Review: Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) by Aimee Carter


Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Author: Aimee Carter
Published January 3rd 2014 by Mira Ink

Goodreads Synopsis
Are you more than the number on the back of your neck?
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.


This is my first book by Carter, and I'm in love with her writing style.

This book is the story of Kitty Doe, a seventeen year old who has just been classified as a III. The society in this world is made up of levels ranging from a I to a VII, with VII being the highest level, only awarded to members of Prime Minister Daxton Hart's family. As a III, Kitty has next to no opportunities to better herself, or earn enough to live comfortably. However, she is bought by the Prime Minister to be Masked, to become his niece, Lila, and a VII.

This book explores Kitty's difficulties in first becoming a lowly III, before replacing a sophisticated, educated VII, taking on her mannerisms, language, friends, even her fiancé. This in particular is a big problem for Kitty, as she had a boyfriend, Benji, who she couldn't forget, though she was definitely drawn to Knox, Lila's fiancé. I personally preferred her interactions with Knox over Benji, though I saw the appeal in both.

As the series name suggests, the topic of rebellion is integral within the plot. Personally, I loved the way it was touched upon and explored within this novel, only showing enough to tease readers, and leave them with question that will hopefully be answered in the subsequent books. The way in which all the characters are shown to be involved in the rebellion in their own way excited me, and I definitely can not wait to see more from certain characters, in particular Greyson, who I can see being very important in upcoming events.

The world building and characters in this series are amazing, and I loved the complexity hiding underneath the surface. This book ended in such a way that I am desperate for the sequel, Captive, but at least I don't have long to wait. I would recommend this series to anyone who is a fan of YA dystopian novels and I can not wait to read Carter's Goddess Test series.

One of my favourite 2014 reads!

Dates Read:
September 20 to 23, 2014

4 Stars 

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