- Paperback: 352 pages
- Age Range: 6 - 11 years
- Publisher: Orchard Books (23 May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408327600
- ISBN-13: 978-1408327609
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.5 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Boy Nobody Paperback – 23 May 2013
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A fast-paced thriller following the adventures of a brainwashed teen assassin. (Children's Bookseller)
'Zadoff shines in this entertaining twist on the teen spy novel...hard-edged narration and twists will keep readers riveted.' (Publisher's Weekly (STARRED review))
A tense and exciting story with a strong cast. (Publishers Weekly)
The plot speeds along seamlessly with plenty of action and drama, and hairpin turns will keep readers guessing; a twist in the end will have them begging for more. Fast, furious and fun! (Kirkus Reviews)
Unresolved mysteries and an open-ended conclusion make this a promising start to an exciting new series. (School Library Journal)
Fast-paced with plenty of twists and turns and tension which hold the reader's focus until the end. (Peters Gazette)
A thought-provoking psychological study of control and freedom. Its laconic, staccato style adds considerably to its merits. (Irish Times)
Melds Jason Bourne with the best of James Bond... a gripping thriller. (Flipside)
Not just another a boy-assassin novel... Zadoff favours short, choppy sentences, which create a tough-private-detective edginess - and are also a boon for less able readers. (Jewish Chronicle)
A brilliant, fast paced thriller. Clever and well-written, this is a thought-provoking and exciting page-turner. (Booktrust)
Boy Nobody is a page-turning, thought-provoking, complex thriller with an unforgettable anti-hero. A memorable read for young adults. (Carousel)
He Is Nothing.
The Mission Is Everything.
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The narration has a breathless quality, being first person present tense and quite spare in style. There are no superfluous descriptions. There is nothing flowery or ornate about the writing. It's just matter of fact, precise, cool - which gels perfectly with the character of a trained assassin. Interestingly, although there is a certain coolness and distance to the voice, it's easy to engage with him and root for him.
Boy Nobody is a teen assassin, working for a shadowy agency. Through the course of the novel, via flashbacks, we learn something of his past: his appointment, his training, but there is still clearly a lot we don't know about him (perhaps in future books we'll learn more?). The novel introduces us to his life and submerses us into the experience of a particular engagement. The more I learnt of his background, the more he had my sympathy, despite his morally questionable way of life. The novel makes clear that, for all the black and white thinking - and lack of questioning - he's trained for, life is all about the greys and I think the novel would make a great class reader for some interesting debates on morality and responsibility.
That said, it's first and foremost a great read, and teens will enjoy it. Although it's about the life of an assassin, it isn't gory and it does prompt moral debate, so I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to teens of all ages.
The story of a teenage assassin was always going to draw me in, hitmen are great fun when it comes gaming, film and now books but this one is a little younger than most and far harder than you'd expect from a teenage boy. Think Bourne but with a coldness until the book opens up and Boy Nobody finds himself viewing his victims not as targets but as friends.
Of course things never run smoothly in stories like this, Boy Nobody has a job and that job must come before anything else... even love.
It's a truly interesting read and a page turner through and through. So glad that there was a sampler, I may have missed out on Boy Nobody otherwise. Great stuff, well worth the time!
Explosive and engaging. Boy Nobody rocks!
'Ben' transfers to high schools across America regularly, makes friends easily but is also a highly trained assassin working for The Programme. Having achieved his mission he fades into the background and awaits his next assignment...
The main part of the book takes place in New York which provides an almost filmic backdrop.
It's a well written and well paced novel. I think reluctant readers will like the short chapters, and the unfurling of 'Bens' backstory makes the reader uncomfortable but questioning at the same time. The ending gives you no doubt that this is the first in a series. An assassin might be an unlikely character to sustain but it certainly makes for an interesting story line. I particularly liked the sections that dealt with the nuts and bolts of getting a new life in a new town and how 'Ben' communicates with The Programme.
My only small criticism is that the title of each chapter is also the first line too, I often forgot this and missed a salient point, but got used to it eventually.
"Ben" is an intriguing character, recruited into the "Program" at an early age, he is now 16 and beginning to have doubts about the wisdom of absolute obedience to his handlers, "Mom" and "Dad". He is likeable despite/or maybe because of his obvious flaws. I have a feeling the upcoming movie adaptation will be a blockbuster and deservedly so.
With short snappy chapters, Boy Nobody, will appeal to both male and female fans of the YA thriller genre. There a few sexual references which might make it more suitable for 13+ but nothing overly overt. He's a 16 year old, not a saint!
Although there is a proper conclusion, the stage looks set for a series about Boy Nobody, welcome news for parents of reluctant readers. Highly recommended.
- Boy Nobody had me hooked throughout the whole book.
- I liked how Zadoff flicked back and forth, going through some of Boy Nobody's memories.
- This is a very action packed book.
- Boy Nobody's character is one which I found myself really liking despite his 'crimes'
After reading the blurb for Boy Nobody I couldn't wait to start reading it, I was really in the mood for a book which could have me hooked throughout the whole book. Boy Nobody most definitely did have me hooked from the first page right until the last page.
Boy Nobody is written in such a unique, interacting way which really made me feel involved in the story and like I was actually there. I really enjoyed how Zadoff flicked back and forth between the past and present; it gave an insight into Boy Nobody's life and helped me understand his feelings and actions.
The storyline is one which literally has action from the first till the last page, there was never a right time to put Boy Nobody down and had to force myself to when I had something to do.
My favourite thing about how Zadoff has written Boy Nobody's character is that he really is his own person. I never felt like Zadoff tried to make him a character which he wasn't, I can imagine that as this book was written Boy Nobody's character just took over as his character is so powerful. I found myself warming to him more and more throughout the book and despite his faults and the crimes he commits I really liked him.
Boy Nobody is a fast pace addictive read which will have you hooked right from the first till the last page.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read the first book and was soon desperate to read the next one, and boy it was worth it. It was just as exciting as the last. I bought the next one the very next day.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
After reading Boy Nobody I purchased this this book straight away and wasn't disappointed. This is a real page tuner that keeps you gripped from start to finish. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Simon Kelly
It was very easy to purchase from the Netherlands. Books are for my son and he is still reading them.Published 14 months ago by Nelleke Phoelich
A really interesting set of three books.
I would have liked to have followed Zach through his training schedule rather than seeing him one moment taken into the Program and... Read more
Perfect condition. This series is fantastic, I have never read anything quite like it. It is from the perspective of a boy assassin who has been brain washed by The Program, a... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sarah C.
Since the end of the Alex Rider series and Young Bond, I've been looking for a similar YA thriller series which will leave me with sweaty palms and a racing heart. Read morePublished 20 months ago by SJH @ A Dream of Books
Reminiscent of Robert Muchamore’s CHERUB series, this is a fast paced story of a teen assassin. He’s on an assignment with complications, huge complications, that completely change... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sue Holmes @Crushingcinders
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