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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 140 x 211 x 33mm | 431g
  • Canada
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 0373210558
  • 9780373210558
  • 442,710

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Well-paced and readable. -Publishers Weekly

An engaging heroine to root for...and a page-turner full of twists and turns. Readers will look forward to the next book in the anticipated trilogy.

Carter convincingly shows readers an America in the not-so-distant future in this dystopian series-starter, after which they will ready for more....Carter is excellent at setting the scene...but what really invests the readers are the perfectly flawed characters. - Romantic Times Book Review
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12,102 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 27% (3,237)
4 38% (4,564)
3 26% (3,143)
2 7% (880)
1 2% (278)

Our customer reviews

I thought Pawn had such wonderful potential, and I really wanted to love it, but when the main character tends to do things just for the sake of others, with no mind of her own, I tend to start disliking everything she does. Maybe she's vulnerable now, but will be stronger in the future? The government with the Harth family being the head has devised a system where each new adult will be placed in a caste system. Not original but the idea behind it always intrigued me. I wished there was more back-story as to how this came to be. I did like the family dynamics in this one. There was so much family drama, that I focused on loving that aspect of the book. I really did like the world that Carter set up and I wanted more world building in general. There's a lot of romance and cheesiness in this one. Lots of laments about how much they love each other and even arguments. But at least Kitty and Benji knew each other when they were younger. That gives some credibility to their love instead of love at first sight since they're already together before the book starts. This one was over the top. Why did Kitty just go with the flow? Why didn't she act on the fact that these people are only using her? I get that she's trying to keep Benjy safe, but really.. What about her own life? As for the Hath family.. They are one dysfunctional murderous, conniving family. Minus maybe Greyson, but he had no backbone. For fans who love a good romance, set in a dystopian world, make sure to grab this one!show more
by Giselle SM
At seventeen, everyone has to take a test which determines their entire lives. Kitty Doe gets marked as a III â?? cleaning sewage pipes in a far off state is going to be her life. But she gets the chance to change everything. The chance to be a VII, a rank reserved only for the ruling family, and she only has a minute to think about it. I loved Pawn. I had read Aimee Carterâ??s The Goddess Test series and enjoyed it but found the romance a tad overwhelming at times. I was excited to read her new series and I thought the first book in the Blackcoat Rebellion was amazing! The world she has created is an interesting one. Thereâ??s a lot of political upheaval, dysfunctional family antics, passionate characters and an interesting class system. Kitty is an intelligent young woman but because she is unable to read, she ends up in one of the bottom classes in society. Sheâ??s desperate and feels like she has no choice. She loves her boyfriend, Benjy, but doesnâ??t want to drag him along with her. Kitty is one of those characters that I didnâ??t like very much to start with. I felt like as the smart person sheâ??s described as she could have come up with some better options and not been so rash however I do understand that she was stuck in a very difficult and somewhat unexpected situation. As the novel went on, Kitty grew on me. Her intelligence came out and you could see that Kitty is a force to be reckoned with. Her interactions with Knox, Grayson and Benjy were my favourites to read but the relationships sheâ??s developing â?? and not necessarily good ones â?? with Daxton, Augusta and Celia are also great to read. The First Family (the Harts) are so messed up. I love them. Thereâ??s so much I want to say about them but one of my favourite things about this novel was how much I loved not knowing what was going to happen next. I donâ??t want to spill any of the fantastic plot developments that I enjoyed so much. Pawn is a great dystopian novel with a lot going on. Thereâ??s romance, murderous rebels, feuding families, and so much more. I can not wait for the next book in this series and see what happens next for Kitty and the more
by Kate @ Fictional Thoughts
