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The Hit

The Hit

By Melvin Burgess   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545556996 Hardcover
304 Pages | 5.77" x 8.55" | Ages 14 & Up

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545557009 Ebook
304 Pages | Ages 14 & Up

Live the ultimate high. Pay the ultimate price. The shocking return to YA by the author of Smack.

A new drug is on the street. Everyone's buzzing about it. Take the hit. Live the most intense week of your life. Then die. It's the ultimate high at the ultimate price. Adam thinks it over. He's poor, and doesn't see that changing. Lizzie, his girlfriend, can't make up her mind about sleeping with him, so he can't get laid. His brother Jess is missing. And Manchester is in chaos, with the cops in the pockets of the dealers and with a group of homegrown terrorists, the Zealots, battling to overthrow the banks. Wouldn't one amazing week be better than this endless misery? After Adam downs one of the Death pills, he's about to find out.

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Praise for The Hit

* "[T]he novel is viscerally exciting and emotionally engaging. Best of all, it is sure to excite both thoughtful analysis and heated discussion among its readers. A clear winner from Burgess." —Booklist, starred review

* "Amid violent action, existential anguish, and the heightened appreciation for life that death can bring, Burgess has created a premise that readers will find hard to forget." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Refreshingly rooted in the issues of the day, Burgess' near-future thriller stands out." —Kirkus