Review: Pawn

Posted: 01/08/2015 in book reviews, books
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Pawn by Aimee Carter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Content warnings: death, murder, attempted sexual assault

This was an interesting story to read. Kind of like a futuristic dystopian type story. Main character is very glaringly white (literally she’s amazed at how white her skin is after the thing happens that I’m not going to spoil).

The basic idea is that everyone is given an aptitude test and you can test anywhere from I-VI. There is another rank, VII which is basically only royalty. And royalties kids are automatically given VII. I is basically the people who are “useless” to society. II are people who are just barely above useless and aren’t expected to live long. III are people who are just under average who also aren’t expected to live long (like older than 40). IV is average intelligence. People who are useful and can deal with higher level jobs than II and III. V and VI are above average and literally just under ruling class in wealth. It’s a very unsettling outlook. There’s literally no mention of non white people. So if they exist they’re not mentioned.

I won’t say what happens to I and the elderly because that’s a shock value thing that made me sick and I would rather not remember it right now. But it’s seriously disturbing.

There is gun violence in this book (part of it has to do with the above mentioned paragraph) in two specific parts. And a mention of a bombing (well 3 bombings).

It’s an interesting thought as to how the future could happen but it’s also severely disturbing. Oh and the results of your aptitude test are tattooed on the back of your neck. Which is a big part of the plot.

I’ll likely read the other two books in this trilogy but more to see how it finishes and to see how much of The Hunger Games and Battle Royale it takes from. Because we’ve already got the population control and fear of both of those books.

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