by Delilah S. Dawson Series: Hit #1 Published by Simon Pulse
on April 14th, 2015 Genres: Action & Adventure
, Death & Dying
, Young Adult Format:
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NO ONE READS THE FINE PRINT. The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country. Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die? Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy’s list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own. Since yarn bombing is the only rebellion in Patsy’s past, she’s horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren’t strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy’s list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice. Delilah S. Dawson offers an absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality just steps away from ours—a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish.
Hit is one of the most complex, violent, raw, and terrifying stories I have ever read. It’s pure anarchy. Teen assassins are seem to typically be found in the fantasy genre (*cough*cough* Throne of Glass) and reading about one found in our world was different and disturbing. The thing about this book that got me the most was that Patsy, our MC, knew everyone on her list personally. Her ex-best friend, for example, is one of those names on her list that she’s got to cross off, and I couldn’t possibly imagine myself pulling the trigger on anyone that I ever knew in my life, whether I liked them or not; that’s what makes the concept of Hit so complex. It begs readers to answer questions like, What would you do? Who would you sacrifice? It plays a sick game of “Kill or be killed” and explores tough morals, specifically involving whether or not it’s okay to value one life over another and the “common good” concept.
Let’s just say I didn’t always agree with Patsy’s morals. In short, she is a murderer. She had a choice about whether or not she has to be a said murderer, and she values her mother over all of the names on her kill list. It made me sick to imagine myself in such a hard situation, where every choice I make takes a human life. I felt that Patsy’s character wasn’t emotionally effected enough by all of her killings throughout the novel. If I were her, I’d be depressed, angry, and so unfathomably guilty with myself for taking so many lives. In fact, Patsy pretty much tells herself it’s okay to kill these people because “It’s not my fault that I had to kill them, they could have chosen to be like an assassin like me.” Umm, dear little protagonist, please remember that some people don’t want to be murderers like you.
Wyatt, Patsy’s love interest, was sweet and everything, but the question of “Why are you hanging out with your Dad’s murder?” popped up into my head multiple times. Patsy shot his Dad. And his brother is on her hit list too. And he’s just like, “Oh yeah, dude, I’m gonna come join you on this road trip and watch you murder more people. And maybe we can fall in love, too.”
Sure, the romance became pretty adorable, and I liked that both of the characters came from very different backgrounds and lifestyles, one being more wealthy and the other being close to poor, but some place in the back of my mind was always thinking about how she had murdered his Dad, and how I wouldn’t want to fall in love with my Dad’s murderer.
Besides my quips with the romance, I really enjoyed the fast-paced action and intensity Hit brought to the table. Dawson writes her crazy anarchist world well, adding plenty of fear and high stakes for her characters to beat. The whole novel was unique, action-packed and thrilling, and readers will hate the giant cliff-hanger at the end.
To sum up, Hit will hit you in the face with it’s thrilling qualities, moral dilemmas, and fast-paced action. I honestly think this is the type of book that people will either love or hate. So, is the synopsis intrigued you, I say that you should pick it up. If it didn’t, then don’t.