I AM THE TRAITOR Blog Tour: Interview with Allen Zadoff, Review + Giveaway


I am super excited to be today’s stop on the I AM THE TRAITOR Blog Tour. I love, love, LOVED this series and I’m so sad that it’s ending and really, really, really hope that there will be future stories in this world.

I am also really hoping that the film will be produced – yes, it’s been optioned. Because I think this would be an amazing trilogy of films. Anyway…

For my stop today I have an awesome interview with Allen Zadoff in which he talks about his series and his characters. And in one of his answers he’s opted to defer to my blog’s readers for an answer. SO…

If you answer the question in the comments about who you’d like to see play Boy Nobody in the film, I am offering up for giveaway a book of your choice from Amazon or The Book Depository up to $20.

If you aren’t yet familiar with the series, information on each of the books is below. And if you’d like to know what I thought about I AM THE TRAITOR, my review is also below.

This tour includes a giveaway for a set of The Unknown Assassin series to FIVE winners. So if you’d like the chance to win one for yourself, enter in the Rafflecopter.

And if you’d like to visit any of the other stops on the tour, check out the schedule with direct links to each of the stops, at the bottom of this post.



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Title & Series: I AM THE TRAITOR (The Unknown Assassin #3)
Author: Allen Zadoff
Release date: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook


Trust No-one.

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.


The Interview

Q&A with Allen Zadoff

Q. If you had to describe your Unknown Assassin trilogy in 25 words or less, how would you describe it?

A lonely teen assassin moves from mission to mission, befriending the children of his targets so he can eliminate their parents. Over time, he begins to question his loyalty.

Q. What was your favorite aspect to creating the character of Boy Nobody? What was the most challenging aspect?

It’s difficult to write a character who is mostly alone and who is shut down to his own emotions. On the other hand, the arc of the story is about a young soldier waking up to being a boy again, and that’s an exciting idea for me. I thought a lot about young veterans coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. How do they re-enter the world?

Q. What was it about Boy Nobody that caused him to defy The Program, go against his training and trust others, and make connections with those outside The Program? And do you think it was to his benefit or to his harm?

What causes you to defy your parents and teachers, go against their wishes? We all have to leave our family system at some point and explore the world outside. You take what you’ve been taught at home and in school and examine it against your own experience and feelings. Hopefully, you find that a lot of what they’ve taught you is valuable and wise, and you have the humility to go back and say, “You were right about a lot of stuff. But I have questions about a few things…”

Q. Howard has become both a series favorite and a friend to Boy Nobody. Had you always planned on keeping Howard a part of the series or was his continuing involvement in the story something that developed as writing the series progressed?

I developed a writer crush on Howard, the geeky, earnest, funny guy who slowly becomes the assassin’s “home office.” I thought the assassin might have a sidekick at some point, but I didn’t know it would be Howard. That very much developed through the writing process. Once I met Howard, I couldn’t bear to get rid of him. He’s Boy Nobody’s first and only true friend. 

Q. I AM THE WEAPON was optioned for film. Congratulations! And I’m so excited about the possibility of seeing this on the big screen. If you could choose, who would you like to see play Boy Nobody? And why?

Thank you, Fiktshun! The first book I AM THE WEAPON (BOY NOBODY) was optioned by Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment. It’s a tough character to play. He’s only sixteen, but he’s a gristled veteran in a lot of ways. On the other hand, there’s a boy inside of him with feelings that are poking through the hard exterior. In a sense, he’s a character at war with himself. There are a few fantastic young actors who might be able to do it, but I can’t choose. I wonder if the readers would tell us who they’d like to see in the role?    

About Allen Zadoff


Allen Zadoff is the author of the new thriller series, The Unknown Assassin which earned starred reviews and has been optioned for a feature film by Sony Pictures and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment. His YA novel, Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have won the Sid Fleischman Humor Award and was a YALSA selection for Most Popular Paperbacks of 2012. His second novel was My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies, the story of a techie hiding from life after a family tragedy. His third novel Since You Left Me is set in Los Angeles and tells the story of a religious school student who doesn’t believe. He also wrote the memoir for adults, Hungry:Lessons Learned on the Journey from Fat to Thin.

