Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #2
Also in this series: Pawn
Published by Harlequin Teen on 11/25/14
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
My content rating: YA (Characters do have sex, but nothing is shown; Violence)
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?
***NOTE: This review is for the second book in a series and may contain spoilers for the first book. Read my review of Pawn HERE.***
Captive picks up right where Pawn left off – Kitty has killed off Augusta and is still taking over for Lila Hart in order to help the Blackcoat Rebellion. Daxton, the Prime Minister, knows her secret, though, and she knows his – they’ve both been Masked, and are impersonating the real Daxton (who’s dead) and Lila (who’s in hiding). In this second book, Kitty has to decide if she is going to put her trust in Knox and continue to help the rebellion or try to escape with her life before it’s too late. She ends up doing something in between, with dire consequences.
What I LOVED:
- Elsewhere. I think my favorite part of this book was getting to see Elsewhere and to learn about what really happens there. Elsewhere is just as bleak as we’re led to believe in the first book – even more cutthroat and dangerous than the world that Kitty grew up in. Many of the people in Elsewhere are have lost hope and are waiting to die (something which is pretty much sure to happen there), but others are ready to fight for their lives. Then there are those who will do anything to get out – or at least ahead. They will sell out their friends and families if they have to. No one is safe in Elsewhere.
- The action. This book (especially the end) is full of action. We get to see the results of Kitty’s decisions and they’re not always (or even often) pretty. The stakes are incredibly high, and the rebellion rests on Kitty’s shoulders in some cases. When she makes a wrong decision, things go downhill fast. And when she chooses well – well, things still sometimes go downhill before they get better! We get to see the rebellion in full swing in this second book – and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out in the next book!!
- Lots of twists. Okay, I kind of saw most of these twists coming (although I wasn’t completely correct about the reveal toward the end of the book – I was close enough), but this was one of those books that was still enjoyable, even though I had an idea about what was coming. I was eager to see how Kitty would learn the truth – and I wanted to see if I was right and how it would all play out. So, in this case, knowing (or at least suspecting) didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book at all, instead it enhanced it in some ways!
- No trust. Every problem in this book was caused by the fact that the characters don’t trust one another and they constantly lie to each other. Knox won’t tell Kitty the truth that he learns about her and won’t trust her enough to tell her his real plans (until it’s almost too late) and Kitty won’t trust Knox enough to follow him OR to be truthful with him – or, really, anyone. She’s constantly saying, “Okay, I definitely won’t do that,” and then going and immediately doing the thing that she just said she wouldn’t do. Of course, I couldn’t completely fault her, since everyone around her was constantly lying – but it still got a little frustrating (she even did it to Benjy at one point!)
If you’re looking for a fantastic dystopian series that’s full of action and twists and turns, definitely pick this one up. This second book is just as strong as the first – no sophomore slump here! I give it 4/5 stars.
***Disclosure: I received this book from NetGalley and Harlequin Teen in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***
About the Author
Aimée Carter is the author of The Goddess Test series and The Blackcoat Rebellion series, both out now from Harlequin Teen. Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den, the first book in a new middle grade series, will be published by Bloomsbury in Fall 2015.