Book Review: Captive

Posted November 16, 2014 by Kara in book review, Kara / 2 Comments

Book Review: CaptiveCaptive by Aimée Carter
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #2
Published by Harlequin Teen on November 25th, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, young adult
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

It is the most frustrating thing in the world when you have an amazing story wrapped around a dumbass of a protagonist. Seriously. I loved this book. I still do love this trilogy. I am invested in the characters, even the protagonist to some degree, and the author is a master at pacing her novels. But I have to talk about Kitty/Lila. Because she is the reason this book is sitting at 3.5 stars and not 4.5. It is all her fault.

I wrote the following immediately upon finishing the book. This is important to note as it’s pretty incoherent. Mostly because I was angry:

I remember loving the protagonist in the first book. But in this one, oh my geezus is she an idiot. I have never read about the same person making the stupidest mistakes OVER and OVER again like I did in this book. Every time Knox told her not to do something, she did it. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. And it was the wrong decision. And yet people still kept trusting her to do the right thing. LIKE WHY?

And why are all these people inspired by her? What has she actually done to be the “leader” of this revolution? All she has done is give speeches! And not even that many! And they aren’t even that good! I don’t get it. There are other people that have done so much more. It’s just a hard premise for me to get behind.

But the story is suspenseful and it’s a page turner. Aside from my annoyances, I really am invested in this trilogy. The world building is pretty cool and I love the protagonist. But I do not really ship the romance, and good lord was she stupid in this book. I hope this is fixed by the time the final novel comes out. I cannot handle her. What an ignorant fool.

I stand by what I said up there. My opinion has not changed. I want to root for Kitty but she doesn’t listen to anyone. If Knox told her not to go looking for something, she went to look for it. And she would get into trouble and screw up everyone’s plans. Seriously. This girl is going to be the reason the entire rebellion fails. And they keep having faith in her. WHYYYY?

And then all these people are supposedly inspired by her and she is the reason they have become part of the revolution, but what exactly has she done? She accomplished absolutely nothing in this book except to cause trouble for Knox and the revolution! Very frustrating.

And yet I am two books into this trilogy and I am not going to stop now. It’s addictive and that is the most important thing. But lord Jesus I hope her issues are worked out by the final book. I can handle a meek protagonist, an unlikable one, but I cannot handle a STUPID one. This book was a logic fail on almost every level.


2 responses to “Book Review: Captive

  1. You understand my woes. Oh my god. I have trouble wanting to get back in and finish this book. I know it’ll be amazing because the action and the twists and turns have kept me going so far. But the protagonist keeps making dumb choices left and right and it hurts to read. After one too many bad choices, I needed a reprieve with another book. You give me courage to finish this though! Even with all her bad choices you still love the story/series which makes me feel it’s worth braving her cringe-worthy actions for more awesome to come. Also, I may need to save some of this for my review. Haha. Brainstorming via comment. 😉
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