Pawn by Aimee Carter follows Kitty Doe, an orphan who lives in a society where everyone is assigned a rank, from I to VII. On her test, Kitty was ranked as a III, but then was given the opportunity to be Masked into a VII, but at the cost of her individuality.
The plot of the novel was interesting. It lacked the cliché love triangle that nearly all YA novels have nowadays. The plot was constantly moving forward and was suspenseful. I can honestly say that I spent a couple late nights reading this novel because there were a few curveballs I wasn’t expecting! Unfortunately, there were a few plot holes, too, but those weren’t major and didn’t have too big of an impact on the novel. I wish we were given more of a backstory of how this society came to be; there was little to nothing about the history of the society.
I felt as if the emotions of the characters weren’t developed as fully as they could have been. I never felt Lila’s mother’s desperation, or Benjy’s love, or Augusta’s arrogance. The emotions were written on the pages, but there were no tugs on my heartstrings. When I read a book, I want to fall in love with the characters. I wanted to love Benjy as much as Kitty supposedly did, but I just didn’t feel anything for him. On the bright side, Carter portrayed the antagonists in a way that left me sympathizing with them. Each antagonist was given a motive for his/her actions, which many books lack, so that was enjoyable.
Overall, I would recommend this book for the plot because it was fact-paced and left readers wanting more. I’m looking forward to reading the next two books, Captive and Queen! I would also recommend this novel to readers who liked The Selection by Kiera Cass.