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Title: The Hired Girl
Author: Laura Amy Schlitz
Title: Bellweather Rhapsody
Author: Kate Racculia
Author: Allen Zadoff
Genre: Fiction (YA, thriller/suspense)
Year published: 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Length: 432 heart-thumping, revelatory pages
When Boy Nobody emerged from his last mission, he was uncharacteristically shaken up. He made the mistake of thinking—and now he’s paying a price. The Program (the shady operation that trained him to be a teen assassin) is testing him. Testing his loyalty. Testing his commitment to the Cause. That’s why they send “Boy Nobody”—Daniel in this book—to take out Eugene Moore, the radical leader of an extremist military camp for teenagers.
But when things go awry, Daniel finds himself drawn deep, and then deeper, into the camp’s web of secrets and danger. What he finds there might not just mean life or death for thousands of unsuspecting citizens. It could also expose the Program’s dark practices—and shatter everything that Daniel has come to believe.
Allen Zadoff knows how to write a page-turner. Granted, I Am the Mission offered a few more pyrotechnics than the first book in Zadoff’s teen assassin trilogy. And there were a few moments when I found myself only grudgingly suspending disbelief (no spoilers, but the James Bond-style stunts at the end bordered on the ridiculous).
All that said, what I loved about Book Two was that it didn’t fall into a lot of the typical Book Two traps. It wasn’t filler between Books One & Three. We saw the development, not just of our hero’s storyline, but also of another key character’s (who I’m dearly hoping Zadoff doesn’t decide to kill off in Book Three). Best of all, though, were the revelations about The Program. Again, no spoilers, but let’s just say that this aspect of the story left me particularly satisfied—and particularly excited about the final installment.
I don’t tend to be a reader who seeks out fast-paced thrillers for my own reading enjoyment. So it’s a tribute to Zadoff that I’m not just looking forward to Book Three, but actually eying its release date with anticipation.