I absolutely loved Pawn. I thought it was highly original and a fresh take on a dystopian society. Not to mention that it incorporates one of the most chilling stories ever: "The Most Dangerous Game". But there is something I've come to realize about Aimee Carter's series: they suffer from sophmore slump.For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.
But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.
As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?
Now, don't go thinking that is a write off for a death sentence. It's not. Captive is still worth reading. In fact, it adds a new layer to this story. I just don't know if it was as fresh as Pawn. A few things felt more forced, and I really didn't love Kitty the way I did when we first met. Knox continues to be a mystery, and Benjy is pretty boring. I'm pretty sure I'm supposed to root for Benjy and Kitty, but honestly, I'm kind of hoping he moves along.
One thing I can be certain of is that the finale will roll around in a blaze of glory, which is classic Carter style. At least I'm counting on that. There were so many questions left unanswered from both Pawn and Captive, that I need the third book to blow this plot out of Elsewhere.
I continue to recommend Pawn and Captive. Just don't expect to have the same feels the second time around.