by Dawson, Delilah S.,

Format: Print Book 2015
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Moon Township Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA F DAWSON Delilah S
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA F DAWSON Delilah S
In order to save her mother, a teen is forced to become an indentured assassin in this sizzling dystopian thriller.

No one reads the fine print.

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they're unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn't have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy's list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own. Since yarn bombing is the only anarchy in Patsy's past, she's horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren't strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy's list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

Delilah S. Dawson offers an absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality just steps away from ours--a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Dawson's latest is a raw, gritty near-future dystopian tale with noir undertones. With Valor National Bank recently taking control of the U.S. in a kind of martial law, 17-year-old Patsy, who is in debt, finds herself forced into service as a bounty hunter and obligated to track down and kill 10 debtors unless they pay up or enter into servitude, just like she has. But when Patsy becomes romantically involved with the son of a man she killed, and she's tasked with killing his brother, can she do it? Though the hard-to-believe and violent premise may turn off some readers, those who can get past it will find a thrilling, if sometimes painful, story that explores the unintended consequences of making irresponsible financial decisions. Unlike the majority of YA novels, which seem to exist in a universe free of the dire economic situations many American teenagers find themselves in, Dawson's latest doesn't shy away from examining the immense impact of class and money on Patsy's life and worldview. Thought-provoking, disturbing, and suspenseful.--Barnes, Jennifer Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Patsy Klein is a teenage hit woman assigned to kill 10 unfortunate souls who can't pay their debts to Valor Savings Bank, a corporation that has just bought the United States by paying off its debts, and has drafted legislation allowing debtors to be "legally killed in recompense." Patsy is in this situation because of her mother's own debts, and she accepts her horrific mission with a combination of bravery and self-loathing. She begins picking off the people on her list until a handsome companion shows up to accompany her on these dark endeavors, complicating matters (she killed his father). Dawson's (Servants of the Storm) social commentary on corporate finance and its intimate ties to the government is sharp and shot through with irony. She takes this intermingling to the extreme, without losing a playful touch, even as Patsy's story becomes more disturbing. The wit is biting, and the banter between Wyatt and Patsy entertains in a dark, violent story that would pair well with the financial dystopia of Alex London's Proxy and Guardian. Ages 14-up. Agent: Kate McKean, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Assassins -- Fiction.
Science fiction.
Publisher New York :Simon Pulse,2015
Edition First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
Language English
Description 324 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781481423397 (hardback)
1481423398 (hardback)
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