Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
After quite a displeasing debut series by Aimee Carter (The Goddess Test) I wasn’t exactly enthused to try Pawn. However when the early reviews started to roll in, I was surprised by the constant great number of positive feedback Aimee Carter’s latest was receiving. So I hopped on that train, and was not at all dissatisfied.
Kitty Doe hasn’t had the best life. After she was tested and marked as a III, one of the lowest ranks on society ever, at the age of 17, Kitty thinks her life couldn’t get any worse. And it does, instead, she gets offered to spend the rest of her life as a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. However she must be Masked, completely transferred into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece who died just recently–and forget about the people she had once cared deeply for before she was offered the offer. Kitty is a notably strong and independent character, only she’s being forced to be a pawn on a chessboard or her life will end immediately. Even though Kitty has never been able to read, she is still a fairly intelligent main character. She is not easily swayed by anyone, or just acting on things because it’s the right thing to do. She will always think through situations thoroughly, though swiftly before making a big decision. Hasty, ignorant protagonists are always the worse so Aimee Carter made sure there was none of that nonsense.
Here’s something that hasn’t been happening enough lately: equally lovable supporting characters. This twisted society also has twisted people. The supporting characters like Celia and Knox were certainly trying to do good things, but their histories seemed to be blurred out and their motives often felt odd. Nevertheless in the end I still really enjoyed learning about the way they came to be what they are now. Characters like Celia and Knox definitely have their flaws, but I loved them for their uniqueness–I haven’t seen such characters been created like this before.
We most certainly have the obligatory romance. There is a slight nod towards a future love-triangle, but I’m hoping that this will disappear in the next instalment. Anywho, Kitty and Benjy’s romance was already developed before Pawn began. I was not 100% happy with that, I wanted to see the build-up yet having something different is nice once in a while. I felt that their romance was wavering, the further we went into the novel but Kitty’s constant worry for Benjy’s safety was honestly fantastic. It showed that this chemistry was deep and genuine.
My main and pretty much only niggle with Pawn was the plot line. It was truly fantastic, however it felt somewhat hard to follow and with the more elements and mass of characters, it felt like a little too much for me. I loved the idea of faking your identity and becoming someone completely different to oneself but the great quantity of characters, subplots and crazy twists (which I loved, the big one coming but the others were quite shocking) just made Pawn feel awfully convoluted.
A crazily twisted novel with convincing characters and idea, I highly recommend Pawn even if you were not impressed by The Goddess Test.
~Thank you Harlequin Australia for sending this copy!~
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