Pawn is the story of Kitty Doe, a 17 year old girl living in the futuristic version of The United States, a place where everyone is tested at 17 to determine their worth to society based on their intelligence level. The lower the number, the more menial the job and the poorer the living conditions. The book starts off when Kitty finds out she's gotten a III due to her dyslexia (all though it's never directly called that the reader is supposed to know that's what it is) and so instead of moving away from her boyfriend and going to do manual work in Denver, or running away with him before he can take the test, she decides to go to the clubs and sell her virginity for money. Of course this doesn't actually happen because no good little girl in a dystopian novel ever has sex, almost kills someone yes, but the second she drop trousers she's no longer allowed to be our heroin. I'm not condoning prostitution here by the way it's just I'm sick of the same old virgin praising that occurs way too often in YA. Anyway moving on what happens next makes the description of the book seem misleading. Kitty isn't given a choice about whether she wants to be masked, instead the President buys her virginity so he can offer her the chance to become a VII, no explanation given she just has 10 seconds to decide and she knows that if she doesn't go with him she could be shot for being an illegal prostitute so of course she goes with him and then ends up with the face of his niece, who he may or may not have had killed. Unlike everyone else who has read this book my thoughts are pretty lukewarm. I went into this during the height of bloggers talking about it and reading it so I expected to love it and I just didn't. It wasn't that I hated it I just had a lot of issues with is. I'm not sure if it's supposed to be but the first thing that hit me was "this is a retelling of The Prince and The Pauper". Now I'm like 100% sure it's a retelling because it's too obviously inspired by that story to not be. From there on I was bothered by quite a few things; like the fact that only Lila's mum seemed bothered that she was dead, that Knox is kind of a romantic character but has no description of appearance (not a single line that I could find), that people kept telling Kitty she could make a difference even though she didn't seem inclined to make a change at all and 100% believed in the system until she found out it was easy to cheat it and the 'shocking' aspects of the book were pretty predictable e.g. when they went 'hunting'... yeah saw that one coming a mile off. Also the whole concept of masking seems pretty ridiculous once you find out one of the twists. Like yeah right. No way in hell would they do that (I won't explain because it's pretty spoilery but when you find out who else is masked it's like 'as if she'd just replace her son when he's that important with someone who could screw everything up'). Overall, I liked the concept but the whole book itself felt very pushy. You were pushed into liking Knox, pushed into hating the system, pushed into thinking Lila should be part of the rebellion and pushed into believing she was clever because we were told enough times but I never really saw her do anything amazingly intelligent or different. I don't really think the readers were given enough of a chance to make their own minds up. Plus I couldn't connect to any of the characters or care about them either so that didn't help with my overall feeling of *meh*. Another thing I don't understand is why this is a trilogy. After all the events in the book they could have had a nice rounded up ending like " and BLANK was revealed to be an imposter, Kitty helped the rebels to victory and then decided to live a nice life with Benjy, the end" but no it's got to fit into another YA trope and at the same time try to be exactly like The Hunger Games because The Hunger Games sells! I don't think I've actually included any good points because the only good point of the book was that the world building was really interesting and plausible in terms of how the testing system works and how the government is run. So oddly this book had a good foundation, just poor everything else and it wasn't enough to make it a good book, but it wasn't enough to make it a bad one either. Turns out I've got a lot to write for this entirely forgettable book. * I received an egalley of this book to review, however I'm not being paid and all of my opinions are my more
by Iona
The blurb is epic, is it not? Plus, I have to say, cover looove! I love the simplicity. It packs a subtle punch. As for the book itself, I was torn on what to think! It�??�?�¢??s a lot like LEGEND by Marie Lu �??�?�¢?? you take a test (at age 17 in PAWN) and you get a number. I is the worst, and VII is the best (only the president & co get the coveted VII). I love that concept, it�??�?�¢??s just I�??�?�¢??d read it before in LEGEND. The premise was the �??�?�¢??perfect�??�?�¢?? government full of corrupt politicians and while all is regulated and controlled (like how many kids you could have, and how old you got to live to). I�??�?�¢??d heard before too. That comes hand-in-hand with dystopian, though. BUT I thought the concept of face-transplants pretty dang creepy and awesome. Fresh premise! Yessss! Characters? We all knoooow how much I squawk about characters, now don�??