things get complicated for Daniel as he is cut off and realizes some things about The Program; not good things, either. He meets an old friend along the way and also meets another soldier just like him.
Maybe he even finds love along the way?
That was my only problem with the book. It ended more-or-less the same as the first book. In the first book Daniel falls in love with a girl. He finds out she’s the enemy and kills her. In this book Daniel falls in love with Moore’s daughter. In the end, his mission changes and he has to kill Moore’s two children. His daughter ends up killing herself before Daniel can.
Throughout this book Daniel kept thinking off and on about the girl in the previous book. I have a feeling he’ll be thinking about both girls in the next book.
I Am the Mission by Allen Zadoff gets 5 out of 5 stars.
“The difference between a hero and a villain is a very thin line.” –Allen Zadoff, I Am the Mission
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