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 literally could not wait for this book to come out. It seemed like such a great idea for a story, and even as I was reading it I loved the elements it explored as a dystopia. Not to mention that the cover is AMAZING. I felt like it perfectly embodied what the whole story meant, just like Kat Zhang’s Hybrid Chronicles books.
The characters were great, all except for Kitty. It wasn’t that I disliked Kitty, she was actually very likable, but she was average. She went through the same phase of oh, I just found out that my government is corrupt–and it actually took her longer to get over than I would’ve liked. After muddling through however, she won me back with the way she held onto her values. I loved the relationship and loyalty between her and her boyfriend, Benjy, and the dialogue between him and Lila’s fiancé, Knox.
As for the other characters, I continue to admire Carter’s genuine talent to create horrifying evil, both in characters and in world-building. Augusta, head of the Hart family, and Daxton completely convinced me of their positions as the villains here right from the start. That would’ve been fine by itself, but the way that Carter is able to reveal both Daxton and Augusta as humans as well really impressed me. I continue to find that in both the GODDESS TEST series and PAWN that I can sympathize with characters that I absolutely love to hate, and that is amazing.
I appreciated the good balance of romance here, but I’m going to be blunt–if you’re looking for a romance, this is not your book. The sacrifices and challenges that the different characters, but mostly Benjy and Kitty, go through are real and true and fit right in with the rest of PAWN, but it might not be the best for fans of widely romance-themed dystopias like DIVERGENT or THE HUNGER GAMES. Honestly, this is a great refresher of a book and I really appreciate the lack of a love triangle.
There were so many things to love about this story, the plot, the themes of political intrigue and futuristic ideals, the pacing, the LACK OF A LOVE TRIANGLE, the crisp and fearless writing–but there were also things I wish there were more of. In short, definitely more of a back story as to many of the characters (mostly the Hart family) and Greyson. It was really interesting what I got to see of him in PAWN and I do hope that his talents, faults and personality will be taken into account in the next book in this surprisingly pleasant series. 4 stars.
pg count for the ebook: 346
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion
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