Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) by Aimee Carter

Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) by Aimee Carter

Goodreads Synopsis
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.

Previously titled Masked.

I liked this novel, but I wanted more. I wanted more explanation of what the test entails that Kitty took at the beginning of the novel. I am glad we didn't have to go through the test with Kitty considering how much came after, but a bit of an explanation of it (other than that it decides your forever fate) would have been nice. The "jump right into action" thing only semi-worked here because there is a lull between the end of Kitty's test and the beginning of the actual action. 

Another thing that needed expanding was the WHY. Why did society collapse? Why did the Hart's take over? Considering the grandmother was there when it happened AND that it was only approximately what 75 years before the beginning of the story, I want to know what happened. What was society like before the fall and why do the Blackcoats even want to go back to this pre-society? It is never explained and I feel like it really should have been.

The idea of Kitty only being able to stay with Benjy is if she becomes a prostitute was kind of a big question mark to me. It seems odd that you get ranked in this system and then can just peace out on your assigned job to become a prostitute. Shouldn't there be some sort of system in place to catch this? Or maybe instead of even getting tested they can choose to prostitute themselves? It felt awkward and as if it was an excuse to get Kitty into the main course of action. Also it seems strange that the ruler of the country (? area? land?) would actually be seen in the brothel. It would have made more sense for him to send someone ahead and have them bring Kitty back so that he was never seen there in the first place.

Then the whole Lila scheme was just kind of meh to me. The idea that Lila is the belle of the ball and still wants to make a positive, rebellious change was so interesting, but the family politics that surrounded it were so overplayed and not extremely well-written that it made me want to give up reading. Like Greyson is way too chill about his aunt wanting to kill him. It seems weird to me that the entire family would know about Kitty being switched in for Lila, it seems like too many people knew the plan for it to have been successful. If it had been Daxton and the Grandmother, okay I get it, but for Celia and Knox to be in on it????? It didn't make sense why they would have just resigned and gone along with it, even if they were working behind the scenes to shake it up. Because what mother would even semi go along with a plan to replace their daughter, especially if she wanted her daughter to be in control?

Honestly, I am glad it was a false hint at a love triangle, but it was a pretty pathetic attempt at one to begin with. It was awkward since Knox knew it was Kitty and not Lila; even though he had to "keep up appearances," it was pretty obvious that their friends would have known that it was a political marriage and not one of love so why the facade? Was there paps in the club? Or was it just an unnecessary fake love-triangle?

I will probably read the sequel and hopefully there is more to the pot and rebellion than just what we caught a glimpse of. I think that considering there is a rebellion to be led and that Kitty got thrown into it without much choice, it will end up being kind of disappointing but I'm always a fan of a good overthrow.

Overall: 3.5/5 stars because it was a good read with some plot holes.

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