Review: Hit by Delilah S. Dawson

Hit by Delilah S. Dawson


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.

Title: Hit (Hit #1)
Author: Delilah S. Dawson
Publication date: April 14, 2015

Hit is surprisingly dull for a book about a teenage girl forced to become a hitwoman. It starts out well and the idea is certainly an intriguing one, but the execution is where the book fails. Patsy has to confront (and potentially kill) ten people, which is about five people too many for me to read about. It’s just not that interesting to read about Patsy driving around in her mail truck, mooning over Wyatt, and psyching herself up to go kill yet another person. They’re not all good people, but that doesn’t mean they deserve to die. Patsy has a lot of tough choices to make, but how can she sacrifice herself and her mother for the sake of strangers? The most interesting aspect, and one that’s left unresolved (and which actually leaves me wanting MORE), is that Patsy realizes that she has some connection to each of the people she’s sent to kill. They’re not exactly strangers after all. Yes, Valor is that sadistic!

Patsy meets Wyatt early on and when he decides to join her, she’s wary. His brother is the last name on her list — and his father was the first. Somehow, though, he worms his way into her mail truck (it’s part of her disguise) and her heart. I liked Wyatt a lot, but I never bought into their relationship. Is it really the time? How can he even look at her? She killed his father. Doesn’t she have more pressing issues?

I guess tragedy brings people closer together.

One thing I did like is that Patsy and her mother are poor. There are all different kinds of diversity, and poverty is one of them. Most YA books are about middle to upper class people, but Patsy and her mother, while not destitute, are definitely in the lower class. Not everyone she sets out to kill is. Some of them are in over their heads with their debt but are living just fine financially day-to-day, at least for the time being.

I didn’t realize when I started Hit that it’s not a standalone. There’s at least one more book coming, and as I mentioned, there were unresolved storylines in Hit. Even though I didn’t like Hit as much as I hoped, I’ll probably read Strike because I’m really curious about Valor’s motives and I want to see how things will be wrapped up.

3 stars



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