Tuesday, 7 April 2015

ARC Review: Hit by Delilah S. Dawson


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Author: Delilah S. Dawson
Pages: 336
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Expected Release Date: April 14th, 2015
Received from: publisher
Status: Hit #1


Synopsis (from Goodreads):


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.

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The story revolves around a girl named Patsy Klein, an ironic and yet badass name for someone in her situation. Her mother is on the list for execution for not paying her debts, and in exchange for her safety, she decides to become a "bounty hunter" for their government. What unfolds is a series of highs and lows for our MC, as she tries to reason out her good intentions through her terrible actions, and soon finds herself immersed in a wild new romance, and a government conspiracy plot that happens to lead back to her.

While I felt unattached to Patsy in the beginning of the novel, I soon grew to love her as I realized she was a very selfless individual, doing everything in her power to save her mom. And while her job requires her to kill some people, she does give them a chance and in a way, comforts them and tries to reason with them. She's a main character with a good conscience, and a lot of one liners that I also loved.

She's very efficient at her job, killing a very wealthy man that's related to her love interest, Wyatt. Although the two were a good pair, I still am baffled at the affection between the two because, you know, she killed someone he knew, and is supposed to kill her brother. 

What I love however, is the whole concept of the story. Normally, dystopian novels that I read are about braving the elements and finding humanity, or overthrowing the overzealous and Big-Brother type government. But not in this book. 

In Hit, the world is seemingly normal since the US is now debt free, but Patsy's character is living proof that everything isn't as it seems. And what I love the most is the fact that she isn't a traditional heroine, in the sense that she's a hero, but someone who's just trying to be a good person. The change in her is gradual, and it's nice seeing a not-so-into-your-face type of murderer.

The only thing that irked me, however, was the mystery that shrouded the entire "government conspiracy". We get a lot of hints and major information revealed, but piecing them together is a little difficult- or at least it was for me. But I do like how the book is going to lead to the next one, as Patsy's last line is:
It's time for the anarchy to get real.
If you're looking for a book to read, I highly recommend this one!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars 
 

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