Author: Melvin Burgess
Published: 2013 by Chicken House
Read: April 2014
Why it made it to the top of the pile: I was looking for something new to read over the Easter long weekend, and this was waiting patiently on the bookshelf.
Categories: Fiction, Young Adult
Trivia Tidbit: The Hit is based on an idea by philosophy tutors Brandon Robshaw & Joe Chislett.
Full Disclosure: Purchased
Adam's home situation is tough. His dad is unable to work following a workplace accident and his mum works long shifts at a call centre. Adam had dreams, since shattered, of making his fortune as a football star, and the family relies on money earned by Jess, his reliable older brother, to make ends meet. Then Jess goes missing, Adam has a fight with his girlfriend and is tempted by the amazing week Death has to offer.
The premise of this book is great, and it's an engaging read (I read it in a day - yay for long weekends!). It poses some interesting questions about the power of wealth, corporations and governments and the price of civilised society. However, the story is littered with despicable and unlikeable characters who are so self-involved it is hard to empathise with them. And without giving away any spoilers, I knew how it was going to end long before I got there. Ultimately, the questions the book asks are far more interesting than the situations and solutions it provides.