Aimee Carter: Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1)
 5 stars


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.


Kitty lives in a world where people are divided into castes, highest class being VII, which belongs only to Prime Minister and their families. Others will have to participate in a test on their 17th birthday, which will determine their social class. Kitty, our heroine who unfortunately can not read, gets III and has been sentenced to life as a sewageworker. But as a result of unexpected events gets an offer she can't refuse. She can have a life as  VII, the highest possible social class.  Kitty accepts this offer, but doesn't know what awaits her. Kitty will be Masked - surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who was murdered.

All of this because Lila was a great advocate of the revolution. Lila campaigned against the caste system and now Kitty's task is to repair Lila's doings, so that the people would not take a full-scale rebellion against the government. As the story progresses, Kitty understands that she is just a pawn in other peoples games and everything is not what it seems. Who Kitty cantrust and what she has to do in order to save her own, as well as her loved ones' lives?

The book's plot was interesting and I set my eyes on this book months ago, even before the publication of the book. However, I read it only now and it really didn't disappoint meThere is mystery, action and romance, and as I already mentioned, all is not what they first seem to be. Kitty is just an awesome character from the beginning and you can see how good a person she really is. She is ready to sacrifice herselves for others, and she survives surprisingly well in a situation where she was directly thrown into a life that is completely foreign to her. And even if Kitty can't read, she is still very smart. And she's spunky. In a hopeless situation she found a spark, and she doesn't give up. On the other hand, she has one "tiny" flaw. Her world seems to rotate only around Benjy, who I did not think in any way interesting character. There's nothing wrong with altruism, but somehow it seemed to go a little too far. Threaten Benjy and Kitty does everything she's told. And there was a lot of threatning. At times, it seemed a little amusing, I should've counted how many times Benjy's life was threated or how many times the Kitty agreed to do something just because of Benjy.

In fact, I root for Kitty and Knox, and I very much hope that in the next book, there will some action or sparkle between them. Benjy is a boring, meaningless character, who does not seem to have any other purpose than to be threated. Sorry, Benjy-fans, but I think that Benjy should just disappear. I wouldn't miss him.

Otherwise, there was certainly enough action. Sometimes even too much. The plot progressed quite rapidly. On the other hand, there wasn't even a moment of borebom and there were plenty of exciting plot twists, some pretty major. And things really wasn't what they seemed to be at first, quite literaly.

The book reminded me of The Selection series, which wasn't a bod thing, 'cos I love that series and it's one of my favourites. I think that the fans of that series will like this one too and also the other way around. In my opinion, there wasn't that major cliffhanget in the end, but this part of the story was wrapped up pretty nicely. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.

(from my tbr-list 11/200)