This is Book Three of the series that began with I Am the Weapon and continued with I Am the Mission. If you have been following the series, you can figure out what this book will be about from the title. But you can’t guess how it play out, because it can’t be very easy for an individual either to defy or evade The Program, a shady black-ops type organization to which Zach, 16, is pledged.
In the previous books, Zach actually made a friend (something he is not allowed to do) of a computer whiz, Howard, whom Zach enlisted to help him find out what really happened to his father. As Book Three begins, Howard has been taken captive by The Program; they not only want to learn just what Howard knows, but they also figure they can draw back the renegade Zach who presumably will want to rescue his friend. Of course Zach finds where Howard is, and is surprised to discover that another teen, Tanya, is also in captivity with Howard. Zach decides to rescue them both.
But battling The Program is obviously not going to be easy. After some hair-raising encounters, Zach finally gets some answers, only they are not the ones for which he was hoping.
Discussion: The author does a good job in this book both in making scenarios more believable, and in figuring out how to resolve the seemingly unbeatable odds of an entire lethal organization of assassins up against one boy without coming off as absurd. My only quibble is with the romance: there didn’t seem to be any justification for it or even any lead-up to it. Suddenly it was just there. But otherwise, this book shows more writing skill, in my opinion, than the previous books.
Presumably this series was a trilogy and this story ended it, but it could easily be extended.
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, 2015