Pawn by Aimee Carter is her first book in her new series The Blackcoat Rebellion. After reading the Goddess Test trilogy, I was a small fan of Carter. I enjoyed the series about Hades, but if that is what you are after then you will be sorely mistaken. Pawn is a thrilling ride in a dystopian world.
“I’d seen the posters and heard the speeches. Everyone had. We all had our rightful place in society, and it was up to us to decide what that was. Study hard, earn good grades, learn everything we could, and prove we were special. And when we turned seventeen and took the test, we would be rewarded with a good job, a nice place to live, and the satisfaction that we contributed to our society—everything we would ever need to lead a meaningful life.
That was all I’d ever wanted: to prove myself, to prove that I was better than the Extra I really was. To prove I deserved to exist even though I was a second child. To prove the government hadn’t made a mistake not sending me Elsewhere.”
This is Kitty Doe’s story. All she wanted was to become a IV, with that rank she would be able to marry Benji and live an okay life; however, on the day of her testing she received a III and standing orders to relocate to Denver, where she would lead a life as waste management. Desperate to wait until Benji is assigned his number in a month, Kitty decides to work as a working girl. On her first night her virginity is bought by the highest bidder, Prime Minister Hart. But what he has in mind is something more sinister and dirtier than she could ever imagine. Hart gives Kitty a choice, she can remain a III and possibly die by his goon’s hands or she can agree to a deal that will make her a VII and give her the life she never thought she could have. The catch—Kitty will be remade into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s deceased niece, with plastic surgery and all.
Kitty is transported into a politically criminal family. Some believed in the cause that got Lila killed—the rebellion, while others wanted to remain status quo, hence her untimely death. Kitty must now navigate the Hart family and figure out what she must do, so that she can survive this ordeal and keep Benji safe. What she doesn’t expect is being transported into the biggest rebellion yet, or to be part of crazy identity fraud scheme. Where everyone is the pawn in the game, who will eventually call out checkmate?
4 out of 5 stars. Thanks NetGalley