Published in: 2013
Edition read: Paperback
Series: Book 1 in the Blackcoat Rebellion
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.
This was a surprising read. I expected angsty teen drama, silly love triangles, and one-dimensional characters. Instead I got an addictive read about a post-apocalyptic America that was ‘brought out of the darkness by one enterprising president’ who turned out to be psychotic because hey, they are killing people they deem unproductive members of society. It was quite easy to picture the orange potato that currently runs the USA as being this president.
Anyways. The mystery of the rebellion, who Lila really was, what on earth is happening with Daxton, and the yummy Knox (although there is also the yummy Benji) was a page-turner that had me wanting more. The dystopian world is quite simple but clearly defined, the characters were interesting and well-developed, the story itself was really good and you couldn’t help but be outraged at the Hart’s, and at Daxton, and want him dead.
Pawn rating: 8/10
Would I re-read it? Yes!
Who would I recommend it to? For fans of dystopian teen fiction like Divergent, the 5th Wave, the Hunger Games, etc.
Author’s website: http://www.aimeecarter.com/blackcoat-rebellion.html
Book depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Pawn-Aimee-Carter/9780373210558