29 October, 2013

Review: Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) by Aimèe Carter



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've been looking forward to this book for a while now, ever since I read the summary on goodreads after finding a countdown widget that featured this book. And I must say, this book did not disappoint. From the first moment of opening the book on my iPad through the Kindle app, I was captivated and drawn into the world of Kitty Doe, an orphaned girl in a society where rank is everything. At first glance, the summary itself is a bit misleading, providing that the Kitty is even aware of the choice she's making.

The ranking system, started seventy-five years past, seems to be based upon the caste systems of many cultures, and there are an established set of rules. You take the test, you earn your rank, and you fulfill your assignment. Or... you can rebel. Ranked on your seventeen birthday, your life can change for better or worst depending on how pass the test assigned. The problem is, for all the talk of equality in the test, things really aren't that way. You're set up in a world where the slightest mistake can cost you your life or get you sent Elsewhere.  II's and III's tend to make up the lower end of society, doing the menial jobs such as sewer cleaning or other unpleasant tasks that the upper rankings don't wish to do. When you're born into the lower classes, the highest ranking you can receive is a VI. To get a VII, you have to be born a Hart... or so Kitty thinks. 

Running from her assignment, Kitty finds herself in a less than ideal situation where she's being bid off to the highest payer. The problem is, the moment she finds herself bought by the Prime Minister and given the opportunity to become a VII, Kitty sees it as an opportunity she can't refuse. After all, it's either that or being sent Elsewhere. From there, her life takes a whirlwind spin down the rabbit hole from hell of becoming the most popular face in the country, Lila Hart. 

This book keeps the reader guessing, and there are a fair number of twists that would make even the most stouthearted reader cringe and feel anger at Kitty's predicaments. All in all, I can't wait for the next book of the series to be released.

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