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Pawn

Narrated by: Lameece Issaq
Series: The Black Coat Rebellion, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Summary

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.

©2013 Aimée Carter (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Loved it!

Loved this book, excellent storyline add in some great characters and a scandal or two and you have a thoroughly enjoyable read. Would recommend to all

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  • Ashley
  • 09-03-14

Surprisingly addictive

What made the experience of listening to Pawn the most enjoyable?

The narrator did a wonderful job bringing the story to life. A well written, unique take on the dystopian young adult genre.

What other book might you compare Pawn to and why?

The book can and surely will be compared to Hunger Games. The heroine has the strength we all admire in Katniss--the two share the impoverished background and lack of control in regards to the situations they end up facing.

What does Lameece Issaq bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Lameece did a fantastic job differentiating the characters--breathing accurate personality into the dialogue. Simply outstanding.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A pawn becomes a Queen.

Any additional comments?

Well worth the listen/read. I highly recommend.

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  • Kayla
  • 03-02-14

don't have to pay attention while commuting

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It's a young adult read that doesn't transition enough into being enjoyable for adults too. The issues are a bit too simplistic. I'd try to enrich the subplots, but then it would lose its place in its genre. So, leave the book as it, it just wasn't right for me.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It was good as it was actually. I'd have psychoanalyzed the cast a bit more. More followthrough.

Which character – as performed by Lameece Issaq – was your favorite?

Can't recall. Enjoyed the reading overall though.

Did Pawn inspire you to do anything?

Pawn put me in mind of Hunger Games, wherein you can rebuild a lot about a person's externals.

Any additional comments?

Good book for listening to but not giving your full attention to. So like, while driving, doing errands, etc.

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  • Sarah
  • 05-07-15

Stupid character makes foolish decisions.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

We're told through the clunky narrative that the main character, Kitty, is surprisingly intelligent. I can't see how.She cannot make a single logical connections herself without someone outright explaining it to her. "Whhhhat? The guy so evil he's practically twirling his mustache wants to do me harm? Le gasp!" She cannot read (yes, she has dyslexia but so do others without being 100% illiterate), and she consistently makes foolish decisions. "Oh sure, I'll become a prostitute, but that doesn't mean I'll have to sleep with the men, right?" Idiot.

Has Pawn turned you off from other books in this genre?

Honestly, I'm starting to think I should be more choosy with YA. I love the genre, I love dystopia, but MY GOD was this book bad. I'm giving them a break for a bit.

Would you be willing to try another one of Lameece Issaq’s performances?

She seemed unpracticed in separating narration and dialog. Not terrible, but not really good either.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I stopped four hours in. So no?

Any additional comments?

Wish I could get my money back, but I bought this one like a year ago and didn't bother listening until now. Shame.

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  • Howard
  • 03-12-13

Not as strong as others in this ilk

Another in the young heroine leads the rebellion breed of young adult novels. Not a strong of character development or plot as Hunger Games or Divergent but an enjoyable listening experience. Kitty has just turned legal age and must be tested for assignment to one of the six classes of citizens in future America. Her disappointing upbringing in an orphanage in Washington D.C. leads to a less than satisfactory class and work assignment in a distant city away from her slightly younger lover interest. After seeking an alternate life style on the edges of society she is recruited by the heads of the country to serve as a replacement for a deceased third in line successor to the throne. To tell you more would spoil the enjoyment of Pawn.

The story makes several half-hearted stabs at making social commentary about the divisions which separate the ‘haves’ and the ‘haves not’ of the country and the abuses which corrupts those with absolute power. The author inflicts no particular judgment allowing the reader to decide for themselves the proper level of outrage they wish to assign to any particular atrocities exposed through Kitty’s assumption of the secretly deceased niece’s life.

Pawn is a perfectly adequate expenditure of a credit and may just be the start of as entertaining series of novels. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

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  • Komal Sampat
  • 20-03-16

Very dumb and juvenile

The story has so much more potential. The idea is interesting but makes me think of the Divergent series. The story was too silly. There is no substance to it. Just fluff

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  • Tuesday
  • 12-02-19

A good idea, written poorly

I was so excited to read this, but it had the same downfall as The Godess Test. Every intuitive plot line just goes straight out the window, any suspense is gone, any meaningful world building is replaced by fluff.
Were you expecting a hardened street girl that got luered into a trap by misterious rich men? Were you expecting plot twists where she realizes the gig she signed up for is actually dangerous and the people she trusted are actually using her? Were you expecting a coming of age tale where she realizes the society she lives in is actually corrupt and she's the only one with the opportunity to change things now that she's part of the elite?
THAT'S NOT WHAT YOU GET AT ALL!
Any suspense goes out the window as soon as the plot picks up because the villain tells you everything so plainly that it's almost funny. It just ends up not being the story it sold itself to be.

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  • Mutant_cat
  • 03-11-17

Introduction chapter more than a real book.

Not a bad book, overall, but it has that feeling of "chapter" rather then "novel". I know it is not a stand alone, but still, it doesn't complete narration or close any aspects of the story. It was more like an introduction than a real feel of the narrative, and I was a little disappointed by that Also, I was not a fan of the characters either, and felt things were a little predictable along the story. I'm not sure if I'll accompany the narrative to the end.

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  • TLCB
  • 24-06-17

Solid narration; Entertaining

I thought the narration was very "real" and tone fit the story well. Good listen even if it isn't the most incredible story I have ever heard. Entertaining.

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  • Julia
  • 10-02-17

Totally out preformed my expectations!

If you love first person female protagonist dystopian trilogies as I do (they are my listening candy to break up textbooks and assigned reading/listening) this one is a hidden gem. Better than many as a book one. I usually expect the first book to be a little cliche before the meat of a series comes in 2 & 3 but this one defies that rule. The sample clip had me worried that the narrator would be too old to be befitting a young woman, but that seems to have been just in the clip. A narrator can break a good book and in this one she does the character more than justice.

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  • Jean
  • 21-11-16

Not Bad

Where does Pawn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the first one, but I like it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kitty, because she showed a lot of courage to step forward to be a VII and leave all of what she knew behind. Thankfully she got to see Benjy again.

Have you listened to any of Lameece Issaq’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. I don't like how she narrarates the men/boy's voices.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, when they went to the place where Knox had gotten the guns, and Lila was there.

Any additional comments?

No.