I picked up Hit from my library’s Overdrive. I like to browse and when I saw this, the premise looked interesting and I realized this is an author I follow on Twitter, so bonus reason to read it (I’ve never read any of her works before).
No one reads the fine print.The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that it was 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 anarchy 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.
An absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality that is eerily just steps away from ours—Hit is a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish. (Goodreads)
I give Hit 3 of 5 stars! It was good (better than just-ok, but not quite terrific).
Patsy, the main character, has become an assassin for Valor Savings in order to save her and her mom’s lives. She leads a pretty boring, conservative life. She keeps her head down, works hard in school and at her after-school job, and her only real hobby is knitting/yarnbombing. Her only flaw seems to be that she’s too responsible–and that she seems to stop using her brain so much once a boy comes into the picture. I relate pretty well to be a too-responsible teenager, that’s how I was, but I never quite synced-up with Patsy. There’s also no way that I think she could have carried out her mission without the help of Wyatt, which is kind of annoying.
Wyatt’s brother Max is the last name on Patsy’s list, but he helps her out anyways, knowing what she has to do. And, of course, they have an undeniable attraction and trust for one another.
I kind of felt like the characters fell a little flat. Patsy could have used a(nother?) flaw, and Wyatt, although he has a dark past, doesn’t seem all that interesting at the time the book is taking place.
There were some times when I caught myself thinking the timelines didn’t work out for what was going on, but I may have just not been paying close enough attention.
Also, the story is told in first-person, present-tense point of view. This in itself was not a problem, but it’s not my personal favorite to read.
I’m really interested in what is going on in the rest of the world, about the silent war that is being waged, but I didn’t get any answers, and I may not ever, because I’m not sure if I will pick up the next in the series when it comes out. I liked the story ok, but it isn’t one of my favorites.
Have you read, or do you plan on reading, Hit by Delilah Dawson?