Thursday, January 5, 2017

Review: Pawn by Aimee Carter

The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Hardcover, 343 pages
Published by Harlequin Teen
Release Date:  November 26th 2013


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.

Reese's Reviews:
Pawn is a dystopian novel set in a world that uses the caste system with seven levels. When everyone reaches the age of 17 they have to take a test that decides where in the caste system each person belongs. The highest level anyone below a seven can achieve is a 6. While it’s told to everyone that it’s equal opportunity the whole system is actually rigged.

The story starts off with out main character Kitty who just scored a 3 on the test, which is almost the lowest of the low. Her job assignment will be working manual labor in the sewers. The lower classes rarely live long. Kitty didn’t score low because she’s dumb, but actually because she needs more time on tests and they didn’t give it to her. Now she will have to leave her boyfriend and love of her life as well as the orphanage and only family she ever had.

When Kitty feels all hope is lost Kitty’s friend offers her a job working as an escort, only things don’t go as planned. The Prime Minister offers her a job, without telling her what it is, but better than working in the sewers. Kitty takes it, and when she wakes up she ends up with a new identity. Kitty is now required to take the role of the Prime Ministers niece who had an “accident.” Kitty’s job is to become Lila Hart and take down the revolution Lila started. Now things are really complicated and the world around Kitty is very sick but Kitty has no other options except to play along with their plans, while starting a revolution of her own.

The world of Pawn was very interesting. I thought the whole dystopian world was unique and different than anything I’ve read to date. Aimee Carter seems to be a very gifted write. This is the first time I’ve read anything by her, but it won’t be the last.

The reason I’m giving this story a 3.5 out of 5 is because of Kitty. I really did not like her character after she got her face changed into Lila. I thought after reading about her past and how she had to grow up street smart that we would get a stronger character, but that was not the case. Kitty came across as super whiney and honestly she really is just a pawn in this story. When she tries to take control of things in her life it never seems to go well for anyone and people always end up hurt.

Overall Pawn was a decent story, but I don’t think after reading the reviews for the next book I will be reading the next two books.

Aimée Carter is the author of multiple series for young adults and middle grade readers. The Goddess Test and The Blackcoat Rebellion young adult series are both out now from Harlequin Teen. Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den, the first in the Simon Thorn middle grade series, is out now from Bloomsbury US/UK. Simon Thorn and the Viper's Pit, the sequel, will be released in February 2017.

She is represented by Rosemary Stimola of Stimola Literary Studios and can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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