ARC Review: Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) by Aimee Carter
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Pawn by Aimee Carter
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Published by: Harlequin Teen on November 26, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, YA
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About the Book:
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 by Aimee Carter is pretty dang spectacular. This is my first trip into Carter’s imagination and I have to say, I was very delighted and quite fascinated with her complex Dystopian, well-rounded characters, thrilling plot and her overall ability to create something so unique in a saturated genre. Pawn blew my mind – EPICALLY – and left me breathless page after gut-wrenching page. My heart pounded nonstop in my chest as I rooted for Kitty to find peace in a world that was hell-bent on giving her anything but. The vibrant world in Pawn gleams right off the pages and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fresh Dystopian premise.
Kitty Doe, our main character, lives in a disturbing world where everyone is trained to think that if you are smart enough and have something to offer, you can become an esteemed member of society and live a good life. However, if you happen to be a criminal, an elderly person, or just a low-level (I’s and II’s), then you could be sent to Elsewhere – a dark twisted place you can never escape. So all you have to do is study, try really hard, and in the meantime – don’t screw up. Rules our main character lived by every day. However, from the very first page, we discover Kitty’s life is falling apart and the dreams she once held were shattered all because she made a III on her test because of her dyslexia. And like a rock tumbling over a cliff with no hope of a safe landing, Kitty’s life is forever changed by one menacing event after another.
The best part about Pawn is by far the world. When the revelations being to make themselves known, and boy are there some EPIC plot twists, readers are able to see just how crazy and cruel the family in charge of the country truly is. The lengths the Hart’s are willing to go just to keep their invisible throne. I would even say they are a little sadistic…I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to physically reach through a book and smack someone so much. You will loathe, to the bottom of your soul, the family that tries to kill Kitty’s spirit and bend her to their will. Thank the book goddess Kitty is feisty, smart, and wise enough to make tough decisions when necessary. We see her struggle to make a life for herself and deal with the choices she’s made all the while attempting to stay true to herself and her beliefs.
Not only did I enjoy the world, but I also adored Carter’s prose. Her writing was very faced-paced and managed to cleverly depict her world and characters without info-dumping and sounding completely unbelievable. As I earlier stated, this is my first time reading her work and I am looking forward to picking up more of her novels (The Goddess Test seems to be the one everyone is raving about). Her characters are full of life, even the evil ones. The only thing that might have seemed a little far-fetched to me is the sadistic granny. Nevertheless, she made for a solid villain. Hidden in the novel is also a sweet love story between Kitty and her childhood friend Benjy. Thankfully, there is no love triangle and these sweethearts are allowed to overcome the obstacles of society to be together. And trust me, this is no easy feat.
Overall, Pawn is brilliant. It’s a novel I highly recommend adding to your Dystopian collection. Nothing about this story is slow and if you allow your imagination to run wild while reading, I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised.