Pawn by Aimee Carter

Title: Pawn
Author: Aimee Carter
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1  
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: November 26, 2013

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


Overall, I found Pawn to be rather "meh".

The dystopian world was rather "meh". It isn't really anything we haven't seen before. Citizens take a test when they come of age which determines their ranking in society and thus, their quality of life. The system favors the higher numbers and so there are those who wish to disable it. The only thing of note is that the ruling family is at war with themselves and heavily involved in the rebellion, which created an interesting family dynamic.

The plot was also rather "meh". I don't feel like a whole lot happened, really. The masking part was interesting but I feel like most of the book was about Kitty becoming Lila, with very little action until a family feud at the end. I wouldn't say I got bored, this book was too short to feel bored, but I definitely wasn't wholly invested either.

Kitty herself was rather "meh" too. I didn't not like her, but I didn't particularly like her either. She didn't have much of a personality to illicit much of an opinion. If anything, she was a little dull. And the first opportunity she has to make some noise and she balks. But I did really like Benji if that makes any difference at this point.

The fact that I have been reading some amazing books lately probably doesn't do this one any favors. Truthfully, it pales in comparison. But again, it is not that there was anything that I didn't like, it just wasn't very memorable or "wow"-ing. But if dystopian is your genre-of-choice, you may have more love for this one. And I have hope for the sequel, which I've heard good things about!

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