Good day, friends, strangers, and web crawling robots! It’s time for another book review. Since I was in the air last week, I diverted once again from my big stack of books from home and switched to an audiobook (I get motion sick, so me reading on planes is a bad idea for everyone) of Hit by Delilah S. Dawson! Here’s a BookPeople link (support local) and the audible link (in case you need the words read to you).
The basic (spoiler-free) premise behind Hit is that America’s debts have been bought out by a huge bank. In order to get rid of freeloaders, the bank offers two choices: pay in full, or become a debt collector for a period of five days. Anyone unwilling or unable to do either will be killed by their debt collector. Hit follows Patsy, a seventeen year old girl, as she starts her five days of indentured servitude with a list of ten names.
Dawson’s writing style is fast paced and easy to understand, a plus for an action novel. There are elements of comedy and romance woven unobtrusively throughout. It’s a coming of age story. It’s a mystery. It’s an action adventure road trip thriller. It’s less genre blending and more genre smoothie making, but the result is quite tasty.
This book claims to be Teen/YA. As a thirty something year old, I’d say that it can also be enjoyed by folks a bit older (or I’m just really immature) . Either way, don’t be put off by the label/shelving.
Goodreads/Amazon/Bookpeople also claim Hit is dystopian. That’s the part I find the most interesting about this book. It’s not really dystopian, not in the traditional sense. One of the most unsettling things about this novel is how normal everything is for everyone else. It’s pre-dystopian. You, as the reader, get to see the birth of a dystopia, and that’s really freakin’ cool. Like, worthy of ALL CAPS COOL. There’s also a message about handling debts and not building a life on credit that really might be why it’s classified as a YA book, so it can reach people for whom it’s not already too late.
Now, my biggest disclaimer. This book is from an unfinished series. If you’re the type of person that will reach the end, scream “MOTHERFUCKER!” and spend a few minutes glaring at the back cover hoping that the next novel will spring fully formed from the author photo, then, well, don’t say I didn’t warn you. It’s no ending-of-the-first-lord-of-the-rings-movie, but there’s also not everything wrapped up in a nice bow with subtle hints there might be more.
Since this is the first audiobook I’ve reviewed, I want to give a shout out to Rebekkah Ross for an amazing performance. She truly exemplified the character of Patsy, managing to pull off quirky-semi-sullen-but-mostly-cheerful teenage assassin. I look forward to hearing her (hopefully) read the next installment.
TLDR: Fast-paced action/adventure/road trip/thriller/coming of age/pre-dystopian mystery. YA-ish. Quite enjoyable. Best first line I’ve read in a while. (5/5)