ARC Book Review: Pawn

Pawn CoverBook: Pawn by Aimee Carter

Expected Publication is November 26, 2013 by Harlequin Teen|Expected Number Of Pages: 356

Where I Got It: netgalley.com, which hasn’t influenced my review in any way.  Promise!

Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1

Genre: YA Dystopic

You can find Pawn on Goodreads|You can find Aimee Carter on Twitter, Facebook and her website

Goodreads Summary: 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 have mixed feelings about Pawn.

So: I loved the idea.  The hierarchy really reminded me of The Selection, and there is something very familiar about Pawn. Something about Pawn felt very familiar- almost like I had read it before.  Or at least, something about it is really similar to other books I’ve read.  There were quite a few things that were predictable in a way that made it hard to stay interested in what was going on. Sometimes, I don’t care if a book is on the predictable side, but Pawn, unfortunately, is not one of those books.

Back to the idea: a test that determines your future is pretty interesting, and Kitty’s transformation into Lila Hart is also interesting. The idea that someone can be transformed into someone else so that people don’t know you’re a replacement/double…definitely interesting.  Like, how well would that work in our society?  I feel like it would be really easy to realize that someone is not who thy say they are.

I’m not the biggest fan of Kitty, and I found it was hard to care about her.  She was definitely naive, and that was a bit irritating at times.  I think I would have expected her to be a little less naive than she really is, and it’s because of how she grew up in a group home.  Although, her struggle with reading was slightly interesting, and I wish we saw a bit more of that, because it is the most interesting thing about her.

Overall, I really like the idea of a rebellion against such an important test.  I suppose you could draw some sort of parallels to the SAT’s, and it’s not all that hard to imagine a world where one test determines your entire future.  And Prime Minister being handed off to the next generation is an interesting idea, especially in the U.S.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I liked Pawn, and thought there were some really interesting ideas in Pawn.  I just couldn’t connect with Kitty, and there’s something very familiar about Pawn.  Pawn gets 3 stars.

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