Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: November 25, 2014
Genre: Young Adult // Dystopia //
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)
For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.
But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.
As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price (goodreads)?
If you thought Pawn was chock-full of political intrigue...then you haven't seen anything yet!
Plot: First off: WOW. Just WOW. Pawn set up this story with a nice, pretty bow. We got background and we were introduced to the political struggle and were shocked by a volley of plot twists. Captive does not take it slow, instead we were assaulted with even more twists and turns and left guessing who truly had Kitty's best interest at heart. My heart stopped while reading some scene, then it raced after reading other scenes. I haven't felt this engaged in a story in a long time. The pacing was perfect, Aimee would give us a little line, then reel us in, give us a little more line, THEN LETS EVERYTHING HITS THE FAN, the she gives us a little more line. I finished Captive (at 2 in the morning) feeling a bit breathless and exhilarated.
Characters: Kitty Doe is the same feisty Extra that we grew to love in Pawn. My one complaint is her determination to prove that she's not a pawn leads her to make stupid decisions. Then said stupid decisions get her in trouble, and she immediately looks for someone to bail her out. No Kitty, either stop doing stupid things, or learn how to get yourself out of trouble without implicating other people.
Pawn had major hints of a love triangle between Benjy and Nox, Captive had even more hints of a love triangle but it was enjoyable . I liked this love triangle because it was in the background. Kitty would hear whispers of returned emotions, but there was never more than a page dedicated to the romantic drama. For what it's worth, I'm all about Nox.
In Captive we are introduced to a new cast of characters who were either allies of Kitty or using her. Each character was painted so perfectly that I couldn't distinguish friend from foe either.
World Building: The slums of D.C and the Hart Estate were the main landscape of Pawn, we were also introduced to the horrific dead lands known as Elsewhere. A majority of Captive, takes place in Elsewhere and boy let me tell you, Pawn only gave us a snippet of what really goes in there.
Short N Sweet: Aimee Carter truly outdid herself when she penned Captive. Captive is even more exciting, has more twists, and a bigger of array of characters who will keep you guessing until the last page. I can't wait to see how Queen will wrap everything up!