Friday, 27 December 2013

Review: Pawn by Aimee Carter

Title: Pawn
Author: Aimee Carter
Author Info: Website|Blog|Twitter|Facebook
Genre: Dystopia
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: 3rd January 2013

Tell Me About It
Are you more than the number on the back of your neck?

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.
My Thoughts
After already reading, and loving Aimee's Goddess Test series I knew that Pawn was a must read book, when it came up on netgalley I HAD to request it, and what made this even better was I got it on instant approval, so you can imagine how ridiculously excited I was.

The world Aimee has created in Pawn is a dystopian world, with resources running out a decision was made to segregate people into numbers, each number reflected your worth and value in the world, and how useful you are. The lower the number tattooed onto the back of your neck, the less worthwhile you were. The rules are tough, and all rule breakers and criminals are captured and sent Elsewhere, to be hunted down and killed like animals.

Kitty Doe is the protagonist, who I instantly liked, and also wanted to bring her home to look after her. So when she was forced to make a life changing decision without knowing exactly what was happening, I began to worry. When the true extent of what she went through, being Masked, was revealed I was shocked and felt so sorry for her. She was given no say in the matter about what happened to her, but I think she outdid herself with how well she adapts and copes with her new reality and all the secrets that it brings.
I thought the world Kitty lived in was hard, but seeing her have to pretend to be Lila and see everything that the VII's do, yet pretend it doesn't affect her is even harder, I was horrified at what they do for sport and how they treat each other, all the backstabbing and bribery to get themselves where they want to be.

One of the scary things about Pawn is how real the book feels. While we don't live in a world like this, overcrowding is already a problem in a lot of countries and it just brings the issue closer. How far can we push and squeeze people into a country till it literally can't fit anymore. How strict will the rules be when this happens, and what sacrifices will have to be made in order to sustain the people and the country?

Pawn was an unputdownable read that had me constantly on edge, just when you think Kitty has it all sorted out something else is thrown into the mix to make you guess again. Even down to not knowing what choices Kitty would make kept me guessing what would happen. The last few chapters were not something I expected, both in revealed secrets and also peoples actions and I can't wait to see what happens when the next book is released.

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