Review: Pawn by Aimee Carter

pawnPAWN (The Blackcoat Rebellion, Book #1)
Aimee Carter
Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: November 26, 2013

From the back cover:


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.

Previously titled Masked.

I readily admit that I haven’t read a lot of dystopian fiction. I usually tend to stick to contemporary YA, but lately, I’m trying to branch out whenever the book blurb catches my eye. PAWN intrigued me from the moment I read the blurb and an excerpt of the first chapter. I wanted to know more about the ranking system, and more about how Kitty was going to become a pawn to the most powerful family in the country.

Kitty reminded me (a lot) of Katniss from The Hunger Games. This might be because of the similarity to their ‘cat’ names, or because The Hunger Games is one of the few dystopians that I have actually read, but whatever it was, I immediately made the correlation. However, where I never really connected with Katniss or understood why she did the things she did, I readily empathized with Kitty and rooted for her. I enjoyed the fact that she knew who she was from the get-go and although she became the Hart family’s pawn, she never let it change her.

She is a strong character that thinks only of a future with her boyfriend Benji, even as she is forced to jump through the endless hoops the ruling family has set before her. She is extremely loyal to those she loves, which makes for a strong motivator, and she also is very intelligent and street smart despite the fact that she is dyslexic and cannot read. All of these traits make her a heroine that you want to see succeed.

Beyond characterization, Aimee Carter excels at penning a fast-paced thriller with never ending twists and turns. Just when you think you’ve reached a lull in the story, she throws you for another loop. There is never a dull moment, which makes PAWN very hard to put down once you’ve started it.

PAWN is full of political intrigue, plenty of thrills and a dash of sweet romance that is sure to appeal to all lovers of YA, even those who don’t normally read the dystopian genre. I can’t wait for the continuation of this new series with the second book, CAPTIVE!


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