“Pawn” Book Review – Are You the Number on Your Back?

Before the novel…

Have you ever heard the phrase, “never judge a book by its cover”? Yea. I ALWAYS judge a book by a cover. If it doesn’t look cool, I probably won’t pick it up. I found this book at HEB on my way to the register and it definitely caught my eye. I walked toward it and the next thing I know, I was already on chapter 3. Needless to say, I was eager to get home to continue this novel.

(Photo Credit: Aimee Carter) Pawn Book Cover
(Photo Credit: Aimee Carter) Pawn Book Cover

Pawn by Aimee Carter


Pretend you just turned seventeen. You live in an orphanage with your boyfriend, Benjy and a woman who is the only mother figure you’ve ever known. Your life is about to be determined by an exam all seventeen year olds take to establish their life professions. The problem isn’t the test. It’s that you cannot read. You’re not unintelligent. You can write down an entire novel word for word if it’s read to you, you just can’t read. Once you take the exam, you are tattooed a number on the back of your neck. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a IV or V; those are the type of occupations you want; teacher, care provider, etc. If you’re really lucky, you might get a VI or VII, but that’s rare, unless you are one of the Harts. VI and VII means royalty and wealth. Anything below a IV meant all the crappy jobs; working in the sewer, picking up trash, cutting grass, or selling yourself for money.

My name is Kitty Doe and I got a III.

My life is over. I didn’t deserve a III but I couldn’t understand the words. Embarrassment filled me to the core. I decided the only way to change my fate was to run away with my aunt. However, there was a situation. I have no idea where they brought us. All I know is that we were captured. I’m not sure how many days have passed, but when I awoke, I looked into the mirror and I didn’t see my face. I saw Lila Hart, the wealthiest daughter of our leader, Daxon Hart, not me.

What I liked:

– Kitty Doe is a character we can all relate to; she is trying to better herself and to find her purpose in life. She will also stop at nothing to protect those she loves. She’s got spunk, wit, and an attitude. Kitty Doe is an extremely likeable protagonist and I cannot wait to see what becomes of her in the sequel!

– The suspense! HOLY SWEET JESUS! Every chapter ends in a cliff hanger! “OMG what’s going to happen next?!” This novel is definitely a page turner!

– The forced love triangle between Kitty, Benjy, and Knox. That’s all I’m going to say.

– Greyson! I loved his character! He’s so sweet and genuine!

– It’s an easy read and a dystopian novel!

– This novel sort of reminded me of The Hunger Games; they are ranked and forced to play an atrocious game where the lead character is a female.

***Random note: This would be an awesome movie. Just saying.

What I didn’t like:

– THAT IT ENDED! I knew the ending was near and a part of me wanted to stop reading so I didn’t have to get to the end!


I would give this YA novel a 4.5/5! You’ve got to read this.

About Valeria Espinoza

Hey guys! I'm Val. 28 years old. Mother of three pups. Marvel enthusiast. Bibliophile. Professional Napper. Cosmetologist. BA in English. Former percussionist. Yea. I've been busy. :)

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