Hit — Delilah S. Dawson

10 Nov

hitPublisher: Simon & Schuster
Released: April 14th, 2015
Genre: YA dystopian
Source: Review copy from publisher



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.

From Goodreads.

This book had a really really cool and a really really scary premise. It was something I could actually see happening in the future. So I didn’t have to suspend my sense of belief for the plot. I did a bit, though, for the relationship between Wyatt and Patsy.

I know in the blurb their “intense chemistry” is mentioned but for me, the attraction was a bit too quick and deep, especially given the circumstance they were in. I would think given the fact that Patsy had to kill Wyatt’s brother that there would be a bit more tension and push and pull between them. They seemed to fall in love (or lust?) rather quickly and formed an instant bond. It just didn’t ring 100% true to me. Of course, I am also very picky about my romance in books and this could totally just be a me thing.

With that being said, I did enjoy the book and the writing. The fact that she had to kill these people in order to keep her mother and herself alive was horrifying. And I really felt the struggle that Pasty had with what she wanted to do versus what she she had to do. And the total feeling of having no control over her life.

There were also some big surprises that I didn’t see coming and true moments of “OMG I can’t believe that just  happened” which far outweighed my unease with the swiftness of the romantic relationship.

This was a fast-paced read that had some truly horrifying moments in it that only added to the suspense and tension in the story. It was well written and well plotted and very enjoyable.


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