Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Book Review: Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1)

Release Date: November 26, 2013
AuthorAimée Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Length: 352 pages


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.


Protagonist: On her seventeenth birthday Kitty is branded a III after taking the government's fair and equal placement test, but as a three Kitty is nearly a second-class citizen. She can barely afford to pay to live and is expected to die by age forty. However she is offered a way out, a way to be a VII an exclusive title only given to the Prime Minister and his family, and with a choice like that it's hard to refuse. Now she's trapped in the body of the Prime Minister's niece after being Masked and is being used to smash out a rebellion or those she loved from her life as Kitty, will die. I really love Kitty's strength and how she's not afraid to die for what she believes in, but with the strength comes one very large weakness, she won't let others die for her actions, which made her fairly easy to manipulate. Her growth throughout the book is incredible, it's something that is easily seen, yet still retains a bit of subtlety to it. It's really beautiful to see Kitty from the beginning and Lila/Kitty in the end and compare the two and how Kitty has matured and gained confidence in herself and her beliefs.

Romance: I have absolutely no complaints for this romance. While I maybe could have done without Kitty having a boyfriend from the get-go seeing as how I like seeing the two characters meet and seeing a relationship grow rather than having love interests saying "I love you" starting from the first few chapters, but in this book it seemed to really work. There is a rather small hint of a love triangle present, though it may take another book or so to really heat up, as in this one it rather ambiguous. If the author decides to go on with the love triangle and really delve into it I'd be happy, because both guys are great and for once I have no real preference one way or another, but if she decides that it would just be something hinted at here and there but not really expanded upon I'd also be happy with that. So, unless the author ruins the love interest(s) for me, I'd say this is probably one of the best romances I've seen all year.

World-Building: So, this book is dystopian, and it borrows themes from a lot of other dystopian novels, including but not limited to, The Hunger Games, The Selection, and a bit of Divergent. Now while it has some of these themes, it ends up seeming very unique and I couldn't get enough of it. It seems to mix the classic story of The Prince and the Pauper and give it a great dytopian twist. The villains in this book are absolutely despicable and horrendous, and yet they have a great sense of charisma that made me nearly agree with their disturbing agenda which is one trait in an antagonist that I admire. Let's not even get into the Hart family itself, in addition to the great villains of Prime Minister Hart and his mother, come Celia, his sister, Knox, Lila's fiancee, and my favorite character Greyson, his son, this family is so dysfunctional that while I was reading this book I felt as though I had the most normal family in the world.

Predictability: Now this book has a way of being predictable as to what will happen but the twist will come in as to how  these things are presented. Okay, that's not 100% true, there are moments that really shocked me and there were things that I didn't think would happen during this book in the series. As to what I said before though, there is one twist that seemed more like an inevitability the further on in the book I got, but when it happened and more importantly how it happened were the things that really shocked me. I was utterly speechless at parts and I loved every surprise that this book had to offer and it all led to an amazing ending and a few shockers there too.

Ending: Great ending! While there wasn't a huge cliffhanger, there is a bit of one at the end of this book. It didn't make me me burn for the next installment, but at the same time I'm not entirely sure that I won't be begging for more in another month or so. This world the author has created is so captivating that it alone will probably make me crave more sooner or later. All in all I liked the ending it gave a god note of finality to this installment while making it abundantly clear that this is only the first in what looks to be an amazing series.


It's going to be really hard to praise this dynamic first installment more than I already have because there aren't words positive enough to explain this book it's beyond fantastic and if you are looking for a good dystopian read after reading Allegiant look no further because I can guarantee you will absolutely fall in love with Pawn, and soon the entire Blackcoat Rebellion series.


1 comment:

  1. It's great to see that you liked this book because I've seen mixed reviews! I'll definitely be picking this one up!