- Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 22mm | 240g
- Publication date: 4 April 2013
- Publication City/Country: Somerset
- ISBN 10: 190843533X
- ISBN 13: 9781908435330
- Sales rank: 47,260
A new drug is out. Everyone is talking about it. Death. Take it, and you have one amazing week to live. It's the ultimate high. At the ultimate price Adam is tempted. Life is rubbish; his girlfriend's over him, his brother's gone. So what's he got to lose? Everything as it turns out. It's up to his girlfriend, Lizzie to show him. Purple and red cover available.
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By Deira 10 Nov 2013
I bought this book as soon as I saw it in online bookstore. I didn‘t know one of my favorite writers wrote a new book. I immediately ordered it and waited to get it. When I got it, I started reading it while walking home from post office. Melvin Burgess is one of my favorite writers since I was a teen. I read all his books that are translated in Lithuanian. Even now, when I‘m adult, I still like to read his books. I buy every new book that appears in Lithuania like crazy and read it as fast as I can.
It‘s not the highest class book, but it has something in it that made me read it non-stop for two days. A plot is very intriguing, just thrilling! Somebody should make a movie by this book, it would great action movie.
By Melissa 07 May 2013
The premise of this book sounded very intriguing which enticed me to buy it; a deadly drug that allows you complete freedom for a week. Unfortunately the idea of the story is the only good thing going for this book.
I couldn't even get through the first chapter. It's poorly edited, the characters are annoying and unrealistic with stilted dialogue. It was just painful to read. The entire thing didn't suspend my belief at all and has put me off from reading the rest.
For now this book will be sitting gathering dust on my shelf until I can bring myself to give it another try. But judging from other reviews, I don't think I'll bother. And you shouldn't either. Save your money and buy something better.
By Glenn George 21 Apr 2013
"What a concept!" - was my original impression, and what's better, I bought a limited edition, signed copy.
THEN, I actually read the book. The plot line was completely different to what I was expecting. Instead of being the story of a teenaged boy playing out his last week alive, it turned into a futuristic, radical, anti-government plan to rule the world using drugs. At a number of key plot stages, I lost interest, but continued reading in the hope that it would improve. The ending seemed tacked on in the hopes to have a Hollywood-style happy ending; aiming for a film deal, perhaps?
The characters lacked depth and were, quite frankly, very irritating. I found myself hoping they'd take a hit of poison just to finish the story early so I didn't have to read about them anymore. Having read some of Burgess' other works, I was disappointed in the characters of this novel. Even the antagonists bored me a little.
I was also assuming that this novel was rushed with its release; bad editing plagues the pages, irking the reader. It made me think a teenager had actually edited the novel, not professionals who are paid to perform this fairly simple duty. It often seemed like words had been removed to change the sentence structures, without actually changing the sentence structures. Simple spelling errors grated my inner grammar nerd, who screamed at the offending pages.
In summary, wait for a revised edition of the novel where these issues are fixed and you may find a novel worth reading. Alternatively, wait for the movie version, which will hopefully improve the character and plot issues.
By Sanne 28 Mar 2013
The Hit is about a boy called Adam, who isn't exactly with happy his life. The girl he likes doesn't seem to be too impressed with him and his brother is gone. When he hears that there's a new drug in town, called Death, he's tempted to try it. It will give you one amazing week... and then you die.
I thought the concept of the book sounded very interesting, but soon after I started reading, I was quite disappointed. The main characters, Adam and Lizzie, are some of the 'flattest' characters I've ever read about, which made me not care about them at all. They are pouty, angry and read more like an adult's image of a teenager than actual teenagers. Some decisions they made seem to be completely random (Adam has a plan to get Lizzie pregnant because she is rich, but when she hear about it and gets angry, he just drops it and it's never mentioned again) and a lot of the story line seems to be present just to shock the young readers. It feels like the book was written for 10-years-old, but with topics for teenagers.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when an author hints at a certain 'secret detail' so often that there is NO POSSIBLE WAY you can miss it. It takes all the mystery from any possible 'revelation' and frankly makes it seems like he is talking down to his audience. I don't care if the intended audience is younger than I am, it doesn't hurt to make them work a little bit and surprise them once in a while.
The only thing I enjoyed about this book were the two 'bad guys', the rich and psychotic Christian and his body guard Vince. Vince reminded me a lot of Butler, from the Artemis Fowl series, which might have helped my appreciation for him. Christian keeps Lizzie hostage and mistreats her in some really messed up ways. What makes his character interesting is that he is extremely unstable and can go from perfectly harmless to crazy axe murderer in a matter of seconds. I mostly enjoyed Vince's presence in the story because I couldn't quite figure out who's side he's was on. I guess I liked both characters because they were the only unpredictable factors in the book.
In conclusion, The Hit is a very fast read with some interesting ideas, but it left me extremely frustrated with almost every aspect of the plot and writing.