REVIEW: The Hit by Melvin Burgess

Published By: Chicken House
Page Count: 303
Publication Date: 4th April 2013
Aquired: Through publisher for review
Format: ARC paperback
Summary from Goodreads

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…



The Hit is all about revolution, rebellion and revolt. With its amazing premise, it’s no surprise that this was a book that I really enjoyed reading.
Death. It’s a drug that will give you the best week of your life and then kill you. So why take it? What’s the point? After a famous singer takes Death and then drops dead on stage, a rebellion starts and then people find themselves taking this lethal drug. Adam and Lizzie find themselves in the middle of the revolt and they then find that their lives are changing. But then Adam takes Death. Will he realise his mistake before it’s too late?

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.

Lucy Powrie

Lucy Powrie is a blogger, YouTuber and author from the UK. When she's not reading, she enjoys cuddling guinea pigs and eating Oreo chocolate, but let's be real: she's mostly always reading.

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  1. Reply

    Jess Hearts Books!

    4 April, 2013

    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!

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    Zoe Crook

    4 April, 2013

    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 🙂

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    So Many Books, So Little Time

    4 April, 2013

    I worship Melvin Burgess so I’m super excited to read this. So glad you loved it!

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    Rebekah Campbell

    7 April, 2013

    Great review, Lucy! I saw this one in Waterstones yesterday but decided not to get it. Now I’m kicking myself haha

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    Amber @ The Mile Long Bookshelf

    11 April, 2013

    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!

    Amber
    The Mile Long Bookshelf

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