Author: Aimee Carter
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication Date: November 26, 2013
YOU CAN BE A VII IF YOU GIVE 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.
Holy cow! This book can give any daytime soap opera a run for its money. I was very curious about Pawn when I first saw it. I mean that literally, because I don’t think I even read more than the first sentence of the blurb prior to reading the book. Come to think of it, I still haven’t read it. So yes, I got suckered in by a simple, yet beautiful cover. Luckily, the book didn’t totally suck. Did I love it? No. Did I like it and find it entertaining? Yes.
Pawn is set in America during the late 21st century. Everyone takes an aptitude test at the age of seventeen, and that determines where you rank in society. If you rank as a III or lower, then you are stuck with cruddy jobs and a short lifespan. If you rank as a IV – VI, then you get to live on the nice side of the tracks and become an important member of society. Then there are the VIIs. This ranking is reserved strictly for the Hart family who rule the country. Oh boy, is this family a piece of work. Who needs enemies when you have family like them?
Kitty is a smart, clever girl, but scored a III because the aptitude test doesn’t accommodate for things like dyslexia. So she jumped at the opportunity to become one of the elite Hart family, but she had no idea what she was getting into. Kitty became Lila, a pawn in a dangerous game of deceit, murder, betrayal, and blackmail. I didn’t love Kitty, but I didn’t dislike her either. She, along with all of the other characters were enjoyable, but none stood out and wow’d me.
The world-building in Pawn was interesting. I liked how the author took political and social issues that are prevalent today and enhanced them. For instance, the testing is similar to what goes on today, but the author took it to another level. A scary level that doesn’t seem all that farfetched. I was also happy that the romance in this book didn’t overpower the story. It was actually minimal compared to everything else that was going on.
To be honest, Pawn was a little on the ridiculous side. I don’t mean that in a completely bad way, though. I wasn’t joking when I said it could give daytime soap opera run for its money. I laughed several times throughout the book because I used to watch Days of Our Lives with my great-grandma when I was younger, and saw so many similarities between some of the show’s storylines in Pawn. It’s drama with a capital d. I know a lot of people like that kind of stuff, but I can only take so much before the rolling of the eyes begin. I do admit that I found it entertaining. That is, I found it entertaining in the way I occasionally find those Real Housewives shows entertaining. It gets to a point where I just can’t take it seriously.
So to sum it all up, I liked Pawn for the entertainment value, but wasn’t close to being enamored by it. As of now, I’m not sure whether or not I will read the next book. It’s something I’ll definitely have to be in the mood for.