Review: ‘Hit’ by Delilah S. Dawson

I received this book for free from agency review pitch in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Hit’ by Delilah S. DawsonHit by Delilah S. Dawson
Published by Simon Pulse on April 14th, 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: agency review pitch

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.

Delilah S. Dawson offers an absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality just steps away from ours—a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish.

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A teenager who has to kill ten people in five days or Valor Savings will murder her mother. This is the gist of Hit. It sounds crazy right?? Well I thought so too. It started off all right at the beginning where Patsy is at the first kill and she flashes back to the past as to how it all started…But then it went down hill…


I thought it was going to be some sort of take-down with Valor Savings because who would take this offer?! Surviving by killing? Um what? And is this really a dystopian society when only these teenagers are under the company’s thumb?? I thought dystopian is how the book’s society is set in. Then she meets a cute boy and he just starts helping her? And if you read it, you’ll know this is worrisome. I thought it was a little crazy having this strange boy come in and be your friend after what you did. Also the way they met? I couldn’t stop giggling at how pervy it was..You’re murdering all these people and this is what happens? *shakes my head* I get that she’s struggling with her mom’s sickness and if only Patsy was more inclined to worry about her mother, then this would be better executed.


I liked the little clues that were left. That was easy to pick up at the end, but the puzzle still remains and a book with MORE questions by the end of it, makes me even more wary to read the sequel. I don’t like long dragged out plots..The great thing about Hit is the writing..It’s fast and fluid, and I just wanted to know if she’ll ever finish her list..I knew that ending would just leave me hanging because nothing really develops until the end.


There’s two things that came out of this..Debt is obviously a real issue and it makes me more cautious every time I use credit cards. Also, I feel apprehensive to open the door for couriers now. Especially because it happens weekly. *peers out the window*


I prefer creation to destruction. (22)
I don’t want to be the kind of girl who kills a guy with a pajama boner. (47)
No matter what we think or what we say or what we hope to become, at the root of everything, we’re only animals. (48)
Even if I have to do horrible things, I’m not going to be a horrible person. (104)
Sometimes good things come from horrible situations. Sometimes when the worst thing happens, the only way to go is up. (116)
You can’t change the past, so you might as well live in the present. And if you don’t like the present, make a different future. (126)

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  1. Carina Olsen

    April 18, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Gorgeous review Giselle 🙂 But aw, I’m so sorry that this book was so disappointing. Ugh. I hate when that happens. I love your pictures of the book, though 😀 Though, lol, that is one very weird looking cover :p Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3
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    • giselle

      April 18, 2015 at 6:27 PM

      Yeah this month is not a good one, reading wise anyway. I’ve been reading mostly 2 or 3 star books. I need some 5 ones too! Oh it’s supposed to be a credit card if you look at it sideways. It’s really creative because it sets the tone of the story

  2. Sophia Rose

    April 17, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    I loved her Steampunk series and was curious about her new book. Whew! That is a crazy premise. Curiosity has me wanting to pick it up, but caution is there too…

    • giselle

      April 18, 2015 at 12:23 AM

      Ohh I like steampunk! If you do end up getting it, let me know your thoughts

  3. Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit

    April 17, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    Thanks for your review of this, Giselle – you and I rarely agree on contemporary (which makes for good discussions!), but I think with dystopian and some fantasy, we have a lot of the same “WTF” thoughts. I was looking forward to this book, especially because I could tell that it was going to be very fast-paced, but I’m concerned that the insta-love and plot development only at the end is going to bring it down for me.
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    • giselle

      April 17, 2015 at 5:21 PM

      HAHA I know right? We bring such different perspectives so it’s always fun when I read your reviews.

      Yay for “WTF” thoughts! It really is instant love, I forgot to mention that..The lack of plot development made it pretty boring. I’m just glad it was a quick read.

  4. Kelsey

    April 17, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    My rating for this was close to yours. I liked parts of the book but some things still bugged me. I agree that it read pretty fast, and I actually do want to read the next to find out what happens because I wanted to find out more in this book but never did.
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    • giselle

      April 18, 2015 at 12:21 AM

      I might pick up the sequel but I’m not so sure if I want to…

  5. czai

    April 17, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    and here I was, really looking forward to this book. The blurb really caught my attention and I thought it was really interesting. It’s disappointing that the story just goes on some absurd things. and that dystopian society doesn’t really sound so convincing. I’ll be putting this one aside for now. Thanks for the honest review 🙂
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    • giselle

      April 18, 2015 at 12:22 AM

      I was too! It sounds crazy. The idea is good but there were just some weird things going on. You’re welcome Czai

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