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Book Title: The Hit|
The author of the book: Melvin Burgess
ISBN 13: 9781908435330
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 836 KB
Edition: Chicken House
Date of issue: April 4th 2013
Read full description of the books The Hit: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.
Read information about the authorMelvin Burgess is a British author of children's fiction. His first book, The Cry of the Wolf, was published in 1990. He gained a certain amount of notoriety in 1996 with the publication of Junk, which was published in the shadow of the film of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, and dealt with the trendy and controversial idea of heroin-addicted teenagers. Junk soon became, at least in Britain, one of the best-known children's books of the decade.
Burgess again courted predictable controversy in 2003, with the publication of Doing It, which dealt with underage sex. America created a show based on the book, Life As We Know It. In his other books, such as Bloodtide and The Ghost Behind the Wall, Burgess has dealt with less realist and sometimes fantastic themes. In 2001 Burgess wrote the novelisation of the film Billy Elliot, based on Lee Hall's screenplay. Polyphony is typical for his most famous novels.
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