Allen is a graduate of Cornell University and the Harvard University Institute for Advanced Theatre Training. Visit him on the web at


The Review

I AM THE TRAITOR delivers non-stop action, excitement, shocking revelations, tension and suspense, in this, the electrifying and absolutely riveting end to the series. It returns readers to a world of assassins and missions. But this time Boy Nobody isn’t following The Program’s directives – he’s looking to save his friend Howard and find out the truth about his father before The Program finds out what he’s up to and sends someone out to end him.

Boy Nobody learned to follow orders, not to question. He learned to work alone and form no attachments. He learned to fight and to kill. He learned to trust no one. He learned to obey Mother and Father. That is until he learned that everything he’d been told to believe might be a lie.

Desperate for answers about his father, Boy Nobody is willing to risk the full force of The Program coming down on him for his disobedience. But the longer he can keep them in the dark about what he’s up to, the better. He’ll just need to evade their tracking software, escape any assassins sent to bring him in, take down any assassins sent to terminate him, free his friend who may already have the answers he’s been looking for, and put his trust in someone who may be trying to deceive him.

Allen Zadoff created an epic and nail-biting and jaw-dropping conclusion to his series with I AM THE TRAITOR. The pace is lightning fast. The story is instantly engrossing. The characters both old and new are likable, detestable, and somewhere in-between, fascinating, deadly, and surprising. And the outcome is most definitely unexpected.

The author produced a three-book series that is thrilling, dramatic, immensely entertaining, highly addictive, and unputdownable. He introduced a character who went through a radical shift from who he was at the start of the series to who he became at the end. And he took readers on an awesome and wild ride with Boy Nobody from the series beginning to its stunning conclusion.

I AM THE TRAITOR is a must for fans of gripping, intense, fast-paced, action-packed, intriguing stories that build to a climactic conclusion. It’s for readers who love stories of missions and assignments, assassins, rogue assassins, the hunt, the chase, and harrowing escapes. And it’s for those who love to be kept guessing right up to the very end.

The Rating

05NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

Other Books in the Series

ZADOFF_IAmTheWeapon_PBTitle & Series: I AM THE WEAPON (The Unknown Assassin #1)
Author: Allen Zadoff
Release date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook



Call him Boy Nobody.

He 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 a few friends and doesn’t stay long. Just long enough for someone to die — of “natural causes.” Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target.

But when The Program assigns him to the mayor of New York City, things change. Somewhere deep inside, Boy Nobody is somebody: the kid he once was; the teen who wants normal things, like a real home and a girlfriend; a young man who wants out. And who just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program’s mission.


Zadoff_IAmtheMission_HCTitle & Series: I AM THE MISSION (The Unknown Assassin #2)
Author: Allen Zadoff
Release date: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook



He was the perfect assassin.

No name. No past. No remorse. Perfect, that is, until he began to ask questions and challenge his orders. Now The Program is worried that their valuable soldier has become a liability.

And so Boy Nobody is given a new mission. A test of sorts. A chance to prove his loyalty.

His objective: Take out Eugene Moore, the owner of an extremist military training camp for teenagers. It sounds like a simple task, but a previous operative couldn’t do it. He lost the mission and is presumed dead. Now Boy Nobody is confident he can finish the job. Quickly.

But when things go awry, Boy Nobody finds himself lost in a mission where nothing is as it seems: not The Program, his allegiances, nor the truth.

The riveting second book in Allen Zadoff’s Boy Nobody series delivers heart-pounding action and a shocking new twist that makes Boy Nobody question everything he has believed.


The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • FIVE (5) sets of THE UNKNOWN ASSASSIN Series (Books 1-3) – US ONLY

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Tour Schedule

June 8th | The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia – Excerpt
June 8th | Curling Up With A Good Book – Guest Post

June 9th | Parajunkee – Interview
June 9th | The Book Landers – Review

June 10th | Swoony Boys Podcast – Interview

June 11th | Fiktshun – Interview + Review

June 12th | YA Book Nerd – Guest Post


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