The Hit

The Hit

Book - 2014
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There is a new drug on the mean streets of Manchester which promises the most intense week of your life, and then you are dead--and after he watches a pop star die on stage, Adam thinks that his own life is so miserable that he might just as well try it.
Publisher: New York : Chicken House/Scholastic Inc., ©2014.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780545557009
9780545556996
Characteristics: 293 pages ;,22 cm.

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FindingJane Jun 23, 2014

As a portrait of a society at war with itself, "The Hit" is harrowing. Throw in a drug that kills you in one week and you’ve got one hell of a movie script.

"The Hit" works on quite a few levels. It’s a character study, an action thriller, a shoot ‘em up and societal critique all in one package. It’s a quick read, too, which is what you would expect of a book about one teenager with only seven days to live.

It is the story of our world, one in which the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, jobs are scarce and options are limited, especially for youth. The latter is strange because American society has long been accused of being a youth society, one in which ads, fashions, movies, etc., are directed to and set by people in their teens to their twenties. So to see a society that robs its target demographic of hope is disturbing indeed.

The book doesn’t state what caused society to degenerate to this situation; it simply starts from that point and careens on its reckless path from there. What it also fails to do is show just what happens after the revolution is started or even what kind of government the rebels have planned after the official one is overthrown. They simply sow discord in everybody’s hearts and create anarchy in the streets. Very much like any revolution, I suppose.

As a fast-paced, exciting and gripping story of a world devouring itself, "The Hit" is a non-stop thrill ride. But don’t expect any easy answers or any answers at all…which may be the point.

LibraryK8 Mar 07, 2014

Another amazing offering from Burgess. I love the idea that if you try to fit your life in a week you are bound to live a more exciting life. The mob part gets a bit confusing but ultimately leads to Guy Richie type story-line that keeps readers going!

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LibraryK8 Mar 07, 2014

Adam scores the ultimate tickets to the last concert of rock star Jimmy Earle. How does he know that it is Jimmy's last concert? Because Jimmy has taken Death, the latest and greatest drug on the street. Live one glorious week on the high of your life...then die. Adam and his girlfriend Lizzie are there to see Earle give the performance of a lifetime, then die on stage. As the crowd goes wild, the two escape the area to find masked members of the Zealots handing out Death capsules on the street.

Without hope for a better future, thousands of young people around Lizzie and Adam happily accept the offering. The recession has been stifling job prospects for nearly a decade, and more people are falling into poverty than climbing out of it. As the rich get richer, there are fewer prospects for young people. Why not live your whole life in one great week and give it all up than slog through the next 60 years, never getting ahead?

After Adam takes Death at a party he has to fit the rest of his life in just 7 days...and what a week it is!

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