Since The Hunger Games ended, I have been looking for a new book that lived up to how great they were. Searching, and searching.. I found one in The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Amaaaazing book. Then I searched some more, and I found some that were okay, and I found some good, and I found some bad.
Recently I received a book on NetGalley called "Pawn" by Aimee Carter". I've never read her before, but I see lots of great reviews for her books. I started the book a couple days ago, finished it last night, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Blurb from Amazon.com:
YOU CAN BE A VII IF YOU GIVE EVERYTHING.
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.
In a society where people are fined for having more than once child, and the child ends up in a group home if the fine cannot be paid, everyone has a numbered rank. We never hear about I's and II's, IIIs seem to be the grunts, IVs and Vs have a slightly better chance, and Vs and VIs are the office people, government staff where food is not sparse and lives are lived longer.
Kitty has lived in a group home all her life and is completely in love with Benjy, who grew up in the same house. On her seventeenth birthday she has her testing and only receives a III. Knowing she will end up dead before 40 from working a mine or some other menial horrible job, she chooses to go with Tabs to the clubs and sell herself so she can earn money to run away. Promising Benjy she would be back for him when he turns seventeen and has his own testing, she leaves.
She is purchased for an obscene amount of money, but her buyer doesnt want her for her body. He wants her eyes. Kitty has an extremely rare eye color, the same eye color as the presidents niece, who was killed in a skiing accident. Not wanting it to become public knowledge, they coerce Kitty into agreeing to their proposition without even knowing what it is. She is knocked unconscious and wakes up days later... as someone else.
They have made her into Lila, from her hair, to her toes, plastic surgery done to most of her body. Shes taller, with bigger feet. Daxton Hart, "the president" as we shall call him, tells Kitty that she is now Lila. She will learn to be Lila and live Lila's life or her own life and that of Benjy will be forfeited. To prove his point, he takes Kitty on a hunting spree where they travel to Elsewhere.. its where the elderly, infirm, and useless are sent.. Daxton hunts humans for sport. His target this time.. Nina, the only mother Kitty had ever known, from the group home. Daxton kills her with no remorse. Kitty agrees to do whatever he wants.
Kitty meets Celia, Lila's mother, and Knox, Lila's fiance. They help her learn who Lila was and how to become her. Everyone is under the tight control of Augusta Hart, Daxton and Celia's mother.
Everything is not as it seems. Knox and Celia seem to be trying to thwart the Hart family and push for change in the government. No more ranking system, like it used to be. Lila apparently had been helping as well, making speeches to the fact, which annoyed Augusta and Daxton.. which is probably the reason Lila died during the skiing trip.
Okay, I won't give away more of the book. I think that when this book is released in November, everyone should go read it. It was great, and I can't wait for another!