Patsy’s mom is in debt to Valor Savings Bank. Only Valor Savings is claiming that they paid off the United States’ debt so now they run the country. According to the fine print, Valor Savings is legally allowed to make indentured servants out of anyone with an outstanding balance on their credit card. They’re saying that Patsy has two choices to work off her mother’s debt: become a bounty hunter or die. Please choose.
Why did I start this blog? To post reviews! What have I not been doing lately? Posting reveiws! I’d just like to start this post off with an apology for not posting many reviews lately. Luckily, I have about five books that are waiting to be reviewed so…hopefully I’ll get some of those out to you this week. Now, without further ado…
Check out that cover! Not the first reason I decided to read it, but I like it all the same. I feel like it’s something you have to study for a little bit before you get what’s going on. But once you do, it’s absurdly cool.
First off, I thought “Patsy” was an interesting name for a main YA character. It just seems a little old-fashioned, but not in a bad way necessarily. Just…unexpected I guess. Disclaimer: I’ve never had to work as a bounty hunter. However, I did feel like both Patsy and Wyatt’s reactions throughout the book were pretty authentic and believable. Obviously if they had it their way, they wouldn’t be killing anybody but this is the choice they made and they’re sticking to it–no matter how hard it gets.
I thought the premise for this book was really interesting and that’s why I decided to read it, but I don’t feel like it reached its full potential for a few reasons. The story got to be a tad predictable. Each kill was different, but in a routine way. I’m not sure if that makes sense, but it was kind of like each kill followed a formula. Get to house, approach person, something minor goes wrong, person chooses, Patsy leaves. In addition, I didn’t feel like the characters experienced much growth. They felt pretty one note and I had a hard time buying all the way into the romance. I just felt like Patsy and Wyatt really didn’t have a reason to like each other. Lastly, the “government conspiracy plot” is getting a little old to me. Maybe if I had read this book a few years ago, I’d have liked it better, but this is just another book where a girl has some random skill and the government tries to use her. Then she defeats the government (that part doesn’t happen in this book, but I’m pretty sure it’s a series so we’ll get there).
Overall I thought the book was alright. I’m glad I read it and I’ll probably read the sequel. According to Goodreads the sequel, Strike, is due out March 2016.
Overall Rating: 3
Violence: Heavy. A lot of killing, some gore.
Sexual Content: Moderate