Take it. Live it. F*** it.
A new drug is out. Everyone is talking about it. The Hit. 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…
This book is full of twists and turns that kept me reading on. THE HIT isn’t something that I’d usually read but I was surprised to find that I really liked it.
Burgess has thrown the reader into a world where there are riots, crime and the people have had enough. One of the worrying things was that this world was not actually that far from our own. Burgess has taken the bad aspects of our world and put them altogether. The worldbuilding was one of my favourite things about this novel.
I think having this written in third person really added something because it meant that we got to see a wider part of the plot.
Adam was a really interested character and, although I didn’t agree with all of his actions, I did like him as a person. Throughout the book, we really see him mature. Some of the changes that he goes through are rather sad because they aren’t done by choice but thrown at him.
Lizzie was also a really good character and I found myself warming to her instantly. Although, just like with Adam, I didn’t agree with some of the things she did, her actions always added to the plot and kept me wanting to read on.
I really loved the ending. There were so many sub-plots so I was never sure of how it actually would end; I was really worried that I would end up crying. Luckily, I wasn’t in need of tissues but I still felt pretty emotional and a wave of relief rolled over me.
This book kept me gripped and it’s something that I would recommend to anyone who is looking for something a little different and exciting.
Jess Hearts Books!4 April, 2013 at 3:16 pm
I’m really glad you enjoyed this book! I have it to read and think it sounds fantastic but I hadn’t heard many good things until reading your review. I’m excited to read it now!
Zoe Crook4 April, 2013 at 5:54 pm
Awesome review, Lucy! I’m glad that you enjoyed the book more than I did. I just found the characters so flat that I couldn’t be captivated by the story. The ending was amazing though! It is different from what I usually read so the ending was unpredictable. Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂
So Many Books, So Little Time4 April, 2013 at 7:14 pm
I worship Melvin Burgess so I’m super excited to read this. So glad you loved it!
Rebekah Campbell7 April, 2013 at 1:19 pm
Great review, Lucy! I saw this one in Waterstones yesterday but decided not to get it. Now I’m kicking myself haha
Amber @ The Mile Long Bookshelf11 April, 2013 at 9:49 am
Ooh I recently won this in a competition, so I’m looking forward to reading it even more now! I’ve read mixed reviews of it so I’m glad you enjoyed it. Great review!
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