Written by Aimee Carter
Published November, 2013 by Harlequin Teen
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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.
Though it took a little time to really pick up, Pawn was a surprisingly easy and enjoyable read. More simplistic than it’s fellow dystopian shelf-sitters, the plot and world of Aimee Carter’s new series is quite straightforward and the characters are easy keep track of. I liked this one more than I thought I would!
I hadn’t heard much about this book going in, but I did enjoy Aimee Carter’s debut The Goddess Test and thought I’d try her new dystopian series. As far as premises go, it was pretty ‘eh’ and I wasn’t completely sold on the idea. It didn’t sound too out of the ordinary as far as dystopians go, but when I saw it in the library I wondered what I had to lose.
Pawn wasn’t too exciting to begin with, although we were thrust straight into the world of Kitty Doe and the other ‘Doe’ (second children) kids. Kitty had just come from her ‘test’, something all citizens must take once they reach seventeen. These tests determine what ranking a person has in society. Kitty scored a below average ‘III’, and this influences everything that happens from here on in.
As our main character, Kitty already has an established love interest with fellow Doe, Benjy. For the most part, nothing really struck me about their love story or Benjy himself. I found him to be quite boring. Their love story wasn’t passionate or thrilling, being based on a live shared together since they were kids. I thought of the two as best friends more than anything else. Despite this, Kitty’s love for Benjy remains a strong theme throughout the rest of the book. I just wasn’t into it.
Things start to get interesting once Kitty is ‘masked’ as Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s dead niece. Here we meet Knox, Lila’s betrothed. He was a lot more interesting than Benjy, but there isn’t really a love triangle here despite the mock relationship he and Kitty have to uphold.
The foes in Pawn were creepily good – Daxton, Augusta and to an extent, Celia. The stakes are high in this new world and Kitty has to keep her toes in line AND secretly keep the fire of revolution burning. It’s no easy task for someone who was set to be a sewer cleaner.
This book was enjoyable, but it was simplistic. It was a straightforward dystopian world with elements that were easy to keep track of. There isn’t a huge cast of characters, but somehow I couldn’t get past just ‘liking’ them to ‘loving’ them. I’m not quite sure what was missing, but I am sure it affected my rating. Despite all this, I was able to read Pawn quite quickly.
There are a number of twists that I didn’t see coming with this one, too, which was great. The scene is also set for the second book, Captive and I am interested in seeing how it all plays out. Am I dying for the next instalment? No. But I will pick it up if I happen to come across it.
Recommended to: If you like an easy, straight-forward dystopian read – Pawn is the book for you.