Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion (book 1)
Published by: Harlequin Teen on November 26, 2013
Source: Bought / Hardcover
Synosis: 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.
My thoughts: The society has developed a system in which everyone has a part in the country. The VIIs are the ruling family and that number is inherited. Right behind them, the people who are VI and V conform the high classes. IVs are the common people (the majority of the population), and below that, you’re practically a nobody—not smart enough to give back to the country. When someone reaches the age of 17, he/she has to take the test that will define his/her job and life ahead. Kitty Doe gets a III, not because she’s not smart enough but because she ran out of time. She could never learn to read despite all the effort her closet friend and boyfriend Benjy put into teaching her. She’s disappointed at herself and is afraid Benjy will throw his life away because of her. So when she is offered the opportunity to become a VII she accepts without fully knowing the details. When she wakes up two weeks later, she is transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece.
I didn’t love the world Pawn revolves around. It reminded me too much of The Selection by Kiera Cass, though the political aspects were really interesting. This was a huge tangle of familiar mess. You never know who to trust though it becomes kind of obvious as the plot develops. I didn’t like Kitty’s or Lila’s personalities. But Benjy’s and Knox’s? Love them. Oh, wait. Knox is Lila’s fiancee. Anyway, plot was okay. Characters were alright. I finished this in around four hours and was entertained throughout those hours. The world might not have been that memorable but the web of lies and betrayal made this book fun to read.