I Am The Traitor by Allen Zadoff | Book Review

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I Am The Traitor by Allen Zadoff | Book ReviewI Am the Traitor by Allen Zadoff
Series: The Unknown Assassin #3
Also in this series: I Am the Weapon, I Am the Mission
Also by this author: My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies, I Am the Weapon, I Am the Mission
on June 9th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Boys & Men, Law & Crime
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The Program has sent Boy Nobody on countless missions, instructed to kill whichever target he was given. But now, after going rogue, he is on his own mission to rescue his friend Howard, who was captured by The Program.
Boy Nobody manages to free Howard as well as Tanya, a mysterious girl who was being held with him. Putting their skills to the test, Howard and Tanya help Boy Nobody collect information about his father, eventually revealing a dangerous secret that teaches Boy Nobody a valuable lesson -- he can't trust anyone.
On the run from The Program, Boy Nobody must face his past, as he's forced to decide where his loyalties lie.
Allen Zadoff packs the final installment in the Unknown Assassin trilogy with even more action, higher stakes, and mind-blowing reveals that will leave readers riveted.

ANOTHER SERIES COMPLETE! Seriously, put all of the high five GIFs in this review of I Am The Traitor by Allen Zadoff because I am incredibly proud of binge reading and completing another awesome series (also published by Little Brown, which you guys I don’t know what it is about their books, but lately it seems like these are the very best for my binge habits). So, okay, if you want zero spoilers for the previous book chances are you should not be reading a review of the third book in the series and then getting all upset because you happened to run into a spoiler AT YOUR OWN PERIL, so instead, before I get into the spoils, I will leave you with directives to click over to my reviews of I Am The Weapon and I Am The Mission.


I Am The Traitor which is Zadoff’s final book in the Boy Nobody series picks up where I Am The Mission leaves off. So, at this juncture, that weird kid Howard has been kidnapped by The Program for daring to hack them. Zach, aka the assassin, decides to save Howard and make his escape from The Program. So, he gets to Howard, releases him from captivity along with the girl in his room, Tanya. There, Zach decides to follow the trail regarding his father and the fact that he may still be alive. He is all over upstate NY following leads and clues and you guys every scene I was like I KNOW THAT TOWN – which is exciting. So, anyways, Zach along with Tanya and Howard experience adventures, swat teams, assassinations and more as they unlock the secrets of the Program. ALSO! We finally get some answers and resolution and well, learn the deal with Mike, who is pretty much the worst is where I will leave it. I quite enjoyed the plotting of Zadoff’s book, FYI.

I quite like how much character growth Zachary has over the series. I mean, this is a kid who is pretty much the ultimate weapon, but begins to have questions. Throughout the series, he is such a bad ass, kicking ass and taking names. Yet, we see he has weaknesses, like predictability. We see that he looks at people in terms of use – whether they are assets or liabilities. We see that he has a weakness for women. Yet, these are things that he learns are strengths – the ability to care about other people and to look at people as more than assets, etc. I love that he finally leans into his questioning enough to break free – and PS the ending with his growth as a character is superb.

I’ll admit that while I love the non-stop action of Zadoff’s writing, I do think that the romance leaves a little bit to be desired. Tanya, the romantic lead, is pretty great in her own right. She’s got a few unexpected tricks up her sleeve. I liked how her and Zachary bond under the extreme circumstances they are in – on the run from The Program. I just sort of felt like they were soooo quick. Granted, I am a girl who likes a slow burning romance. Just, this was a bit much. However, there are adult times and that is kind of neat, I suppose.

This book, I Am The Traitor, exemplifies the phrase high octane. It is a rapid read with action on action on action. I love how there are constant set backs, but Zachary, Howard, and Tanya keep getting through them. I also quite like how deliciously manipulative Mother and Father are. I liked how Mike was written so you kind of pity him, in a way. I do kind of wish Tanya did more things that fall for Zachary and serve as the person who saves Zach on several occasions. She just seemed like a kind of flimsy, one dimensional character. Aside from this complaint, I have to recommend you give The Unknown Assassin series a shot. It’s actually quite compelling and will probably get you through a slump as well!

Other Reviews Of I Am The Traitor by Allen Zadoff:

Fully Booked Reviews – “Fantastic end to a great, action packed trilogy.

Libris Notes – “I Am The Traitor is a suspenseful, fast-paced novel that is impossible to put down.

The Book Landers – “Wow–that was an incredibly fast read

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Great review, and thank you for linking to mine! This was such a fast-paced, entertaining series overall, and the ending left me pretty satisfied. Definitely one I’d recommend!