Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on November 26, 2013
Pages: 346 pages
Sexual Content: kissing
Reviewed by: Kristina
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.
Overall I found PAWN to be a pretty decent dystopian YA novel even though it bore many similarities to other novels in the genre. Luckily, the story veers off into its own direction and becomes a pretty interesting story about identity, self-worth, and overcoming obstacles set up by the government. The story is very so fast paced that I was shocked at how fast I got through PAWN which has to do mainly with the excellent writing and increasingly twisty and intriguing plot that slowly unfolded around Kitty.
There were certain elements of PAWN that were very disturbing especially in regards to the treatment of people in the lower tiers of society and the extent to which individuals in the government are willing to go to see their agendas acted on. The fact that a government can surgically transform or 'Mask' anyone they like is a seriously horrifying idea especially at the hands of the insanely corrupt and troubled Hart family who run the country like some Soviet-era police state.
Kitty is an amazingly resilient character and incredibly adaptable especially considering her shockingly fast reaction to being 'Masked' which would have me in a state of shock for a few days or even weeks. I wished more time was spent on the psychological impact of this change as it would have come off as more believable for some one of Kitty's class status and naivety to have a hard time adjusting to this drastic change. I liked the idea of Kitty learning how to be Lila but the fact that she could learn to mimic a near stranger so convincingly and so quickly had me scratching my head in confusion and doubt at the feasibility of the task. Kitty's relationship with Benjy (her boyfriend) isn't all that developed and therefore not that convincing. He's barely in the story and hardly does anything to warrant any real feelings for him or their relationship. This is a problem I had with many of the side characters as they tended to feel flat with little in the way of very complex personalities.
PAWN has potential to be a very compelling and exciting new dystopian novel. It gets off to a rough start and its not till a ways into the book that a truly fascinating plot with dangerous possibilities comes forward. While I am not too thrilled by most of the character development I did enjoy the underlying themes and the potential direction the story could go in. CAPTIVE, the second book in The Blackcoat Rebellion comes out in 2014 by Harlequin Teen.Series Titles:
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins