Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: November 26th, 2013
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
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.
Dystopia is a favorite genre of mine but science fiction is… not. When combined, I had no idea what to expect but I ended up liking PAWN more than I thought I would. I do love a caste system and political secrets in my dystopia, but unfortunately the idea isn’t exactly unique.
Kitty Doe was a protagonist I could not bring myself to care about, plain and simple. Her relationships and tragic childhood were obviously something readers are supposed to feel sympathetic about but Kitty did not garner any pity from me. Sadly, the rest of the characters were like this as well. Although each one has a back-story and personality, they still felt one-dimensional and bland.
On a more positive note, that was pretty much the only negative to the book. It was a fairly big issue, though, and really brought the book down. The plot itself and twists and turns were entertaining and interesting to read about, but when you cannot connect to the characters everything that happens doesn’t really make you feel for what the characters are going through.
For those of you who are iffy about love triangles, there is serious potential for one in PAWN, although it isn’t a true love triangle. Kitty knows what she wants and only loses sight of this one time in the entire story. The romance is not a huge part of the book, but Kitty is basing all of her decisions on love.
This is a series I will be following, with hopes that character development will be more prominent in the next book. It definitely has potential with its plot, is incredibly readable, and has a few really unique twists I would love to see more of.