Friday, January 31, 2014

Book Review: Pawn

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.

“But the world is out there, and it understands that the illusion of knowledge and freedom is not the same as the real thing. Eventually it will fade, and there are those who will do whatever it takes to make that happen sooner rather than later.” 

Disclaimer: I received a galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley. 

The thing that first caught my eye about this book was it's cover while I was browsing through NetGalley. The cover works perfectly with the plot of this book. The story centers on a family with complicated relationships, and Kitty, the protagonist, is the pawn in their strategy game of revenge.

The premise instantly intrigued me. Because of course, I'm a total sucker for YA dystopian books. Keyword "rebellion". 

Unfortunately, this book didn't live up to the expectations I had. I wasn't expecting myself to love it, but I hoped that I would at least like it more than I did. 

so much drama yet so bored.
The above gif basically sums up my feelings about the whole book. The plot was was very action and drama-filled, yet I was bored.

To me, Pawn was reminiscent of a more futuristic Keeping Up With the Kardashians. I loved the premise of how Kitty had to stop the rebellion Lila "secretly fostered". The rebellion idea was really interesting and I was disappointed when the plot focused more on family ties and revenge then that.

Another point I liked was the idea of how that one test Kitty and all the other teens had to take determined their rank in the caste system (determined by a roman numeral) for the rest of their lives. It's one of the reasons I wanted to read this book. Although it's set in a different time and place, Kitty's society still reminds me of the society I'm currently in. That is, the school system.

The school system that American teenagers like me have to go through is messed up in the same ways as Kitty's society. We have that one test that basically determines where we'll go in life. The SAT. Or the ACT. Colleges look at those scores and accept, reject, or defer students based on those. And in today's society, what college someone graduates from plays into what their salary will be. Despite the countless college emails and "we want you" advertisements received in the mail, it seems to a lot of us students that colleges see us as nothing more than a series of letters, percentages, numbers, and money. This concept of the testing they had to go through in Pawn was definitely my favorite thing about the book.

Overall, I didn't love this book, but I didn't hate it either. It was just okay. The premise was intriguing, but the plot and characters lacked a lot in the interest department.


  1. This book had such an interesting premise. Oh well. Sorry to hear it was meh.

  2. kirstymariejonesstudioreadsFebruary 1, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    "Pawn was reminiscent of a more futuristic Keeping Up With the Kardashians" Haha! Shame you didn't enjoy it as much, I loved it. Maybe because I don't read that much dystopian, though the system was pretty much my favourite thing about it, too. Though, I did love Kitty's character, maybe the second one might be better for you? If you decide to read it. :)

    Kirsty @ StudioReads


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