You can be a VII if you give everything.
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.
©2013 Aimée Carter (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
The narrator did a wonderful job bringing the story to life. A well written, unique take on the dystopian young adult genre.
The book can and surely will be compared to Hunger Games. The heroine has the strength we all admire in Katniss--the two share the impoverished background and lack of control in regards to the situations they end up facing.
Lameece did a fantastic job differentiating the characters--breathing accurate personality into the dialogue. Simply outstanding.
A pawn becomes a Queen.
Well worth the listen/read. I highly recommend.
When I like something I'll let you know. If I don't, I'll let you know that too!
Another in the young heroine leads the rebellion breed of young adult novels. Not a strong of character development or plot as Hunger Games or Divergent but an enjoyable listening experience. Kitty has just turned legal age and must be tested for assignment to one of the six classes of citizens in future America. Her disappointing upbringing in an orphanage in Washington D.C. leads to a less than satisfactory class and work assignment in a distant city away from her slightly younger lover interest. After seeking an alternate life style on the edges of society she is recruited by the heads of the country to serve as a replacement for a deceased third in line successor to the throne. To tell you more would spoil the enjoyment of Pawn.
The story makes several half-hearted stabs at making social commentary about the divisions which separate the ‘haves’ and the ‘haves not’ of the country and the abuses which corrupts those with absolute power. The author inflicts no particular judgment allowing the reader to decide for themselves the proper level of outrage they wish to assign to any particular atrocities exposed through Kitty’s assumption of the secretly deceased niece’s life.
Pawn is a perfectly adequate expenditure of a credit and may just be the start of as entertaining series of novels. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
It's a young adult read that doesn't transition enough into being enjoyable for adults too. The issues are a bit too simplistic. I'd try to enrich the subplots, but then it would lose its place in its genre. So, leave the book as it, it just wasn't right for me.
It was good as it was actually. I'd have psychoanalyzed the cast a bit more. More followthrough.
Can't recall. Enjoyed the reading overall though.
Pawn put me in mind of Hunger Games, wherein you can rebuild a lot about a person's externals.
Good book for listening to but not giving your full attention to. So like, while driving, doing errands, etc.
This is like divergent or hunger games....this book seems like it was written by a your or inexperienced writer. It is totally forgettable...in fact I can't even remember how it ends....if you loved divergent u will probably love this book.
We're told through the clunky narrative that the main character, Kitty, is surprisingly intelligent. I can't see how.She cannot make a single logical connections herself without someone outright explaining it to her. "Whhhhat? The guy so evil he's practically twirling his mustache wants to do me harm? Le gasp!" She cannot read (yes, she has dyslexia but so do others without being 100% illiterate), and she consistently makes foolish decisions. "Oh sure, I'll become a prostitute, but that doesn't mean I'll have to sleep with the men, right?" Idiot.
Honestly, I'm starting to think I should be more choosy with YA. I love the genre, I love dystopia, but MY GOD was this book bad. I'm giving them a break for a bit.
She seemed unpracticed in separating narration and dialog. Not terrible, but not really good either.
I stopped four hours in. So no?
Wish I could get my money back, but I bought this one like a year ago and didn't bother listening until now. Shame.
I grabbed Pawn at random through audible, and I'm glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this plot, these characters (Nox was my favorite), and Carter's writing style. The whole of this novel is enjoyable, and I'm a little upset that its sequel, Captive, isn't available through audible as of my writing this review (Nov 2014. NOTE: It IS available in hardcover now).
For a YA novel, there is a little toeing of propriety at the beginning, but I don't think it would stop me from letting a teenager read it. Relationships are part of their lives, why shouldn't it be part of their characters'? Kitty makes some choices that would make parents cringe, but considering her surroundings and the few options she has in life, it's hard not to agree with those choices. Carter has made someone very real in Kitty, and I love that she didn't feel the need to hold anything back.
I had no expectations. I liked the narrators voice but every character had the same voice too. I didn't like that I could hear her mouth noises and swallowing. The story was interesting but not much attachment or emotion. I am not sure if I will listen to the next in the series. I wanted it to be meatier.
I really like how the story unfolded so far, though I'd wish Aimée Carter gave the characters a little more depth. Some parts of the story seem like wishful thinking.
I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!
Unknown, I do not read printed books. After finding audible I doubt I could go back to it now if I ever did.
Without spoilers I'd say I enjoyed the twists & turns that kept me guessing, trying to figure things out and finding myself surprised again & again
If you like the Young Adult Adventure, Love, mystery style writing then you'll like this story
Loved this book, excellent storyline add in some great characters and a scandal or two and you have a thoroughly enjoyable read. Would recommend to all
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