Pawn – Aimee Carter

Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) – Aimee Carter

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“But if you’re careful, if you keep your eyes open and pay attention to what your opponent is doing, if you protect your pawns and they reach the other side of the board, do you know what happens then?”

I shook my head, and she smiled.

“Your pawn becomes a queen.”

This book is an easy, well paced read, I’ll give it that. I wanted to continue reading, especially through the last half. I just never knew what was gonna be around the next corner.

However I feel like the only character that had any life is Knox. He seemed like he had a purpose, like he was a character who had made mistakes and just wanted to come out on the other side of them. He really does seem like a genuinely good person.

Kitty and Benjy? For starters, the name Kitty drove me insane the whole time. What a terrible name for your main character. She’s just not likable to me either, I was never really rooting for her. Benjy just fell flat for me, he was just thrown into the story. I feel like he had no reason to be in the story other than to be Kitty’s boyfriend.

I think I expect more depth from a main character and the ship that there seems to be the most focus on.

The other thing that bothered me was that I never understood how the world they came to live in, came to be. How one family found a way to rule, and how the ranking systems they have in place became what they are.

The idea was there, it was just missing some back story. I love learning about the history of dystopian worlds, I think that is why we read them. We want to know how it happened and what went wrong. That was the biggest thing missing for me. I can quickly get over semi-boring characters, its’s harder to get past a story without a history.

All in all, it sounds like I’m mostly being negative about this book, and I’m not trying to be. I actually did enjoy it. I am excited to pick up the next books and see what Carter does with the story.

“Never forget the potential one solitary pawn has to change the entire game.”