Sunday, September 28, 2014

ARC Review: The Hit (The Unknown Asassin #1)

The Hit (The Unknown Assassin #1) by Allen Zadoff

Publisher: Orchard Books, 2013
352 pages, kindle edition
Source: Netgalley

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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 few friends and doesn't stay long. just enough for someone in his new friends family to die -- of "natural causes." Missions accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, and moves on to the next target.

When his own parents dies of not-so-natural causes at the age of eleven, Boy nobody found himself under the control of The Program, a shadowy government organisation that uses brainwashed kids as counter-espionage operatives. But somewhere, deep inside Boy Nobody, is somebody: the boy he once was, the boy who wants normal things (like a real home, his parents back), a boy who wants out. And he just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's next mission.

My Review:
Zach is no ordinary teenager, he is a hit-man. He is trained to infiltrate teenager's lives, kill someone close to them and disappear without a trace. He has been doing this for 2 years now and she starts to wonder when all of this will end.

Amidst his latest mission things do not quite go the way they are meant to go. He only has 5 days to complete the kill, there are people following him and there is this girl who complicates everything.
We get to follow this boy on his latest mission and once in a while we get these flashbacks to see how he came to be this boy. It has a certain dark edge on it all.

This boy's tale is very interesting. There were moments I really felt for him. Because of his work he never gets to make real friends, never getting emotionally involved and every move he makes is a calculated one. This all seems very exhausting to me, but he doesn't have a choice.

The setup of this story is very unique and refreshing. Therefor there were a lot of surprising twists in the story. You were constantly questioning everything and everyone. I never really knew what to expect and the ending definitely took me by surprise.

Allen Zadoff has created a fascinating character. Because of his job, you never get to know the real Zach, a couple of glimpses at max. Which of course is the point as he is boy nobody. He becomes whomever he needs to be. There is going to be two more books and I will certainly be reading those as well. I just want to know more about this boy and his missions are interesting to read about. Some find the missions a bit too political, but to me that just adds depth to the story and I like the intrigue.

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