Hit by Delilah S. Dawson is Kind of Ridiculous but Also Entertaining
Delilah S. Dawson’s new novel Hit from Simon Pulse is ridiculous but entertaining.
AUTHOR: Delilah S. Dawson
PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse
RELEASE DATE: April 14, 2015
GENRE: Young adult, dystopian
LENGTH: 336 pages
The US is finally free of debt, but our government is now owned by Valor National Bank. And because no one ever reads the fine print when signing up for credit cards, Valor National is sending out indentured servants to assassinate the people who can’t pay them back. Patsy (Klein. Really?) is one of those servants; she didn’t really have any choice: Valor would’ve killed her and her mom if she hadn’t agreed. Patsy’s giving the people on her list three choices: pay in cash, agree to be an assassin like her for five days, or die.
I think my main issue with this book is the fact that it is so illogical. Like, I have no problem suspending my disbelief for a fantasy or other such book, but when a book is supposed to be based in our world as a potential future, it has to have some sort of logical reason. If a bank were to buy out our country (which is plausible) WHY WOULD THEY KILL PEOPLE? If you kill all the people who owe you money, you’d never make any money back. What is the point of that? This is the first in a series though so maybe that gets explained later.
Other than that, I think I enjoyed Hit. I was pulled in by the idea of a girl being forced to kill people in order to pay back her mother’s debt. Patsy’s an interesting character too. A lot of the book is basically about how can she remain normal and human after having killed all these people. Even though there were occasions when I really didn’t understand her actions (they seemed off somehow, withdrawn), it made me think about what I would do in this situation. Would I be able to kill people or would I let myself be killed? I love a book that will make you think that deeply about who you are as a person.
I won’t say that Hit is faultless, because it’s not. There are flaws in its logic and some of its characters’ actions. But it’s enjoyable and interesting and it will make you think. It’s hard to review well because it’s kind of absurd but also quite enjoyable. Take from that what you will.