I love the premise of this plot, especially as a YA book. It makes you think about the model of debt in this country. Not everyone on the list has irresponsible debt – some people just have a small mortgage or a student loan. It definitely got me thinking about my own mortgage and how even buying a reasonably priced house is a big risk. I found this near-future story very realistic.
I put off reading this book for about a month after I got it from the library. I was worried it would be too much like other teen assassin books I’ve read lately. It was not. Patsy is an ordinary girl with no super powers or genetic gifts. She’s just trying to keep her mother from being murdered.
With each person on the list, Patsy shows up on their doorstep offering them a choice: pay back the money they owe (obviously no one can do that), agree to work as an assassin for 5 days (like she’s doing), or be killed by Patsy (something she won’t hesitate to do). The reactions varied from believable to not believable. The people who didn’t want to take the deal were believable mad at Patsy. Some fought for their lives, some just said hateful things. The people who took the deal and agreed to kill other people were a little unbelievable in that there was no anger towards Patsy. They accepted her unfortunate position right away. Even Wyatt.
I enjoyed the sidekick / love interest portion of the plot. But it was kind of hard for me to accept that Wyatt didn’t hate Patsy for killing his father and going after his brother. After one moment of hatred, he willingly helps her kill other people and falls in love with her.
There is also a moment when Wyatt talks to Patsy about not feeling guilty for what she’s doing. And immediately after that conversation she changes and truly doesn’t seem to care anymore. Seriously?! Nothing resolves that easily.
That said. I did enjoy reading the book. It got very interesting about three quarters of the way into the story. It definitely sets up well for the sequel, which I will read when it comes out.
Rating: 3 Stars
This review was originally published on Mom’s Radius.