Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Publication Date: 1st December 2013 (1st published Nov 2013)
Pages: 346Book Source: Harlequin Teen Aust & NetGalley
Synopsis: 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.
I was introduced to Aimee Carter's writing with The Goddess Test which I liked but obviously not quite enough, as I didn't continue on with the series lol but I love Dystopia and the synopsis of Pawn had me intrigued so I jumped at the chance.
And in that, it didn't disappoint, Pawn has a great premise, okay it won't win 'most original' dystopia but I liked the world building (more of it would have been good) it's pacy and entertaining ... controlled population, caste system, resources awarded according to worth, treachery and political corruption ... what's not to like?
Normally I wouldn't have much positive to say about a story where some of the main characters are dare I say it ... insipid. Don't get me wrong Kitty's likable enough, just flat, I never really established a connection with her, and Benjy ... Benjy who? Knox and Greyson had a bit more depth but once again not enough for me to feel a connection.
Where Aimee Carter does excel is with Prime Minister Daxton, the most vile, repugnant character I've read in YA this year, ughh what an evil piece of excrement! What I wouldn't give to see him strung up by his you know whats and I could probably be convinced to partake in a game of whack the pinata (with a baseball bat) ... *cough* gee where did that come from haha. and Kitty why, oh why??