Book Review: Pawn by Aimee Carter

Posted January 19, 2014 by Kara in book review, Kara / 14 Comments

Book Review: Pawn by Aimee CarterPawn by Aimée Carter
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on November 26th, 2013
Genres: dystopia, science fiction, young adult
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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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 enjoyed every second of this book. In fact, it was so close to me giving it 5 stars that I can almost NOT justify giving it 4. But I have a few tiny nitpicks, and actually I rated this a 4.5 on Booklikes, so it was a super close to perfect read for me. It’s incredibly hard at this point to find a dystopian with some originality. Almost everything has been covered and the genre is so saturated. But somehow, Pawn managed to bring it. The ideas are similar to others out there while being not quite the same.

The world-building might be a bit flimsy (incidentally this is where I made a deduction), but the plot makes up for it. The pacing is breakneck and there is never a dull moment. Seriously, this is one hard book to put down. It’s loaded with twists and I actually drooled at one point I was so entranced. That’s hard to admit as drooling is pretty embarrassing, but it gets worse. When one of the twists was revealed toward the end, I actually said a few swear words out loud and spit flew out. I haven’t been this shocked by a book in a while. Clearly. 

The plot is pretty simple. Or at least it begins that way. Kitty is a teenage girl who grows up in dystopian D.C., not knowing her parents because they gave her up since, in this society, you are only allowed to have one child. Kitty is an extra, and thus, her last name must be Doe. She goes to take her aptitude test and is only given a III on a scale of I-VII, VII being the highest. This means that she will be stuck doing menial labor the rest of her life, and since she is an extra, she’ll be shipped off to Denver to work in the sewers there. Rather than leave Benjy, her dear boyfriend, she decides to stay in D.C. and work underground as a prostitute (I KNOW) until Benjy takes his aptitude test and then they can get married. On her first night as a prostitute, she is bid on by the Prime Minster his self, and offered a deal she cannot refuse. What occurs from then on is a mesmerizing mindfuck of a book that I cannot recommend more. 

And you know, another area where the book excelled was in its characters. I loved Kitty and Benjy, and I loved their relationship. I thought it was refreshing that a protagonist started off IN a relationship instead of falling ass-backwards into one. Every other character was interesting in one way or another, too. Some were outright evil, but a few were ambiguous and I am still not sure what the deal is. I suspect that was intended, and I am really looking forward to seeing what twists the author throws at us in the next book. I expect brilliance because Pawn was nothing less than. I think this might be my new favorite series, like really.

There isn’t a whole lot to nitpick here, but due to the lackluster world-building (but I swear, with that plot you will hardly notice) and what I felt was not enough imagery or setting visuals, the writing itself was a little dull for me. Honestly though, it was an almost perfect book and I do recommend it to anyone looking to read on late into the night. I know that’s a cliche thing to say but it’s true. I read this late into the night. 

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14 responses to “Book Review: Pawn by Aimee Carter

  1. YAY for a couple that are in a relationship BEFORE the book starts – love that!

    Although I’m a bit of a world-building fanatic it sounds like this one would hold my attention and overlook that small issue 😉

    Great review, I’m going to have to read this one asap!

  2. I loved Aimee Carter’s Goddess series, so I’m really, really interested in reading this one. It just sounds so good! That’s too bad that there was a lack of world building, but it’s nice when that doesn’t totally matter because the book is still good. Can’t wait to read it!

    • I am glad that you loved it, because I have heard from a couple friends of mine that it is not good. So maybe it’s not all bad after all. I do have the first book in the series so I am hoping I like it.

  3. I had issues with this book too. I ended up liking it, but I definitely understand and agree with a lot of your points. Plus, i was super confused with who was Team Good and who wasn’t, lol.

    Great review <33

  4. I also thought that the twists were the best aspect of this book. And yes! Reading about an established relationship was such a nice change of pace. I wanted a bit more about Lila and the rebellion (and worldbuilding), but as this is a series, it’s definitely something I can be hopeful for in further installments. And I believe I read this one late into the night as well. 🙂

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