Pawn by Aimee Carter
Publisher/Year: Harlequin TEEN November 26th 2013
Genre: Post-Apocalypse kinda dystopian
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion Book 1 (AHH LOVE THE NAME)
Other Books From Author: The Goddess Test series
I’ve received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way swayed my opinion, promise!
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.
Pawn is actually the first book in a new dystopian series by Aimee Carter, and it’s very much different from her Goddess series which I’m *frankly* not a big fan of. I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun I had reading this book! I brought it with me on holiday last winter, and by about 100+ pages in, I started REALLY ENJOYING myself. I got so absorbed that when told to get out of my cozy hotel room, I was literally like this:
I’m probably the 29752th person to compliment this book for its world-building, because Pawn‘s portrayal of post-apocalyptic North America was SO COOL. The country has restarted under dictatorship of the Hart family, and society works by a caste system. So what’s new? This caste system works by apparent meritocracy. At the age of 17, every citizen takes an aptitude test that sorts them from the rank I to VII, lowest to highest. Your rank determines your job, products you’re allowed to buy, where you live, etc. I was very impressed by how Aimee Carter took a concept in today’s society and extrapolated it to a highly dramatized, extremely flawed version, I WAS SOLD.
This book follows the story of Kitty, who is sorted as a III. She’s doomed to cleaning the sewage, and she feels at loss with her life… until… wait a second. WHAT?! I went into Pawn with zero expectations. I hadn’t even had the chance to read the synopsis. BAM. Kitty has given up her identity to join the most powerful family in the country. And be the newest pawn in their devious game. DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING.
But if you’re careful—if you protect your pawns and they reach the other side of the board, do you know what happens then? Your pawn becomes a queen.
As Kitty learns to adapt to her new life, she begins to uncover the scabs and wounds of her people that Harts are trying so hard to mask. An uprising is on its way, mysteries crop up left and right, and if there’s one thing I get sucked into, it’s these underground-rebel thrillers. The plot was fast paced, the government was freaking creepy (like honestly), and every one habours a deep dark secret. There was never a dull moment in this book and I FLEW THROUGH IT in like, 5 seconds. It was so good!
Until the ending.
I mean. You have to be kidding right.
If Daxton’s revelation and that “catfight” with Augusta was meant to be climatic… I’m sorry. It was immature and juvenile and made me rethink about picking up the sequel.
I absolutely loved the side characters in this book. There is an almost-love-triangle in this book, but it didn’t bother me because the romance didn’t take on much role. I’m still Team Knox all the way, guys. The feels here are just… so… ugh!! Best partner-in-crime chemistry. The “bad guys” are very well developed. They have depths and it’s not a clear cut case of good and evil. I felt so conflicted reading Pawn because while I hated how corrupt these people were, I sympathized the human emotions that drove them to commit whatever they did.
I loved her, but I have a duty to my country. We all do. And I will not allow us to return to that dark time. My grandson will not go through what I did. No one ever will again.
Pawn wasn’t flawless but it certainly was entertaining. The ending made me really mad!!! What do you think?