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.
I loved this book. Lameece Issaq was fabulous with each character's portrayal and the overall story brilliantly unique to anything I've read/listened to before.
Cannot wait to begin Captive to see where the Blackcoats go next.
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.
"don't have to pay attention while commuting"
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.
"Stupid character makes foolish decisions."
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.
"Not as strong as others in this ilk"
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.
"Very dumb and juvenile"
The story has so much more potential. The idea is interesting but makes me think of the Divergent series. The story was too silly. There is no substance to it. Just fluff
"Totally out preformed my expectations!"
If you love first person female protagonist dystopian trilogies as I do (they are my listening candy to break up textbooks and assigned reading/listening) this one is a hidden gem. Better than many as a book one. I usually expect the first book to be a little cliche before the meat of a series comes in 2 & 3 but this one defies that rule. The sample clip had me worried that the narrator would be too old to be befitting a young woman, but that seems to have been just in the clip. A narrator can break a good book and in this one she does the character more than justice.
This is the first one, but I like it.
Kitty, because she showed a lot of courage to step forward to be a VII and leave all of what she knew behind. Thankfully she got to see Benjy again.
No. I don't like how she narrarates the men/boy's voices.
Yes, when they went to the place where Knox had gotten the guns, and Lila was there.
Sorry this is the only word that comes to mind but from the moment the reader began I was disappointed. It sounded like being at a bad poetry reading. The problem is that she read the narrators words, instead of acting them, being them, living them. It sounded insincere half the time or else just lacking in passion and conviction for the character's thoughts/being.
For a while I thought it was just the poor reading that was making the story annoying (since I was actually very excited about the plot and to see how it progressed), but about 3/4 of the way through I was able to see the author's words for what they were and finally decide that the writing itself was not very good either. There were many moments in the story where the characters talked through an issue for way too long, slightly changing the wording of their same argument. It was exhausting. The female protagonist as well was incredibly underwhelming, being essentially spineless and completely lacking in power until a moment at the end when she was finally forced to make an obvious and important/critical decision. She was unimpressive to say the least and the antagonists were definitely meow interesting characters. I think this story had a lot of potential, it just needed some more thinking through and better editing for conciseness and flow.
I didn't read the print version so I have no idea
When Kitty wakes up masked. Also when she finds out what happens elsewhere.
not as strong as some other voice actors but not bad. Could be a bit monotone but after a while you hear the subtle differences in character speech.
The hunt that took place elsewhere.
"Good but not great"
Yes if you love dystopian books like me its a decent story.
No I haven't.
She is a good narrator. I enjoyed her voice for each character.
No this is not one of those type books.
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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