Book Review: Pawn

pawnA dystopian that doesn’t feel so dystopian. As many of you know, I was having a bit of irritation with dystopians so I stopped reading them for while. Now, this doesn’t mean that I’m totally back on board with them but this book was pretty fantastic.

Aimee Carter is a great writer and she built a world within a world so well that I nearly forgot I was supposed to be fighting the good dystopian fight. The book follows Kitty Doe and the beginnings of a very dangerous game. Her eye color makes her a unique target for the “royal” family, it’s the one thing they can’t change, and the one thing they need to make her the perfect body double for Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece.

But Kitty has to give up everything she knows, including her boyfriend Benjy, to embark on the journey of being a VII for the rest of her life, instead of a III. And the only catch is that she needs to stop fanning the flames of the rebellion that the Lila has begun. It’s a fine line to walk but if it gets her off the streets and into a better life, isn’t that an acceptable price to pay?

As the plot whips and winds, you get completely sucked into the new world that is being built. Kitty doesn’t know all the dangers, like Katniss, nor is she allowed to chose her own life, like Tris. But that doesn’t stop her from trying to get what she wants and in that, I really admire her.

Kitty is strong and brave and loyal. She makes choices to protect the people she cares about, even if it means hurting herself in the process, although not to the extent that you want to smack her for being a whiny little twit. She learns her new role and place in society and embraces it as much as she has to in order to survive in the wonderfully screwed up family that is the Harts.

And of course, what YA book is complete without a love interest? Although the love triangle in this book wasn’t as pronounced, that made it well done. Knox is engaged to the real Lila Hart so Kitty must convincingly play the part of his fiance, all the while she wishes to do nothing more than run off with Benjy. Knox treats her well, however, and doesn’t give any indication that he wants more than she is offering. After all, Lila didn’t want to marry him either.

An overall good book that kept me turning the pages, there are many kinds of love in this world and Kitty knows quite a few of them before it’s done. There is action and back-stabbing, attempted murder and saving graces. All of this is wrapped into a time and place that could become our own one day. The cost of freedom is high and maybe the world would be better if everyone was assigned a place…

Goodreads rating: 4 stars

My personal rating: 84

  • Writing style – 9
  • Plot – 8
  • Dialogue – 8
  • Personality of Main Character(s) – 8
  • Love story – 7
  • Invokes emotion – 9
  • Synopsis accuracy – 9
  • Consistent level of interest – 9
  • Stays on topic – 9
  • Accuracy of genre/genre blending – 8

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