Pawn by Aimée Carter

In case you don’t know this author, she wrote the Goddess Test trilogy. I totally love that series and will do reviews of those books later on. Either way, I love this author’s work. And this is YA Dystopian so all the more entertaining. So let’s begin.

Synopsis

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.

Previously titled Masked.

Review

This is one of my favorite series. Not because of the main character, I find her a little annoying, at least in this book, but because of the story. And with the election of Donald J Trump as our new president, many fear that it would lead to some kind of dystopian novel. While that isn’t exactly the case, this novel is still very entertaining to read.

It is narrated by Kitty Doe. She is an Extra, in this dystopian world, an Extra is the second child a family cannot afford to take care of but have enough resources to make sure the child isn’t sent to Elsewhere. I am not entirely sure what exactly Elsewhere is, but I do know that some of the ruling class, i.e. the Ministers of the Union, go hunting there and not for the type of game you would normally think.

Can we talk about how horrible the Hart family is? Seriously! Lies, murder, AND blackmail. Who does that? Well I guess apparently the Harts do. While most series have a single villain, this novel has multiple. Knox, Celia, Daxton, and Augusta. Mostly because they’re all trying to manipulate Kitty in their own way. What are those ways, you ask. Well you’ll just have to read it to find out.

While I’m all for female main characters, I am not a huge fan of Kitty at this point. Sure she’s gone through such horrible things, but seriously why, oh why, does she have to be so whiny about it. Not only that but she seems like such a selfish character. Don’t get me wrong, she does have some redeeming qualities, but they’re just hard to find among all her not wanting to be manipulated. Among those redeeming qualities is knowing when to do something for someone other than herself.

Along with this being a dystopian novel, where the character all fight to change the government, it wouldn’t be a true young adult novel without a little romance. It appears to be between the main character and the boy she grew up with. Although, it wouldn’t really be this way, because with dystopian novels you never know.

And then there’s Knox, Lennox Creed is his real name but he is always referred to as Knox. I’m getting mixed signals from the guy. Like is he really trying to help, what is he all about? Is he gaining affection for Kitty? I honestly don’t know, but he seems to be the one that always believes in her.

But cliffhangers are a serious part of my obsession with book series. The cliffhanger for this book made me want to get the next book right away.

There’s so much that happens and I can only go on about it so much without spoiling certain things. But while the main character, a 17-year-old girl mind you, is a little pessimistic, this novel is a great read. While it is not very popular, it is one of my favorites. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves to read young adult dystopian novels.

Below are the links for places you can get your own copy:

B&N (Nook)

B&N (Hardcover)

Amazon

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