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This is sort of interesting despite being highly improbable. Like Orphan X, Ben is taken at 12 and trained in super-spy techniques, then by 16 is sent out on assassination missions. The difference between the orphans is that Ben must make phony relationships to get close to his target before the kill. Ben has moved many times and gotten "in" at many schools. Orphan X's distance kills seem more believable than Ben's instant relationships.
In this tale, he has 5 days to kill the mayor of New York. To do so he befriends the mayor's daughter at his new school. On day 2 of this assignment, after attending a teen party at the mayor's home, she says, "I'm beginning to have feelings for you....Do you have feelings for me?" Yes, I know all about Romeo and Juliet and I myself (believe it or not) have had fast teen romances, but still. He should have answered her, "Gee, Samara, I dunno, we just met yesterday, and I need to kill your father."
The reveals at the end alleviate some of the hard-to-swallow-ness, but the whole setup just takes a lot of belief suspension to get through. I will still give the next volume a chance since Ben is starting to do some thinking, and he has made a real friend here along the way.
The narration makes the book sound more amateurish, but by the end you get used to it, so it ends up interesting.
I loved this book the story is amazing and so is the narrator! Must buy
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