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26 December 2013

Pawn (Blackcoat Rebellion #1)

Pawn by Aimee Carter is the first book in her Blackcoat Rebellion series - set in a dystopian United States future.

Kitty Doe just took her test. At seventeen each citizen takes a test to see where he/she will work for the rest of their lives. Their ranking from I to VII will determine how comfortable their lives will be. Though people who score a I or II are rarely see again. Kitty is smart, but only scores a III. All of her life she believed that the test put people where they were supposed to be. Now she is told she will work in the sewers in Denver. But her boyfriend, Benjy, has yet to take the test. She is sure he will get a VI - the highest anyone outside of the ruling family can score.

Before Kitty can dwell too long on her fate, she is approached by someone she never thought she would see in person - and asked if she wants to become a VII. She will be Masked, or surgically changed, to look like the Prime Minister's niece, Lila Hart. What she doesn't realize, is the the real Lila Hart was just murdered.

Carter has created a believable world where rebellion is about to arise. She has placed her main character at the center of the fray - giving her a voice to influence the rebels, but possibly at the risk of her life. Read this fast-paced series that reads like a cross between dystopian science fiction and the feel of a royal family structure out of historical England.

Carter, Aimee. (2013). Pawn. New York: Harlequin Teen.

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