Pawn by Aimee Carter
Genre: YA Dystopia
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Release Date: Nov 26 / 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
You can be a VII. If you give up everything.For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.
*A copy was provided by the publisher for review*
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Pawn was quite a interesting story and I have conflicted thoughts on it. One part of me enjoyed the book very much but the other part questions almost everything that Kitty does and how the society is.
Kitty Doe failed the one test that mattered in her life and received a III. She was below average and was about to live the rest of her miserable life until someone offered to give her a VII. She accepted the offer, naturally. We are then going into the revengeful lives of the Harts, who are all dead bent on killing each other for power.
One thing that bothered me was the society. We weren't really given much historical background on how the way things are came to be. I also didn't understand the kind of person Lila Hart is. She's quite the rude and snotty person. Kitty's relationship with Benjy didn't convince me either. I know that Benjy was the nicest person to her at the orphanage but I don't really see anything about Benjy worth swooning or appreciating.
The good thing was the plot and the premise. I really like this idea of this test to determine your rank for life. It's quite intriguing and I love reading about the different people's lives. The plot was also nicely paced and there were definitely lots of action going on. The ending was story-changing. I imagine that now the powers have been shifted and Kitty must deal with the next problem in Captive.
Pawn is a refreshing dystopian novel. It's got quite a different feel to it and it's going okay so far despite the few problems I have with it. I would recommend it to dystopian fans for sure.