I am the Traitor – Allen Zadoff

Synopsis

In the third and final installment in the Unknown Assassin trilogy, Boy Nobody is on the run from The Program and uncovers a secret about his past that forces him to decide where his loyalties lie.

The Program has sent Boy Nobody on countless missions, instructed to kill whichever target he was given. But now, after going rogue, he is on his own mission to rescue his friend Howard who was captured by The Program. Boy Nobody manages to free Howard as well as Tanya, a mysterious girl who was being held with him. Howard and Tanya help Boy Nobody collect information about his father, eventually revealing a dangerous secret that teaches Boy Nobody a valuable lesson — he can’t trust anyone.

Allen Zadoff packs the third book of the Unknown Assassin series with even more action, higher stakes, and mind-blowing reveals that will leave readers riveted.

Review

This was a not-quite-satisfying end to a very worthy series. I feel like after all this time, things got a little… predictable. Most of the big reveals happened in the SECOND BOOK (right? A bridge book is the most important book? Unheard of!), of all places. By now, it is evident who is on Zach’s side, and who can’t be trusted.

Zach is a smart and utterly suave mini-James Bond. He is like the everyday hero that we all hope for. The thing is, he doesn’t really have a noble cause. By the end of it all, I can’t help but wonder: what was the point? There was truth to the sentiment that Zach was selfish and careless. A most dangerous combination, considering his training. Where do they GO from here? What is the purpose any longer? I think it was far too brash to discard “threats” without truly understanding the scope of this program (since, well, no one does). Without those sources of information, he’s exposed himself to even greater danger. Nevermind what the rest of the world supposedly thinks of him now. Also, there is no true promise of reform. How do we know that Zach will be able to do “the right thing,” and that his predecessors could not?

I’m glad that we got some background understanding to the neurosurpressors and the motives behind their existence. I still enjoyed Zach’s interactions with the latest femme-fatale flavour of the week, even though it’s become expected. I’m also glad we got some closure on some of Zach’s past demons, even if they didn’t quite work out in his favour. This was a story that deserved to be seen through to its end, even though it was ultimately a little too predictable for my liking. Still, Zadoff’s writing is as confident as ever, the story was simple but thoughtful, and a couple of the characters are some that I’ve come to love.

Related Reading

  • Boy Nobody – Allen Zadoff (and “I am the Mission,” too, obviously)
  • Gallagher Girls series – Ally Carter
  • Also Known As – Robin Benway
  • Graduation Day – Joelle Charbonneau

Rating: 4/5 

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