Teen Book Club: Pawn

by Aimee Carter
Release Date: Nov 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Pages: 352

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.



Share it, Skim it, or Shelve it?

No hesitations about it, everyone said they’d share it. In fact, they wanted to know when book two came out and groaned when they heard it was the end of the year.

What do you think about the class system?  

There was a lot of discussion about this one. They all agreed it didn’t really work, especially since it only tested one type of intelligence. I started to push them a little on how it was really different from today. After all, things like SAT/ACTs and financial situation dictate what kind of colleges one gets into; and usually the better the college the better your job prospects. They agreed that it was more similar than one would think, but that we aren’t quite as restrictive as in the world in Pawn. After all, we still have the opportunity to pick what exact job we want to do and where we live.

Would you have taken the VII that Daxton offered?

The teens surprised me a bit with this one. They all said yes without a second thought. Even when I asked if they knew what it all entailed, they said they would have still done it. In their eyes, there was no other option. It was either get a bullet now or go for an adventure (and maybe get a bullet later).

What do you think about the masking process?

The thoughts on this one were kind of mixed. On one hand, it was pretty messed up and it felt like they were playing god. On the other hand, it was pretty cool technology wise that they could match appearances so closely. However, none of them understood why they couldn’t do the eye color. They felt it was a bit odd to be able to change everything else (height, foot size, voice, etc) but they hadn’t figured that out yet. They did bring up color contacts, but we thought maybe that would be too obvious to tell or the color was one that just couldn’t be matched.

What are your thoughts on Elsewhere?

For the most part they thought it was messed up. None of them were really too surprised by it. The teens had all figured that Elsewhere meant death, but they didn’t think it would be to that level. Although, I did have one teen who thought it would be a nice die-in-comfort place for the elderly. They agreed it was kind of wishful thinking on their part though.

Benjy or Knox?

There is a lot of mix emotions on this one. For the most part they felt like they could trust Benjy more, but as a character they thought he wasn’t needed. They felt like he was kind of “damsel in distress” where they felt like Kitty was rescuing/protecting him more often than not. They felt like his identity was too wrapped up in Kitty, especially since he was willing to give up everything to just to be with her. Some felt he was maybe too trustworthy and that he had his own secrets up his sleeve. They were all interested to see him fleshed out more in the upcoming books.

Knox they had a bit of harder time trusting. The teens were never quite sure whose side he was really on. They felt like he was looking out for Kitty, though, considering how many times he got her out of bad situations. As a character, they liked him WAY more and all agreed he’d be the one they’d want to have their backs in a fight.

I asked if they thought their was a love triangle happening and the general response was kind of. They didn’t think it was a full blown one yet, but there were definitely emotions brewing and could see it growing in the next book. There was a lot of discussion what would happen once they were married (if they married) and how they could see her leaning more towards Knox because of it.

What is your take on the Hart dynamics? Do you have a favorite member?

The word of the day for the Harts was fake, fake, fake. They thought the majority of them had major issues and needed help. The teens felt like the power had corrupted them into hateful and selfish people.

There were only two names thrown out in terms of favorites: Greyson and Celia. They thought Greyson was smart, but there were also a couple of comment on how they thought he was like a cute little puppy. They agreed he had his issues, but he was the most decent out of all his family members. Celia, on the other hand, they really liked because she could kick some major butt, however, none of them really trusted her.

What do you think of Lila?

None of them had a positive opinion of her. They thought she was a selfish, snotty brat. Although, consider her circumstances, they didn’t really blame her. They felt like her walls were to be expected, especially with all she has experienced. They still don’t trust her, but feel like there is a lot more to her that we’re not seeing.

What are your predictions?

They don’t see how Lila and Kitty could ever switch places again and that Kitty would be trapped much longer than should would like, maybe even forever. They didn’t think that Greyson would take the throne. In fact, they thought that Knox would be the one to likely take over the government. They felt this would usher in the change everyone was hoping for and that Daxton/Hart dynasty days were numbered.

Favorite scene?

  • Anything that involved Kitty climbing through the air vents. They loved what she was able to learn and that no one suspected she was up there because it was a small space.
  • As horrible as Elsewhere was, they thought the hunt in the woods was exciting. They loved the visuals it created.
  • The final face-off between Kitty and Augusta. Without giving anything away, they loved the intensity of the scene and how it ended.
  • The wake-up scene after Kitty has been masked.
  • The dance floor scene when Knox and Kitty share a kiss.
  • Daxton’s ultimatum: the bullet or a VII
  • Her first speech. They loved how passionate Kitty became during and after the speech. It was the first moment she realized how much a difference she could really make.


Program 4-1-1

  • When: February  27th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
  • How Many Teens: 14 teens; 3 boys/11 girls ranging from Grade 8 – 10
  • Cost/Supplies: Gallon Ice Cream plus toppings: $0 (left over from previous months) Books: $172 (paid via friends money)

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