- Reading level: 14+ years
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Mira (17 June 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9351063852
- ISBN-13: 978-9351063858
- Package Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,63,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pawn Paperback – 17 Jun 2015
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About the Author
Aimée Carter was born and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. She started writing at eleven and hasn't stopped writing since. She attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and received a degree in Screen Arts and Cultures (a fancy way of saying she was forced to watch a lot of old movies) with a subconcentration in Screenwriting. She writes. She watches a lot of new movies, reads a lot of books, Tweets too much. Loves dogs and have two spoiled Papillons. You can find her online at www.aimeecarter.com and on Twitter @ aimee_carter
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While the narration and language acts as a perfect accomplice to the book, its the background details that i am yearning for.Considering that this is a dystopian novel, it is only fair for one to ask a bit more detail about the world that the book is set into.
The essential information is of course there but not enough to shut your curiosity satisfactorily. The story on the other hand moves real quick,jumps through hoops even without complicating much and taking you along smoothly. Even without much background details the story proved to be pretty effective and an interesting read for me.
I found the book to be really simple and quick and not indulging into so much technicalities and emotional vulnerabilities and this by my standards is a pretty good thing.
This is a dystopian novel that manages to tell you a solid story even without giving away much details about the dystopian world or character backgrounds. While this may prove a bit uncomfortable, the book still comes strong with a good core story that paces itself fast with enough twist and turns to keep you glued.
Pawn is an interesting novel with lots of unpredictable twists and turns. It had me exclaiming in shock in a lot of chapters and some plot twists came out of nowhere! This book has given me faith in this author. The world that Carter introduces to us is one of the best things of this novel apart from the unpredictable plot twists. There are similarities to other dystopian novels but I think by now it has become almost impossible to come up with a dystopian concept that hasn't already been used in other novels.I enjoyed the world building and became thoroughly engrossed in the story of this novel.
I think the weakest link of this novel is the love triangle .I just didn't feel it. The book would have been fine without all the love triangle angst . I want to see more rebellion and less angst over the guys in the sequel.I think I would have liked Kitty much more there hadn't been a love triangle.She's tough, she's got guts but get a guy in front of her and she looses some brain cells (I'm exaggerating , I just wanted her to REBEL throughout the book )
Overall, I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel and am now not an Aimee Carter hater.
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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!
- from the back cover
First let me say that I did enjoy this book. I was very interested in the ranking system based on some sort of intelligence test. Basically everyone takes a test at 17 (supposedly an equal chance for everyone, but we know it never is). The score determines your rank and you get a tattoo on the back of your neck (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, or VII). Only the ruling family (the Harts) has VIIs. The Vs and Vis are the wealthy ranks. The Is are basically useless and sent to Elsewhere. The IIs & IIIs are the lower classes. Kitty is hoping for a average IV, but since she is dyslexic and can't read, she ends up unable to finish the test and gets a III. Her future is bleak, apparently bleak enough that she is willing to sell herself to the highest bidder at a virgin auction. Bought by the prime minister (Daxton Hart), she is drugged and given a complete makeover so that she can impersonate a member of the Hart family.
I found Kitty completely annoying. She was so demanding and bratty at times and at others completely unwilling to speak up. When Kitty did something, I wasn't sure if she was being brave or just acting rashly. The romantic (or possible romantic) leads were also less than impressive. I found Benjy completely uninteresting and Greyson didn't have much of an impact either. Knox was an interesting character who maybe could be a love interest and Daxton and Augusta make great villains. There was so much backstabbing and twists and turns, it was hard to figure out which side everyone was on. I enjoyed that part at least. I was actually rooting for Kitty to end up with Knox (though I never was sure if he was being honest with her). But it's hard to blame him when she is so reckless sometimes. I wouldn't tell her my secrets either.
Overall, I liked the book. I have already started the sequel (Captive). So far, Kitty is even more annoying and bratty in the sequel. :(
Fans of dystopian fiction. But, if you are looking for a strong character like Katniss (Hunger Games) or Tris (Divergent), look elsewhere. If you don't mind a wishy-washy and annoying main character, the rest of the story is pretty good.
Kitty Doe is yet another girl who wasn't born in the right place. In a world where a test at 17 determines the rest of your life, Kitty doesn't have much hope. When she's given the chance of a lifetime to be a 7, the highest number possible, she jumps at the chance without thinking of what it might mean. She later wakes up with the face and the life of someone else. Now she's caught up in a complicated web of secrets, lies, and a brewing rebellion.
At some point after reading dozens upon dozens of YA dystopian book it gets to a point where they all tend to blend together. While Pawn did remind me of bits and pieces of several other dystopian books I've read, it did manage to catch my attention once the story really got going and hold it until the end. Sure, I did stop a few times and think to myself how different aspects of the book were really familiar. Fortunately that only really happened in the beginning when I was introduced to Kitty's world. The story in itself was unique and unlike other dystopian books I've read.
I love the character's Aimee Carter created. She made me really love, pity, and hate the right characters and made me emotionally invested in the book.
There really wasn't anything worth mentioning.
The Bottom Line
Pawn isn't just another YA dystopian book to add to the stack. It's really worth a read. I definitely can't wait for the next book in the series.