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Format

Paperback

Author

Melvin Burgess

Publisher

Chicken House Ltd

Publication date

1st April 2013

Author's Website

www.melvinburgess.net/

ISBN

9781908435330

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The Hit

Melvin Burgess


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April 2013 Book of the Month   Award-winning Melvin Burgess sets out a thrilling proposal: what if there were a drug which gave you the chance to have the very best time of your life for one week after which is was known that you would die. Would you take it? Adam’s life is rubbish – especially after his brother disappears. His family has no money, he has no job, society is shot to pieces. Why not end it all and have the ultimate high before he goes? As always, Burgess raises questions that matter a lot to teenagers giving much to think about, all wrapped up in a highly charged, action packed thriller.

A Piece of Passion from the Publisher, Barry Cunningham   I can’t help making this personal. What would be on my list if I had a week to live? Er … it’s almost easy.
But then I think of the people I’d never see again, the things I’d never do. (Anyway, no one can eat that many lobsters.) Melvin Burgess brilliantly brings home the
consequences of a momentous choice – to a world that feels like the day after tomorrow, where love, sex, crime and revolution all swing into play. It’s intimate, thrilling and intense. Like life itself.

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Hit a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'A race against time, a lost cause, a crazy, extremist-ridden world and a strong brotherly love combine to make this one of the best books I've read. I strongly recommend it for any teen looking for a book with a subtle, cleverly wrought twist'....

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Synopsis

The Hit by Melvin Burgess

A new drug is out. Everyone is talking about it. The Hit. A week of good life - a really good life. Followed by death. But still, a week like no one ever lived before.

Adam looks around him. His parents are worn out. His brother has gone. And Lizzie his girlfriend is over him. There's got to be more to life. If he had a week to live, what would he live for? Actually, he's got a list...


Reviews

Amrit Bunet   a storyline that is unusual and would draw anybody in as you will not be able to stop yourself turning pages. Click here to download the full review


Zoe Crook 
I found this book to be interesting and refreshing... my advice is to stick with it! It does get better! Click here to download the full review

Amy Knight The Hit by Melvin Burgess has to be one of the most interesting and creative books I’ve read in a long time. Click here to download the full review

Alice D'Angelo
The Hit is an amazing new novel by Melvin Burgess that is so realistic that it feels like a current news story. Click here to download the full review

Harriet Cunningham  The idea behind this book is brilliant; I loved the back story, the fight for control, for freedom. I loved how you follow one characters story but see how his choices affect those around him, from their point of view. Click here to download the full review

Ayesha Afghan   A good book perfect for most readers, The Hit is a good book to buy.  Click here to download the full review


Hollie Compton I was never disappointed about what was on the next page and I wanted to turn page after page to find out what the next chapter of the story would be....Click here to download the full review


Rob Foard, age 16 A race against time, a lost cause, a crazy, extremist-ridden world and a strong brotherly love combine to make this one of the best books I've read. I strongly recommend it for any teen looking for a book with a subtle, cleverly wrought twist.  Click here to download the full review


Chloe Sheehan, age 14  I really did love this book and I am looking forward to reading another book from this author. Maybe a sequel? Click here to download the full review

 
Sarah Murray  The last third of the book was amazing! It was full of drama and excitement and it was full of tension. Click here to download the full review


Rebecca Tyrrell, age 14 The Hit is a pretty amazing book - unlike anything I have read before and is a really good book to get you thinking about what is important in life.
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About The Author

Melvin Burgess was brought up in Sussex and Berkshire. As a child, his reading included The Wind in the Willows and Gerald Durrell's animal stories. He went on to enjoy The Hobbit and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast books. A generally unconfident student, he became interested in writing when he was twelve and an English teacher praised one of his stories - "it was about the first time I'd ever done anything that got an A. I was so pleased I never stopped." After leaving school, Melvin moved to Bristol where he worked on occasional jobs, mainly in the building industry, and was often unemployed. He started writing in his twenties and wrote on and off for the next fifteen years before The Cry of the Wolf was published in 1990. He moved to London in 1983 and began a small business marbling fabrics for the fashion industry. In 1997 his controversial bestseller Junk won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal. It was also shortlisted for the 1998 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. Four of his novels have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Melvin Burgess is regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature. In 1997, his controversial bestseller Junk won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal. It was also shortlisted for the 1998 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. Four of his novels have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Melvin lives in Hebden Bridge with his partner.


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