I Am the Mission by Allen Zadoff

Posted September 25, 2014 by Carole in Book Reviews, Net Galley Book Challenge / 1 Comment

I Am the Mission by Allen Zadoff
Series:  The Unknown Assassin #2
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date:  June 17, 2014
Date Read:  September 20, 2014

I received an advance reader
edition of this book from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers via Net
Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.


4 Stars

I must admit that I was a little afraid of this book so I waited a long time to read it.  You may be wondering how any sane person could be afraid to read a book but I really was (and my sanity is often questionable).  I was afraid of this book because I have been let down by follow up books in several other series and I did not want this wonderful character to be tainted in my mind.  This book turns out to be a great follow up to  I Am the Weapon, although not quite as good.

The main character goes by Daniel in this book and The Program is no longer sure if they should trust him after the events in the first book.  After proving himself, he is sent on a mission.  Things do not go as plan and Daniel finds himself spending time at a military style camp for teens led by Eugene Moore.  Daniel must figure out what to do with no input from The Program despite his attempts to contact them.  

When Daniel becomes desperate for outside help, he turns to his friend Howard.  It was wonderful to see Howard in this book as his character is so likeable and interesting.  We also learn more about The Program and Daniel’s past which I can’t wait to watch Allen Zadoff build on in subsequent novels in this series. 

There are so many things that I like about this book.  I like that this is teen book that does not revolve around a romance even though there is a romantic element it is not the center of the book.  I love that this is a smartly written teen book with lots of action that should appeal to a wide range of fans.  Unfortunately, I did not think this book was quite as good as the first one largely because it took a while for the story to build in this book but before long I was completely pulled in and could not wait to see how things would unfold.  

I would recommend this book to others but I would suggest that readers start with the first book if they are new to the series.  I think that the background information about Daniel and the The Program from the first book makes this book much easier to follow and enjoy.  I definitely plan to continue to read works by Allen Zadoff including future books in this series. 

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