Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion (#1)
Author: Aimee Carter
Release Date: 26th November 2013
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame, 2016 Reading Assignment Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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.
I picked up Pawn at a point where I didn't actually know what I wanted to read, but I'm glad I chose this one. I was completely hooked from the first page to the last. The world that Carter created was riveting and the characters worked well for me.
I liked Kitty. Even at the beginning of the book she was a bit of a go getter. She wasn't happy with the system and felt she'd been cheated but more than that she was willing to do something from the very beginning about changing her life. There was none of the accidentally changing the world thing, she knew what she was doing and went with it.
I'm still a little unsure on the guy front...I'm not even sure there is a love triangle as such, though there were certainly some games going on! On the one hand there was Benjy, Kitty's childhood friend and boyfriend, who was steady and kind but seemed a little bit naive. On the other hand there was Knox, who seemed a little bit more mysterious. As a character I preferred Knox to Benjy, but for Kitty I'm not so sure.
I really liked this book, It was a great read and I look forward to reading more in the series soon!