Series: Hit #1
Release Date: April 15, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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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.
Hit was not the best book I’ve read this year, which is a shame because Ms. Dawson is lovely and I was really intrigued by the concept. I mean, hitmen?! YES PLEASE. Give me alllll the hitmen. Unfortunately, I ended up having quite a few issues with this book and I didn’t really enjoy it after the first fifty or so pages.
Hit starts off well, as do a lot of books that I end up not enjoying, as it introduces Patsy, the main character, and a world where a bank has pretty much taken over the American government and is turning people into hitmen and killing many others. Like I said, the concept is awesome. I’m totally behind the evil bank/government/hitmen idea. But the execution was off.
First thing’s first [I’m the realest], I thought the timeline was silly. Patsy has five days to kill ten people, and Hit begins on her first day. She is not a hardened assassin, but nor is she particularly affecting by the way she kills people. For a book about hitmen, there was very little action, and Hit just follows Patsy as she goes from one house to another. It’s not very interesting, and I didn’t get either the badass scenes or the emotional attachment that I was expecting from this book and its main character.
Then there’s the ship. Oh my god, the ship. It’s not even a ship for me, it’s a couple of characters with little to no chemistry and a guy with tonnes of Edward Cullen vibes. First of all, Wyatt and Patsy made no sense at all as a couple. Patsy killed his father and was going to kill his brother, and all of a sudden Wyatt is travelling around with her as she goes to kill people. A) Did he not have a problem with this? B) Why didn’t he have a problem with this? C) Why? And then there’s the scene where they’re making out in the back of the van and Wyatt flings himself off of Patsy, Edward Cullen/Stefan Salvatore style, like NO I MUSTN’T TOUCH YOU. I got some violent flashbacks with that scene, let me tell you. Wyatt also calls Patsy “girl” and I really hate that pet name. *shudders*
My third and probably final problem with this book was the use of the term “spastic”. I’ve done a bit of Googling and apparently “spastic” doesn’t have such negative connotations in the US, but here in the UK it’s a derogatory term used to refer to disabled people. And I fucking hate it. Dawson is from the US so I don’t hold this against her at all, but Patsy using that word really riled me up. So. Yeah. That was fun.
In case you can’t tell, I won’t be recommending Hit to anybody. Much like Twilight, Hit is a terrible romance story thinly veiled as action-packed genre fiction. I’m disappointed, to say the least.