Sunday, December 8, 2013

Pawn: Review



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.


I'm curious about this series because I think it's going to be a dangerous ride. Though I'm not very optimistic about it because I'm growing more and more nonchalant to new dystopian series. Turns out Pawn is a much better book than I ever expected. I seriously think that this is a series worth everyone's time. 

If you are looking for an action-packed story in Pawn, you might not be very satisfied. But it's a really clever and smart book. The games played between the Hart family is really dangerous. The Harts always suspect each other and they all have an agenda of their own. They will do anything to achieve their goal, even if it means lying to their family. Even if it means killing the ones that shares the same blood. It's quite fascinating to read. All the struggles and suspicions will leave you breathless as they woven together to piece the whole picture.

Kitty Doe is the one unwillingly caught in the middle. She is a III, which means she's a tiny step away from being sent to Elsewhere, a place where none comes back when they are sent there. Like many IIIs, she longs for a chance to matter, except when she's given the choice to be part of the Hart family, she's caught in the middle of the family mess. Kitty is a very smart girl, despite her learning disabilities. She figures out consequences of every events very quickly. She's also brave and self-sacrificing when it comes to what she loves. It's typical for a heroine in a dystopian series, but somehow this kind of personalities suits her great. I really like her.

My favorite character, besides Kitty, is Benji. He's a sweetheart. Though he doesn't show up in the book almost one-third of the time (or more, I can't remember), his goodness shines through. He's loyal to Kitty and he really loves her. It's very cute and endearing to watch. I really hope that I can see more of him in Captive. The other characters have a strong personality and a clear agenda too. Though many of them are bitches or punks, I must admit they're great characters.

The world created by Aimee Carter is closely related to the world we're living in (or more like, the city I'm living in). It's a more brutal version of the keen competition we're facing today. If you don't get good grades at school and do well in public exams, you don't get a chance to have a good life. Though people don't get executed just because they're criminals or they got low grades, sometimes in real life people wishes for death if their lives are too hard. It's a dark world in Pawn, but in some ways it can well be our future. Nice job in background creating here.

I'm excited to read Captive, the second book of the series. My hopes are raised and I don't want it to be damned in the sequel. 

Rating: 8/10

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