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Review: Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

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.

My Thoughts

What an action packed and interesting read. Really edgy with some really gripping ideas to keep you hooked throughout.

Boy nobody is a teenage spy. Picked up by a government organisation and brainwashed after the death of his parents and used to carry out hits on unsuspecting victims who don't seem to notice a new teenage boy enter their family home posing as a new friend of their son or daughter.

What I really liked about this book, besides from the fact it was fast paced and exciting was the thinking behind it. Lots of the ideas and morals thrown up throughout the course of the book really made me think about the story as a whole and the situation the young teenage character had been forced into whether he liked it or not. The ideas around government power and the way in which they use such power for a 'greater good' were so powerful. The particular mission this book is based around really lends itself to debating such ideas with yourself and I really enjoyed it for that.

A perfect read for boys in particular although girls will like it too ... I'm more thinking of those reluctant boy readers who need something good recommended and pushed into their hands. Well worth a look