�?�¢??t we? I have to admit, PAWN didn�??�?�¢??t blow me away with an epic cast. The names, I totally loved though. They were different, but fresh, and totally stuck out! Kitty Doe is the narrator, Benjy is her boyfriend. And then there�??�?�¢??s the political leaders, the Harts, with Lila, Augusta, Knox (love that name!) and Greyson. I did love Kitty Doe though! (Yup, I�??�?�¢??m also a fabulous poet.) She had a real spunky voice. The plot is filled with intrigue and deception. Honestly? NO one is who you think they are! I loved how they swapped faces. I felt that could have been explored more, but maybe in the next book? (I hear CAPTIVE is the next one!) I also would have liked to know more about the rebels. One of my only negativities, though, is the stakes of the book. Are they too low? No way! They are SO high. From chapter one, Kitty risks her life for an orange (hey, some of us crave citrus okay?). But, see, that was the problem for me. The stakes twanged higher in the next few chapters, but they couldn�??�?�¢??t rise anymore after that. Kitty had a proverbial gun to her head (both literally and figuratively), so she did what she was supposed to. Buuut, it can�??�?�¢??t get much higher then that, can it? Because the stakes didn�??�?�¢??t particularly climb for the rest of the book, I didn�??�?�¢??t feel panic for the finale. All in all, PAWN is an enjoyable and engaging read! I�??�?�¢??d pick up the sequel, no worries. It�??�?�¢??s a quickie �??�?�¢?? I gobbled it in just 2-days. Dystopian? Gotta love more
by Notebook Sisters
Of all the dystopian books that are flooding the market , there really are very few that end being original and interesting enough, luckily Pawn seems to be one of them. After finish the book, I think that the synopsis reveals too much, I think it is better to discover things gradually and not knowing too much about it. Here we have a first book of a series, set in a not too distant future. Due to population growth, collapse in the conomy and scarcity of resources, the government had to impose a number of measures for population control. There is also a little bit of science fiction used to complicate even more this world. As always, everything is centered in the United States, and as an European reader it can be sometimes very discouraging, but since the author is American, logically she writes about what she knows best. This society is divided into layers, and each layer is numberer. At seventeen, kids have to do an aptitude test so they can be placed in one level or another according to their qualities. These levels range from I, the worst of all, to VI , where the people can be more productive for society are located. There is one more level, VII, only formed by members (and their respective families) of the government. At first glance it seems a quite fair system, each person is placed according to what they can give to the society, the smartest (and most useful) are at higher levels. The problem is that not everything is always so simple. Kitty is our main character, and she has just taken the test but she is not very happy with the result. On her first night as a III she is offered a deal, but she doesnt know the conditions. Maybe accepting without knowing anything was not the best idea of �?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¬�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¹�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¬�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¹all, but the alternative seemed much worse at that moment. The entire book revolves around her and her adventures in this complicated world. She will discover the great secrets that are well hidden in the society, complex familiar plots and, of course, we can also find love in there. Although I thought the book was going to be quite predictable, in the end I could not help to be pleasantly surprised by the different situations. There are a few unexpected twists in the argument that leave you totally breathless, its interesting to find that something so simple can hide behind something so twisted. I liked how the origin of this "new" America is explained, little by little, so the reader can slowly learn and assimilate the basics. Many dystopian books skip this part and I think that sometimes leaving everything to the reader's imagination is not enough. Even if its a first book of a series, it is not very introductory, it is fast-paced, there are many misteries along the pages and, luckily for the readers, the romantic part is also very good. It seems real and logical. Even if the most important part of the book is perhaps the society created and the political interests that lie behind, but i liked almost everything of the novel. The characters felt real, the story was breathtaking and very original. I think its a perfect start for a series and i cant wait to read the more
by ambika
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