To pay off her mother’s massive debt, Patsy Klein becomes a government assassin.
In this modern-day dystopia, the United States is finally out of debt thanks to Valor National Bank, which now owns the government. Valor National is not only calling in its debts, but turning to helpless victims of the ongoing bad economy to serve as its debt collectors (because nobody reads the fine print when signing up for a credit card). Seventeen-year-old Patsy can either call on 10 other individuals underwater with debt and have her out-of-work mother’s insurance bills wiped clean or be murdered on the spot. Her story is not for the faint of heart. Erstwhile yarn bomber Patsy instantly becomes a kick-ass killer, as each debt collection also becomes a kill-or-be-killed situation. With the police force incommunicado, it’s guns that do most of the talking. The quick pace still leaves room for possible romance when Wyatt, the son of Patsy’s first hit, unwittingly becomes her backup—and a potential target later on down the list. Their sexual tension and banter add fuel to the suspense, especially when Patsy starts to make connections about her hit list and uncovers clues about the new “government.”
Practically movie ready, this novel will satisfy fans of thrillers and dystopias alike. (Thriller. 14-18)