ARC Review: Pawn by Aimee Carter

Posted October 8, 2013 by Bee in Reviews / 4 Comments

ARC Review: Pawn by Aimee Carter


by Aimee Carter
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Pages: 346
Published on November 26th 2013
by Harlequin Teen
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

Also by this author: The Goddess Test, Pawn, Captive


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 received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4.5 Stars

Even though there probably are a million other books in this genre, it still is surprisingly original. And it kept me hooked from the first page until the last. I couldn’t put it down at all and yes, that resulted in me staying up way to late to read this book.

In Pawn we meet Kittie Doe. She lives in an America that’s very different from the one we know. About 70 years ago, it was destroyed and someone rebuild it with a system. On your seventeenth birthday, you have to take a test and it will determine which level you’ll be. I being the lowest and VII the highest, but that one’s only for the Hart family. Kittie doesn’t have parents and lives in a group home. She’s an Extra and just got a III on the back of her neck. Which for her means she’d be better off dead. In order to stay with her boyfriend Benjy, she chooses to ignore the assignment she received from the government, sewer maintenance in Denver, to become a prostitute in a club. But then someone gives her another option. She could be a VII. She knows there’s a catch, but everything is better than a life as a III. Soon she finds herself as a pawn in a dangerous game. One wrong move means her death.

It’s hard to explain the system in this world for me, but it is pretty original. Yes, it’s similar to all the other ones out there, but I’d say it’s impossible to think of something that isn’t. You only have so many options in this genre. The writing was great, Aimee certainly knew how to keep me reading. There wasn’t really a lot of action, but that didn’t bother me. The story was interesting and I loved the tension she created. You know there going to happen something bad, but when it happens, you’re not prepared at all. Enter awesome, shocking plot twists. A very good way to keep someone reading. And I never knew who to trust. So very well done, Aimee! There was a bit of romance in this book, but it wasn’t the main thing. It was something on the side, which I liked because a romance can easily take over the story in a bad way. And it’s not insta-love.

I loved Kittie. She got spunk, she was stubborn and relatable. And she never forgot where she came from. Just awesome. I loved Benjy, he was so sweet and caring and protective. And Nina was kind and loving. So many great characters. Augusta and Daxton gave me chills and Knox… I can’t help but root for him and Kittie even though there isn’t anything but friendship between them. Sorry Benjy!

With great world-building, an interesting plot, just enough action and a main character that’s relatable, this book is one of the better Dystopian books out there. I recommend it to fans of books like The Hunger Games, The Selection,… (I guess Divergent too, but I haven’t read that one yet so…) You get it, fans of Dystopian novels. It’s really a great book!




About Aimee Carter

Aimée Carter was born and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. Her first novel for young adults, THE GODDESS TEST, will be published by Harlequin Teen on April 19th, 2011. The sequel, GODDESS INTERRUPTED, will follow in January 2012.

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4 responses to “ARC Review: Pawn by Aimee Carter

  1. Wow, this book sounds pretty interesting!! It’s the first time I actually read something about it (I saw this cover a couple of times but it didn’t appeal to me very much…).
    I understand that the idea was pretty similar to the other dystopians, but the good writing and loveable main character are enough to make me want to read this book.

    Great review!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Sapir @ Diary of a Wimpy Teen Girl

  2. Jessica@a GREAT read

    OOh nice review! I FINALLY got approved for this one and plan on reading it shortly. Just have one book I’m reading now to finish and then two other novellas and then it’s Pawn time!!

    Very much looking forward to this since I LOVED Aimee’s Goddess Test series. I’m eager for more of her writing! And since I liked Divergent…as that’s one of the very few “straight” dystopians I’ve read–ie other books I’ve read have had dystopic settings, yet there was an added paranormal element to the story–I am anxious to read this one!

    Once again, very nice review! 😀

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