Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff
Release Date: June 11th, 2013
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Bought the Audiobook
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Boy Nobody #1
Voice Actor: John Salwin
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 long enough for someone in his new friend’s family to die — of “natural causes.” Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, and moves on to the next target.
When his own parents died of not-so-natural causes at the age of eleven, Boy Nobody found himself under the control of The Program, a shadowy government organization 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.
Talk about a punch in the mouth! This book is all action. Right from the very beginning, we see how cold and calculating the main character is, and I think that’s what makes this particular thriller/action YA book stand out from others. That, plus the main character is a boy. Based on this book and My Life, The Theater, and other Tragedies, I think Allen Zadoff really has a knack for writing boys in a way that any reader (girl or boy) can identify with but also stays true to a boy character – am I making any sense?
One of the most interesting parts about this book was how Zadoff managed to make the main character so unemotional and yet still likable. Usually I don’t like the tough character who does his/her own thing, but it worked so well for this book that I couldn’t help but be wrapped up in the action and root for him.
If you’re looking for a good book for young boys, this one is a definite go-to. Fans of The Maze Runner will enjoy it for sure.