June 9, 2015
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.
I was really excited to read Hit, by Delilah S. Dawson. The concept sounded unique, and I could see it actually happening, which I guess is the point of dystopian fiction: A warning of things that could be. I wasn’t disappointed, and Ms. Dawson crafted a fabulous ending that after reading, I came to the conclusion that it just couldn’t end any other way.
I had the opportunity to chat with Ms. Dawson at the 2015 Phoenix Comicon, and even from that brief encounter, I can see the humor that she has in the novel. Her Twitter feed and the time she spent with me shows an author that is not only approachable, but doesn’t take herself too seriously, which is refreshing.
The evolution or de-evolution of Patsy Kline seems realistic to me. The various interactions between her and her ten “hits” seem genuine, and as a psychology major, I think read realistic. Each chapter kept me wanting more, right up to an ending that set up the second novel without short-changing Hit.
From yarn bombing projects to fulfilling her mission to save her mother, we want Patsy to complete her hit list and at the same time we feel sad each time she does. The writing and story is excellent, and my autographed hard cover is now prominently displayed in my small collection of books. I look forward to reading Strike in 2016.
Delilah S. Dawson writes dark, edgy books for teens and fantasy with a wicked edge for adults. The Blud series is available now and includes WICKED AS SHE WANTS, winner of the RT Book Reviews Steampunk Book of the Year and May Seal of Excellence for 2013. SERVANTS OF THE STORM debuts August 2014, and Kirkus called the Southern Gothic Horror YA “an engaging page-turner” and “a standout, atmospheric horror tale.” April 2015 will see the launch of HIT, a YA pre-dystopia about teen assassins in a bank-owned America.