Review: Hit by Delilah S. Dawson

Hit by Delilah S. Dawson
(Hit #1)

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian


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.
   Ehhhhh. This book was weird. Some part of me wanted to like it, because it was a seriously interesting idea. But it fell so flat for me. I had issues with the characters. That's a huge deal breaker for me. But, hey. At least it was a quick read? (Except for the info dumping, that is.)

  Patsy was annoying. I swear, if I had heard her talk about yarn bombing one more time... I would have stabbed her with a yarn needle. It's good to give characters depth. It's bad to have them fixate on one thing that gets endlessly repeated. I found it so hard to believe that a girl who's done some backwoods shooting can bloom into this kick-ass assassin. I had a hard time taking anything Patsy said, did, or thought seriously.

  The biggest downfall for me was the romance. I really want to use air quotes for that. It just wasn't believable or swoony at all. Possible spoilers, y'all. (But not really 'cause you find this out early on?) Patsy kills Wyatt's father first thing. But he's like HEY-O, who cares about my dead pops?! There's some hottie assassin girl to chase, bros! And they kiss and insta-love and gag and killmenowstopitplease.

  Hit felt like a conspiracy theorist dream, complete with all of the over the top and unbelievable twists and turns. There was insta-love, info dumping, and unbelievable characters. Basically, everything to make me dislike it. It wasn't the worst book I read, but it wasn't my favorite. There was a cute dog in this story, but even she couldn't save it. I won't be tuning in for the second book in this series, because I just don't care what happens to Patsy.

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.


  1. Oh bummer. I've had a earc of this for awhile, but I think I just requested it because I've loved Delilah's adult books. And this really didn't sound like my kind of read to begin with. So not sure what I will do. Doesn't really sound too exciting from how you described it. A lot of issues surrounding that let's fall in love straight away with the chick who killed my dad. Weird. Nice review though. I appreciate the honesty.

    1. Oh gosh. It's an awkward read. I hope you do like it since you've liked the author before, but it was just such a weird book written in such a weird way. If you get around to reading it, let me know what you think! We can compare notes. :)

  2. Ah man, I was excited for this one. Poo it was so weird!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings


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