Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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From the Publisher: 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 really had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book. I knew I had to read it because I loved all of the books in the Goddess Test series and anything else she wrote had to be amazing.
The book blurb wasn’t super helpful. What’s a VII? Is it a roman numeral seven or is it “vee”? But it didn’t matter – Aimee Carter wrote it, so I had to read it. And I wasn’t disappointed. The world she created has a caste system based on intelligence. But once you take the test (at seventeen) and are given your rank and assignment, it can never be changed. And for Kitty Doe, choosing a life of prostitution was better than the III and assignment she was given. And that choice changed her life.
I admit, I was surprised by how easily Kitty adjusted to her new life masquerading as Lila Hart. She was truly a pawn, being used for both sides, but she handled herself like a champ. In this book, the rebellion itself wasn’t a primary focus. This book was all about character development and world-building. The awesome thing about that is the second book will likely not hit a sophomore slump because we’ll get into the meat of the intended story arc.
I truly hope that Kitty is able to help the rebellion from her new station and that the caste system is abolished so that all humans are treated as humans. It’s horrifying to see how anyone less than a IV is treated in her world. And one scene in particular – when they go hunting – is harder to read than others. If things go the way I hope they do in the next books, people will once again be treated as people. And that’s a world I hope Kitty gets to live in.
What Others Are Saying:
- All Things UF: PAWN has potential to be a very compelling and exciting new dystopian novel. It gets off to a rough start and its not till a ways into the book that a truly fascinating plot with dangerous possibilities comes forward.
- Book Jems: This book had mystery, corruption, greed. It had moments that made me hate what humanity had become. And it had twists that surprised the hell out of me because I didn’t see most of them coming.
- The Reader Lines: The writing style, the world building, the political factor, everything was well described.The incredible plot, the twist and turns, the surprising moments that left me jaw dropped. I loved every little part of Pawn.