Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) by Aimee Carter


“…we all had our roles to play. It just so happened that some were better than others.”


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.

Personal Thoughts:

In this new world, every teen who turned seventeen year old will have to take a test that will determine their rank for the rest of their lives. There are only seven ranks which are from I to VII, and only the Hart family can get the position of VII. Once you got your rank which will be tattooed to your skin permanently, you are expected to live the life and do the job designated for your rank. So when Kitty Doe our main character get a III after her test, she knows there’s no good life ahead of her. Being a three means doing sewer duties for the rest of her life. So when someone offered her to be a VII she agreed to it even without fully knowing the consequences.

“You have a choice. You can choose to accept the hand the Harts dealt you, or you can pick yourself up and do something about it.”

Pawn has a pretty decent story line. Aimee Carter easily weaved a futuristic world with a feel of reality in it. The more she developed this dystopian society the more the readers will be eager to know the in and outs of the system. Though the ranking system isn’t really new in this genre, Aimee Carter offered an intriguing plot line in Pawn. By adding political intrigue and rebellions to the plot she give readers a decent setup to follow and unfold. All the secrets, lies and betrayals will surely make readers glued to this chaotic dystopian world.

“But the world is out there, and it understands that the illusion of knowledge and freedom is not the same as the real thing. Eventually it will fade, and there are those who will do whatever it takes to make that happen sooner rather than later.”

Aimee Carter writing is definitely engaging and flowing since I’ve finished reading the book in one sitting. With all the intrigue and actions I want to know what will happen next to each characters, even though I didn’t care much about them. So yeah, that’s where Pawn failed – the characters. Personally, I got a hard time connecting to everyone in this book. It’s like I just read their story for the sake of knowing more about their world and not really about them. I don’t empathize with Kitty or to anyone around her. Maybe I like Greyson, he is genius and nerdy type which I usually like, but if the kid was killed I don’t think I shed a tear for him. Knox is also a good but I honestly don’t care any less about his decisions and actions. I don’t know what happened there, because I tried hard to like them and to connect with them, especially Kitty but somehow it didn’t happen.

Pawn has a good concept and a great potential but somehow the characters didn’t managed to stand out and owned the world they are in. If you can overlook those details I guess you’ll be able to enjoy this fast-paced story.

* This review is based on an eBook I received courtesy of the publisher, Harlequin Teen via NetGalley.

1 thought on “Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) by Aimee Carter”

  1. sad you didn’t like the characters much. I’ve read one book of the author and honestly I didn’t like it. I also got problem liking the main character from that book.


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