Published: November 26th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Source: HarlequinTeen via Edelweiss
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.
I’ve been long growing tired of dystopians so when Pawn was first announced and talked about in the blogosphere, I overlooked it and didn’t even both to check it out. Fast forward a few weeks later, and everyone was talking about how awesome it sounded and even advanced reviews were coming in and people were loving it. I decided to look it up on Goodreads and was shocked that this sounded amazing! Totally unique and something different to spice up the tired dystopian trend so I wanted to give it a shot.
Aimee Carter wastes no time in jumping into action and her characters stories. The initial scene is with Kitty and her boyfriend, Benjy in the market when Kitty steals an orange. We quickly learn about the casting system in the futuristic world, and how Kitty has just received her fate and level: She’s a III, which is not good. She will have to work in the sewers, leave her boyfriend and essentially live a life of poverty.
I really liked Kitty a lot. I didn’t have overwhelming feelings for her, but her story was incredibly engaging and I loved seeing her development as a character throughout the story. She had an incredible will and intense loyalty to her loved ones, so you couldn’t help but like her. I also found her struggle with not being able to read heart wrenching, especially as a bookworm, because I couldn’t imagine not being able to enjoy books. She talked so often about trying to learn and failing and it was terribly sad. My favorite quality of Kitty is that no matter how dangerous, or what she was told to do, she always had her own thoughts. Despite being in a dangerous situation, she still made her voice heard and kept her loyalties to who deserved them. Incredible character. Knox, Kitty’s fiancée as Lila, is a DREAMBOAT. I know I should have probably loved Benjy because he was kind, sweet and innocent but KNOX. A lot of the important, high-ranking characters were actually good, which is another part about Pawn I loved. Often in dystopians there are only one or two good guys mixed in with the terrible, government but it was the opposite here.
My favorite aspect of Pawn, hands down, was the world building and the plot. Most dystopians are not realistic to me. This one was. It’s not set incredibly far into the future (or at least it didn’t give that impression with some explanations), and the way people live and the rankings is not something that would be entirely out of the realm of possibility. I liked that aspect, I found I could get more into the story. The plot was fantastic. Pawn is totally unique to anything I’ve read. It was fast paced, hard to put down and a few twists that I didn’t see coming.
Between the engaging characters, fast paced plot and fantastic world building, I think Pawn is one book you shouldn’t pass up. It was one of my favorite dystopians of the year and I will definitely be anxiously waiting for the second book. If you are tired of the dystopian trend, but do love dystopian stories, I highly recommend giving this one a shot!