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Different Dystopia: A Review of PAWN by Aimee Carter

Posted by on January 3, 2014
Aimee Carter
352 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: November 26th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED


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.

The world as we know it has changed.

Kitty Doe’s seventeenth birthday also happens to be the worst day of her life. After getting a wretched III, she’s certain her life is over. Before Prime Minister Daxton offers her a VII, a mark that only the privileged Hart family gets. But there’s more to this reward than the Prime Minister lets on.

Secrets, Rebellions, and multiple identities, PAWN is a novel that captured me from its first page. The action started from the very first chapter and ended on the last. From the start, Kitty makes decisions that broke my heart and others that made me smile.

The thing I like most about PAWN is how different it is from other dystopian novels that I’ve read, which isn’t many. Kitty’s harsh world was different and interesting, though I would never want to live in it.

Aimee Carter’s writing style is amazing – descriptive, easy to understand, and sometimes pretty. Kitty Doe was a character that at many times I felt bad for. But I also loved how loyal she was to the people she loved and how determined she remained throughout the novel. She was a strong heroine that barely changed. To me she was exactly the same as when the story started out – not that I mind.

There wasn’t much that went wrong in PAWN, but occasionally some of the characters didn’t make any sense, and although most of it is explained later on in the story, their were parts that simply weren’t that important for me to care.

All in all, PAWN is a novel that you need to read. I loved the characters, the plot, the dystopian world, everything. And now, I’ve got to wait for CAPTIVE.

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  1. I’m glad you enjoyed this one too, Asma! It was such a fun, action-packed read; it really didn’t give you chance to put it down. What I mostly liked about it, though, is that it was quite simplistic as far as dystopians go. Carter didn’t overcomplicate it, so there was less of the “bwuh?” world-building moments other dystopians have.

    I can’t wait for the sequel to see where all the deceit goes!

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