Thursday, June 26, 2014
Pawn, by Aimée Carter
But what in fact is she signing up for? Once ensconced, she finds that the rulers may live a life of amazing luxury, but it is also a world of depravity and bloodlust. Family members plot and counterplot to hold on to power -- a cycle of violence that Kitty finds herself drawn in to as a helpless pawn.
So, what is there to say about this new addition to the vast family of dystopian trilogies? Not much. The setting isn't terribly plausible and, aside from an obvious dig at aptitude tests, there isn't much useful social commentary. Instead, we have to look for interesting characters and a strong story. Unfortunately the characters aren't terribly deep. Aside from a constant barrage of empty threats to kill to protect each other, there aren't really any signs of passion. There are at least two separate romances, but neither one feels real or elicits much interest.