I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Pawn by Aimee Carter
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on November 26th 2013
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.
The beginning of this book was a bit typical for a dystopian. Society is divided, people face a big test when they turn 17 that will decide your position in society. When I started reading Pawn I wasn’t really sure if there was going to be anything that set this book apart from other books. Something that did interest me right away was the number/rank people get tattooed on their neck after the test to determine their place in society, the number is literally your rank and determines what you are worth. The originality came when Kitty, the protagonist, gets turned into another person altogether against her will. She is surgically changed into someone else, literally a different person on the outside, and this concept was a first to me.
While being a different person on the outside, and having to act like that person, I found myself admiring Kitty more and more as the story progressed. She was a great and strong protagonist, a bit reckless and impulsive every now and then. Though I feel that it would have been easy for her to get lost in the luxury of the life she’s given with her new ‘face’, instead she stays true to herself and she keeps to her own morals and values, never really losing who she is in the progress and even growing stronger.
Overall, I’d have to say that the characters where great. Lennox Creed, aka Knox, was one of my favourite characters in Pawn. There’s just something about him that attracts me to a lot of YA guys! I look forward to reading more about him in the next book!
There is romance in this book, and no love-triangle! The only thing that I slightly disliked that the relationship between Kitty and Benjy is that it was already developed. They’ve known each other for a long time already and when the book starts it is already fully developed. It could just be me, but I like to see a relationship grow. I liked Benjy, he is loyal and protective, but I would have liked for his personality to be a bit stronger, or for him to develop some more throughout the story… He is the main love-interest after all.
The plot was fast-paced. Which will have you hooked right away. Action packed and a good dialogue. Lots of plot twists happening, that nearing the end maybe became a little bit much. It was an easy point to overlook though, it actually didn’t bother me as much as it normally would.
A fresh and action packed read that I’d recommend to any lover of the dystopian genre!