A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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 enjoyed Pawn and think it is a good start to a series I will be reading further in. Nothing about Carter’s dystopian book was completely different from others I’ve read but it didn’t feel overdone either. It was a nice mix of genres and a future that had the feel of the past. The world is split by a ruling caste and people are tested and placed into their roles in society. This is supposedly to give everyone an equal opportunity to be placed in the field and class they are adept at. Of course, the government is corrupt and things are not as they might seem.
Carter’s writing is fast paced and easy to lose yourself in. Certain aspects (Elsewhere specifically) were shocking and equally disturbing. I must say I was happy to see Carter go there. I like my dysptopian to have an ample heap of the gruesome.
I had a few problems with the main character, Kitty. In particular, I felt her lack of trust and confidence in her long time boyfriend and best friend to be unrealistic and not something I could relate with. While reading, it was rare that Kitty ever chose what I would have done. It is always more difficult to connect with a character and book when the mc’s choices are far from your own. Even with this disconnect I did not find Kitty unlikeable so it wasn’t a deal breaker for my enjoyment.
The r0mance was a bit different than man young adult books because we do not see the getting to know you stage of Kitty and Benji’s relationship. We are introduced to the characters after they are already in a relationship and in love. This was refreshing in some ways, though I felt I missed some of the development and bonding between the two.
Though we read that Benji is a great guy he didn’t star in the book as much as I would have liked, though I’m confident we will learn more about him as the series progresses.
Speaking of the romance, there was a moment while reading that I was certain a love triangle was being introduced. Nothing came of it in this book but I’m not sold that there won’t be one later on.
Pawn was the first book I’ve read from Aimee Carter. Though I had some trouble connecting to the main character I enjoyed where Carter took the story for the most part. I will be picking up the sequel.