The Ultimate Hit – Death!

The Hit by Melvin Burgess
Published by Chicken House an imprint of Scholastic 2/25/2014


Death – a euthanasia drug for the terminal ill becomes a super drug for those under 25. After taking Death, you have one week of living the ultimate high before you die. Melvin Burgess creates a world where suicide by Death is popular, where the disparity between the classes triggers a revolution by the Zealots, and where a brother surreptitiously is a Zealots. While this seems like a dystopian novel, Mr Burgess cleverly turns it into farce complete with violence, psychopaths, greediness and self-immolation. Of course, the only one that sees the truth is Lizzie. I look forward to recommending this to my students. What will there reaction be? Will they see the farce or won’t they? The Hit will certainly get people talking.

About Ruth Compton

Youth Librarian by day; intellectual freedom fighter by night! Book Reviewer for Capitol Choices & ALA's GLBTRT. Parent of a teen reader! View all posts by Ruth Compton

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