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Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion) Hardcover – November 26, 2013
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Gr 10 Up—Kitty isn't destined for greatness. She lives in a dystopian America a few generations into the future. She's grown up in a group home, due to her status as a second child in a society where fertility is controlled. A reading disability prevents her from acheiving a desirable score on the national placement test that determines caste. She has no money, no opportunity, and no chance at a secure future with her boyfriend, Benjy. Kitty is out of options and attempts a career as a prostitute. When the powerful and cruel Prime Minister, Daxston Hart, offers to transform Kitty into an exact replica of his deceased niece, Kitty has new opportunities, and dangers, that she never imagined. While Carter doesn't break any new ground in teen dystopian literature with Pawn, she executes the elements of the genre expertly-the tempo is brisk, the tension is deeply felt, the protagonist is a great reader's proxy, and the villains are smooth and terrifying. Kitty is a brash, imperfect hero, and readers will root for her every step of the way as she makes tough decisions to protect her loved ones and stay true to her pre-Lila identity and values. The secondary characters are thinly drawn, but the actions and plot twists will keep readers satisfied and waiting for more in the series. Recommended for teens who enjoy political intrigue and action thrillers, as well as other popular dystopian novels.—Susannah Goldstein, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City
In near-future America, every 17-year-old takes a test to determine his or her place in society, and Kitty Doe has failed—she’s assigned the rank of III. Facing a life of deprivation near the bottom rung of society, and separated from the people she loves—most important, her boyfriend, Benjy—Kitty takes a job as a prostitute in an illegal club. On her first night, she is auctioned off to Daxton Hart, the nation’s leader, who offers her the choice to upgrade her rank from III to VII. She agrees without thinking and wakes up after being drugged by Hart to find herself at the center of political intrigue worthy of Machiavelli. Corrupt leaders, graphic violence, rebellion, and first love, this title has it all. And although not delving into uncharted territory, Carter (the Goddess Test trilogy) has created an engaging heroine to root for in Kitty and a page-turner full of twists and turns. Readers will look forward to the next book in the anticipated trilogy. Grades 9-12. --Magan Szwarek
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PAWN was a thrilling, high stakes, emotionally-packed, roller coaster of ups and downs that flew by at immensely fast speed. I devoured PAWN so quickly, and before I knew it, the book was over and I was graveling over not having the next book!
I've been so excited about reading PAWN ever since last year when I received an eARC. I loved the premise and thought it stuck out from the other kazillion dystopians out there. It surely lived up to my expectations and some! I think any fans of dystopian and even thrillers would find this one highly enjoyable!
YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING.
Kitty Doe has just turned Seventeen, and for her, her life is all but over. After taking the test that all seventeen year old's have to take, and only scoring a III, which is not the worse you could score, but by far from the best either. She has very limited options; either be assigned to cleaning the sewers far away from Benji, the only person who really matters in the world. Or, she can turn trick at a club for a month until Benji turns seventeen and takes his test and scores the VI that she knows he'll score, and then get the hell out off dodge. But... a third option has just been laid on the table, one very hard to resist....
Kitty has just been offered the opportunity to join the most powerful family in their world. She will become a VII, the best possible score you can have. And with that VII comes power, fame, wealth, and anything material her heart desires. But of course, nothing comes without a price, and the price she will have to pay is the highest she can give.
Kitty will have to sell her soul to the devil and give up everything and everyone she knows and loves to become a new person. But, she will not just become any person, she will become Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece who mysteriously died. But what she doesn't know is that Kitty Doe will exist no more, and she will be reborn, masked...
With very little options, Kitty reluctantly accepts the offer, but before she realizes what she's signed up for, she awakens no loner as Kitty Doe, but now masked as Lila Hart. She will now have to master every aspect of Lila Hart's life if she has any hope of fooling the people into thinking she is in fact Lila Hart. But why is Lila's image so important that she can not be dead? What caused her death anyway? What is brewing so deep that Lila is needed to bring it back from the brink? Well Kitty is about to get those answers and more.
She hears whispers of a rebellion... Talk of an uprising, secrets of what's sure to come. But as Kitty gets deeper into the game of being their pawn, she realizes that the odds of her escaping all of this when it's over are becoming slim to none. And that can only mean one thing.... murder, HER murder...
Everything is coming to a head as Kitty starts to unravel the web of lies, deceptions, betrays, and ultimately, murder. She will have to forge unlikely allies in her new world. Form new bounds and allegiance, and reunite with old ones as she plays this dangerous game. But if Kitty has any hope of making it out alive, she will have to be what she's been trained to be, a pawn....
Overall, PAWN was a blast to read! I highly enjoyed the world it was built around, and the characters that made it come alive. I can't WAIT to get back into this world and see what happens next, because that ending had me dying to read on!!
NOTE: I received an eARC from Harlequin TEEN for reviewing purposes! All opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way!
I was intrigued with the book from the very 1st page. I mean common, how many books starts off with the main character about to follow through with a scheme that would result in her getting shot by the police. I was hooked and through out most of the book I was SURE that this was going to be my first 5 STAR read of the year. But alas I had some issues with the pace in the middle, but the beginning and end of this book with in a class of its own!
The story is about a girl named Kitty who on her 17th birthday has just taken a test that will determine her standing in society. If you score a IV or above then you are considered a valuble member of society. But Kitty with her inability to read scored a III, which qualifies her as a sanitation worker. Determined that this is not the way she wants to spend the rest of her life, she decides to steal a peice of fruti from the town market, which is punishable by death. Just when she's about to steal the orange and walk away with it, she is found and stopped by her boyfriend. Her boyfriend is destined to score extremely high and do great things with his life.
Knowing that her ranking will keep her bf back from everything she is capable of, she finds away to run away form working in the sewers. She agrees to work as a prostitute at the local strip club. On her first day there they will be auctioning of her virginity to the highest bidder. Her virginity ends up being the best sale the club has ever seen. As she sits in her room anxiously waiting to see who has purchased her, in enters the person she would ever expect the Prime Minister and he has a proposition for her. His niece, the most beloved girl in the country has died and he wants Kitty who has very similar eyes to take over Lila's life and live as her as a VII the highest ranking in the country.
I honestly was blown away by this story. It was action packed with story lines that kept you guessing with each page. Just when you think you have figured out who Kitty can trust at court, something happens that makes you second guess who is actually Kitty's friend and who is using her for their own alternative motives. The middle of story lagged somewhat. It was all necessary for character development and story building, but if it had kept the same speed as the rest of the book then it would definitely have earned 5 stars from me. And almost toward the end OMG there is a huge twist that I DID NOT SEE COMING and the end was absolutely amazing. It does not end on a cliff hanger, but with a decision that will leave you anxious for book 2!
There were a lot of things that really infuriated me in this book. Like:
The fact that the Testing system is rigged for those who don't have a number higher than IV.
That those in power automatically think it's fun to hunt down humans for sport when they do something like keeping a child safe from them so that they don't see just how callous and vicious those in power truly are.
Like that everyone just survives for themselves except the main character, Kitty-but even then she's only surviving for her own best interests in keeping those she loves alive
I can understand it, but I really hate that kind of system. And the two love interests. I like Benjy. He actually seemed a decent guy. Knox was a bit of an jerk, keeping Kitty in the dark because "it wasn't the right time" and "he wanted to keep her safe".
I did like that Kitty couldn't read. Most main female characters seem to be able to, but not this one.
Overall, I loved the action. It felt like I was actually there alongside Kitty, and fighting for human rights. The author did an amazing job of dragging me in, and not letting me breathe until the last page.
I give this story an incredible, intense five stars!
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