Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion trilogy, Book 1
Author: Aimée Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Content Rating: Older Teen (sensuality, violence)
Format Read: ARC (EpicLibrarian)
Find It On: Goodreads
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.
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In a Sentence: A quick read with an interesting dystopian premise, uncomplicated political intrigue, and lots of twists!
Although this book seemed like it should've been kind of complex with its strict caste system and political aspects, the surprisingly uncomplicated story and easy writing style made it a breeze of a read. The political intrigue was even simple and engaging enough that I not only followed it but actually enjoyed it, and I'm rarely one for anything to do with politics. Kitty had a good balance of self-sacrifice and self-preservation - she was willing to die for the boy she loved (and had loved since before the book began - no instalove here!), but struggled to stay alive if she could. When given the opportunity though, she was willing to sacrifice her own happiness to do more for the lesser numbers and possibly free them - and ultimately herself - which made her someone worth rooting for.
Conclusion: An easy and entertaining read that I recommend for YA dystopian lovers. As this is Book 1 in a trilogy, I will definitely be continuing the series to find out what happens!
4 out of 5 Scribbles