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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Review: Captive by Aimee Carter

Captive by Aimee Carter
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #2
Publication Date: November 25, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 299
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction

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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 fiancĂ© 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?
 *An advanced reader's copy was provided by the publisher for and honest review*

Captive takes up right where Pawn left off. Kitty learns of the vile secret behind the Hart family, the Blackcoats rebellion is stirring, and Kitty feels as though she is left out of everything. That is, until she is placed in the prison of Elsewhere labeled a traitor; the same prison she had witnessed her foster mother murdered at the hands of the elected officials. It's "The Most Dangerous Game" meets Incarceron in Elsewhere. But, like all prisons, it coincidentally holds all of the secrets that Kitty needs to know.

I was please that Captive travels outside of the Hart estate and allows us to see the confines of the prison. Unfortunately, Kitty still didn't strike gold with me as she had done in the first novel. She was willing to find answers and remain outspoken without any consequence to her own personal safety, or that of anyone around her. Strength can flourish in more ways than just keeping a main female protagonist butting heads with all the wrong people rather than remaining cautious. Unfortunately, Kitty's necessity of seeking answers rather than remaining cautious in a well-calculated society will be the death of her if she does not overcome this fault.

As far as the romance in the novel went, Kitty and Benjy was sweet and not overly expanded on in the book. It is not a book heavily relying on the romance to pull the weight of the plot, and I'm glad. If the budding/awkward romance between the two had been the cornerstone of the novel I would have put it down immediately. But the key scenes with Knox, who happens to be one of my favorite characters because of how I cannot pinpoint his expectations or intentions, stood out to me. Thankfully there was no love-triangle in this installment either, and just focused on the first-love romance with Benjy, but the facade of Kitty/Lila and Knox was still entertaining while it lasted. I look forward to his involvement in the final book, most definitely.

Overall, Captive stayed strong with its twits and turns. Aimee Carter's Blackcoat series does pack a punch, and while Captive didn't compare with Pawn, it did keep me on my toes. I hope that Kitty fares better with her character development in the final book, and that Carter explodes my expectations.

Four targets slayed for the rising rebellion