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Mini Book Reviews: Pawn and Allegiant

On deck for today’s mini-reviews are two really good dystopias, Pawn by Aimee Carter (of The Goddess Inheritance series) and Allegiant by Veronica Roth (third and final of the Divergent series, which is coming to a theater near you this spring).
First, Pawn.

Book Synopsis:  In a world where everyone is given a ranking, and that rank determines your life, Kitty Doe is a throwaway- an extra. When she scores a 3 (III) on her test, her life is regulated to menial jobs and living on scraps, until a way shows itself for her to jump from III to VII- the highest of the high. However, things aren’t always what they seem, and Kitty is thrown deeper into a murky world of politics and cutthroat family ties that she never could have dreamed. Will her desire for a better life be her undoing, or can she prove that she is more than someone’s Pawn?

My thoughts: I was drawn into the book from the first, although like a lot of teens I am a huge dystopian fan so give me a good story with a twist and I get into it. Kitty is a little less forthcoming for my tastes as a heroine- she seems to spend more time scared than using her street smarts and intelligence (which we see in the first few chapters, and pops up from time to time) to get out of situations. There is a lack of world building in Pawn as well, which may not bother some readers, but it nitpicks at me. It’s a good start to the series, and I’m interested enough to see where it’s going.

Next, Allegiant.
Book Synopsis:  After joining the Allegiant, Tris and Four are picked to escape the city walls and contact their predecessors, only to discover that there are more cities like theirs- and that they are a huge experiment to see if by controlling human nature and genetics humans can rid the world of war.  Told in alternating chapters of Tris and Four (Tobias’) viewpoints, Tris and Tobias must figure out what to do with this new information, and when new factions arise outside the cities make choices that could sever their relationship once and for all.
My thoughts: I counted down for this book, and could NOT put it down. I know there are those out there that are completely upset by the ending (SPOILERS SWEETIE) but there are times where there can be no happy ending, and this is one story that I felt should be that way. I loved all the twists and turns and complete roadblocks, and oh, I can’t wait for this to come to theaters. Tris and Tobias are torn apart by their choices, their beliefs, brought back together, and find that the outside world, which seems so perfect, is just as flawed as theirs, if not more so. This was completely me at the end: