Author: Aimee Carter.
Expected publication: November 26th 2013 by Harlequin Tee
Sort: Part one of ‘The Blackcoat rebellion’
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
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.
“There was nothing special about me – I was just another Extra who should never have been born in the first place. I was a waste.”
The main problem with this book is the world-building. The beginning wasn’t too bad. We are introduced with the orphan Kitty Doe who is in a relationship with Benjamin Doe. She just had her seventeenth birthday and she got her number: III. The lower your ‘rating’ the worse your life. People with a I are even send away to a place called ‘Neverwhere.’ So when Kitty gets the opportunity to become a VII – a rate you only get when you are part of the ruling Hart family – she takes it. That’s where the information ends. We know that it all started with a bad economy and chaos, but it wasn’t enough to satisfy my need for more answers. And it didn’t make it very believable, which is a shame, because the promise is so unique!
Let’s move on to the characters. I’m not sure what to think of Kitty. On one hand, I liked her. She is very caring and is willing to sacrifice everything to keep her Benjamin save. It’s the only reason she accepts the offer. I thought she was brave when she took the step to become a prostitute (and I was surprised, because this is not a subject we often see in YA) and I liked her strength. BUT, she has a tendency to sound very whiny. There was a certain undertone in everything she said and thought that got on my nerves.
I liked that Benjamin and Kitty were already in a relationship. Most of the times I dislike the romance-driven story in a dystopian, but that’s not the case here. There are some side characters, like her new mother Celia, her fiancé Knox and her uncle Daxon. Because, Kitty is no longer Kitty. She has taken the identity of Lila Hart, a girl who died during an ‘accident'. Kitty is now a pawn in a true battlefield between family members. Secrets, lies, and conspiracies are her new life.
”Even if we’d never met, even if you never existed, I would still love you beyond all reason for the rest of my life.”
I didn’t care for any of these characters, to be honest. They were a bit flat and I got bored. There isn’t much going on besides the secret rebellion. I wished there was more action or at least more alternations to keep things interesting. So, I’m on the fence whether I want to continue this series or not.. I might give it a second chance, because it wasn't terrible.