Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Title: Pawn
Author: Aimee Carter
Rating: 4/5

YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP 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.

Questions will be answered at the end of this month- beginning of next month!

Questions at the back of the book/instead of a review :P :

1. Do you believe that your life's work should be determined by a test you take when your 17?

2. What kind of job do you think would be assigned if you took that test now? When you were 25?

3. If your life was limited by restrictions- your job, the area where you live, having only one child and going to Elsewhere when you turn 60- do you believe you would be eager to achieve and succeed in life?

4. Kitty's dyslexia limits her future. Do you think children and teens today who have dyslexia are also under unfair burdens? Do you know people with dyslexia, and how do they cope? How do their families and teachers react?

5. What would you give up to get out of the life that was predicted for you?

6. Do you believe that life in a meritocracy is "fairer" than one where your family or a lucky break benefits you? What happens if someone plays with the system?

7. One of the reasons why this America became a meritocracy was overpopulation. Do you think that the strain of overpopulation might lead us in this direction unless changes are made? What can be done to create a better future?

8. Instead of an elected official, this America has a prime minister, and the role is inherited. How does the idea of one family in power match with the meritocracy in this country?

9. Kitty gives up her own name and not-so-bright future to take on another girl's name and family. Would you be willing to give up your own life to live someone else's?

10. Even in an ordered society, there are those who find a way to rebel. Do you think Tabs was right to encourage Kitty to follow in her footsteps?

11. Almost everyone- except for Benjy - is keeping secrets in this book. Are you good at keeping secrets? How would you live lying to everyone around you?

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