I received this book for free from NetGalley, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on November 26th, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: NetGalley, requested from publisher
YOU CAN BE A VII IF YOU GIVE 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 thought Pawn had such wonderful potential, and I really wanted to love it, but when the main character tends to do things just for the sake of others, with no mind of her own, I tend to start disliking everything she does. Maybe she’s vulnerable now, but will be stronger in the future?
The government with the Harth family being the head has devised a system where each new adult will be placed in a caste system. Not original but the idea behind it always intrigued me. I wished there was more backstory as to how this came to be. I did like the family dynamics in this one. There was so much family drama, that I focused on loving that aspect of the book. I really did like the world that Carter set up and I wanted more world building in general.
There’s a lot of romance and cheesiness in this one. Lots of laments about how much they love each other and even arguments. But at least Kitty and Benji knew each other when they were younger. That gives some credibility to their love instead of love at first sight since they’re already together before the book starts. This one was over the top. Why did Kitty just go with the flow? Why didn’t she act on the fact that these people are only using her? I get that she’s trying to keep Benjy safe, but really.. What about her own life? As for the Hath family.. They are one dysfunctional murderous, conniving family. Minus maybe Greyson, but he had no backbone.
For fans who love a good romance, set in a dsystopian world, make sure to grab this one!