Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Source: Publisher for Review
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Dystopian
Cover Review: This cover is gorgeous and definitely has a significance towards what's inside the book, so I love it!
Tagline: The first move is hers...
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Main Character: Kitty Doe
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.
Pawn is about a teenager named Kitty, who lives in a society where you take a test at the age of 17 in order to find your place. This test basically assesses how smart you are. The thing is, Kitty is an orphan and doesn't know how to read. She always got by in school by her best friend, Benjy, writing all of her work for her and he even tried to teach her how to read, but she just couldn't. When Kitty's birthday finally comes around, she takes the test and ends up with a III. She was at least hoping for a IV, but she didn't get to finish because she didn't know how to read. It's clear that she is, in fact, really smart though, considering that she got a III and she didn't even finish. Some people take the entire test and end up with only a I or a II.
Since Kitty is a III, she won't live the life with her boyfriend Benjy like she was hoping she would. Benjy would of course score a IV or higher and she just didn't want to bring down his quality by marrying him. So Kitty decides to run away and work with Tabs in her business. On Kitty's first night on the job, she's sold for a lot of money. She's led upstairs and is met by Daxton from the royal Hart family.
Daxton makes a proposition to Kitty: she can either become a VII (which you have to be born into to attain) or she can be sent to Elsewhere, where nobody ever comes back. Of course Kitty decides on becoming a VII, though she doesn't know what's required of her. She wakes up a few weeks later looking just like Lila Hart, the prime minister's niece. Lila died and citizens weren't told about it, so it's being covered up since Lila has the same exact colored eyes as Kitty. Lila has to try to stop the rebellion that Lila started as well as keep up the act of being Lila. She even has to marry Knox, the man Lila is engaged to.
Kitty was such a great main character. Kitty cared about her loved ones and she was very good at solving mysteries. Her love for Benjy was evident and I absolutely loved it. Benjy was such a great boyfriend; I loved the stories of Kitty and him together when they were younger. They've always been there for each other, and that's not about to change now.
Daxton was really bothersome to me, though he's supposed to be. He kept Kitty in the dark on a lot of things, as he never really told her where she would be going or what she would be doing. Celia was really sweet for the most part. She loved her daughter and was astonished that they were getting someone to become her daughter, as Daxton nor Augusta really told Celia what they were going to do either. Augusta, Daxton and Celia's mom, was just the ruler of the family. She knew what she wanted and she would stop at nothing to get it, even if it meant bringing others down to keep up an act. Greyson, Daxton's son, would be the heir after Augusta and Daxton died. He was really interested in inventing things and I really loved him. He was always there for Kitty. Last but not least... KNOX. Knox was my all-time favorite character from this book. He was engaged to Lila before she died, though she never really liked him that way. Knox was willing to do anything to help Kitty out and he was very sympathetic to her. I loved him so much!
This story was so enticing. I'm really interested in science fiction worlds where there's some sort of class system, such as the ranks in Pawn. I found it really cool that there was a test that had to be taken in order to find which rank they'd be, and their rank would then determine the rest of their lives. I really loved the whole Hart family. Just learning about each member specifically and what they were like... it was just so fun to read about. There were many mysteries going on as well, which was really fun. Kitty was really nice and she was willing to do anything to protect those that she loved, which is definitely an admirable trait. The ending is full of so many twists; I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! There's definitely many that you won't see coming.
I actually read this book in two days because I just couldn't put it down. I couldn't stop thinking about it. I can't wait to read the sequel, because this is definitely a must read!
Recommended for fans of:
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Black City by Elizabeth Richards
Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!