Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Review: Boy Nobody

Boy Nobody (Boy Nobody #1)
 They needed the perfect assassin.

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 a 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, moving on to the next target. 

But when he's assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. The daughter is unlike anyone he has encountered before; the mayor reminds him of his father. And when memories and questions surface, his handlers at The Program are watching. Because somewhere deep inside, Boy Nobody is somebody: the kid he once was; the teen who wants normal things, like a real home and parents; a young man who wants out. And who just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's mission.

In this action-packed series debut, author Allen Zadoff pens a page-turning thriller that is as thought-provoking as it is gripping, introducing an utterly original and unforgettable antihero.

SOURCE: Publisher for an honest review (Thanks Hachette!) 

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My Thoughts:

I haven't read an action book from a male's point of view for quite some time. After the heartbreaking ending of the Alex Rider series I guess I was a little wary of picking up a book like it but I picked up Boy Nobody thinking that it would help me get into this genre again plus the summary sparked my interest.

Unfortunately Boy Nobody was a HUGE disappointment.It did have action and the story was engaging but the characters were flat and I wasn't a fan of the main character.He was a robot and I just couldn't relate to him.I understand why he is the way he is but it just made it very hard for me to like the book. 

I'm sure I could have gotten over not connecting to the main character but I couldn't connect to ANY of the characters because I was suspicious of all of them. None of them seemed genuine and the whole system in which the main character worked just creeped me out A LOT.

The tone of the book was also very depressing and monotonous. I just wanted the book to be over so that I could mark it as read. 

The good thing about this book is the fact that it's unpredictable and the twist is pretty great.

Another thing that surprised me is the fact that I didn't DNF this book. I usually don't even try finishing books when they don't hold my interest so the fact that it managed to hold my interest long enough for me to finish is an achievement as well.

Maybe the problem is just with me but I just didn't care about the characters so even when the amazing twist was revealed I was like "EH! I don't care if anyone dies. Actually it would be pretty cool if the main  character died and then the sequel could be from the villains point of view" 

Overall , I would recommend people to read the Alex Rider series or the CHERUB series and leave this one be but if you really need a new action fix pick this one up from the library.

My Rating :
2 /5

Just didn't feel it


  1. I've seen this book around and I was really interested cause the main character is a boy. I've been reading about girls all the time so I need some change. I hate it when characters aren't developed and that can really ruin the story. Too bad as this book seemed really interesting! Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. I really like my characters to be fleshed-out and need to connect with them or at least understand what drives them. Sorry this one let you down, the premises sounded good.

  3. Aww, it's a shame this one didn't work out for you! It sounds so promising and I've read quite a few good reviews of it, but I really need connection with my characters too, so I'll probably skip this one after all. Thanks for the honest and helpful review! :)

  4. Aw, no! This one sounded so fun. But flat characters and a monotonous tone doesn't sound appealing at all, I'm sorry you were disappointed by it. Hope your next read is better!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  5. Sorry you weren't feeling this one, I have been in the air about it.

  6. So sorry you weren't able to enjoy Boy Nobody as much as you hoped. I've seen some great reviews around so far, but it's nice to also get an alternative opinion. I hope you next read is a lot more enjoyable! :)

  7. Oh, no! I'm sorry you didn't like this! I finished it in one sitting and thought it was very exciting. But what can you do, you can't win them all. :)
    Great review, though, I totally see your points.

  8. I had a feeling I might not like this either but I kept the copy I got at BEA, I'm interested to see if I feel the same way as you!


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