Thursday, December 17, 2015

Book Review: Queen

Title: Queen (The Black Coat Rebellion #3)
Author: Aimee Carter
Genre: Young Adult | Dystopian 
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: November 24, 2015
Format: Audio Book
Source:  Purchased

Kitty Doe is a Blackcoat rebel and a former captive with a deadly connection to the most powerful and dangerous man in the country, Prime Minister Daxton Hart. Forced to masquerade as Daxton's niece, Lila Hart, Kitty has helped the Blackcoats take back the prison known as Elsewhere. But Daxton has no intention of ceding his position of privilege—or letting Kitty expose his own masquerade. Not in these United States, where each person's rank means the difference between luxury and poverty, freedom and fear...and ultimately, between life and death.
To defeat the corrupt government, Kitty must expose Daxton's secret. Securing evidence will put others in jeopardy, including the boy she's loved forever and an ally she barely trusts. For months, Kitty's survival has hinged on playing a part. Now she must discover who she truly wants to be, and whether the new world she and the rebels are striving to create has a place in it for her after all (goodreads)

Captive was such a thrilling adventure that I was afraid Queen wouldn't live up to everything it had built up to. Allow me to put your worries at ease. 
Plot: Queen has so much happen for only 288 pages, but still seems to be the right length for this series ender. The trouble with a concluding book is that it's hard to avoid spoilers, so unfortunately, I can't speak too much for the overall story. You can guess that the ante has been upped like never before; lives are lost and Carter proves that she isn't afraid to hurt her characters. Despite all of the heartache and fear, Queen's ending satisfied me and seemed appropriate for the entire series.

Characters: Let me just say that no one is safe in Queen. If you thought that Daxton was at his most vicious in Captive, well prepare yourself for even more! Kitty Doe continues to be a strong character with reservations and a pure heart. Even though she is rough around the edges, I love how she has come to care for the Black Coat Rebellion, and how much she is willing to sacrifice for them. As you all know, there is a bit of a love triangle, but it all goes wrapped up nicely in Queen. Very nicely. SO VERY FRICKIN NICELY. THANK GOD.

Worldbuilding: We have explored most of the landscape in the Black Coat Rebellion series in Pawn and Captive. Even though we're exploring old terrain, it still delivers something new; and I would love to revisit this new America that Carter created.

Short N Sweet: Queen wraps up The Black Coat Rebellion series nicely, I'm just sad to say goodbye to these characters. 


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