Published by Harlequin TEEN on November 25, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian
Source: ecopy from Publisher
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: Captive is the Sequel to Pawn, which must be read first to fully understand and enjoy Captive.
You can check out my review of Pawn HERE
When I read Pawn a few years ago, I told you I was a little burnt out on dystopian. And that was at a time where Dystopian novels were at their peak. They seemed to be everywhere! And they all kind of started to look the same to me. And I got kind of bored of reading the same formula over and over again. But I really enjoyed Pawn. It didn’t seem to be just like all the other dystopians out there, and it was really well executed. I loved the world building that she had in Pawn. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing and the world is awful and disgusting enough to have you completely invested in the series. But after I finished reading Pawn, there was such a long wait until Captive came out, and I kind of jumped back off the Dystopian bandwagon. I have read a couple since then, and they were mostly all kind of blah to me. Nowadays I tend to stay away from them, but I kept going back to Captive. I wanted to read it and see if I would enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Pawn. And I did! This is a series that makes me believe not all Dystopians are bad!
Kitty is an interesting character to me. Sure, she is a little gullible, but she is only a teenage girl thrust into a world of so many lies and political deception, that I don’t blame her for not knowing which way is up and who to believe. I continue to be fascinated by the world that Aimee Carter created. There is a lot going on in Captive. This series is not short on action, and I couldn’t always tell which way things were going to go. The amount of lies, and new characters that Aimee Carter introduced in this installment had me second guessing almost everything. It added to the drama of the book. I think the Blackcoat Rebellion series should be dubbed a s new genre- a dystopian soap opera. It was kind of amusing how much of a dramatic turn this story has taken, and I think there is even more drama in store for us in the next book. (which I think is the final book in the series, but I am not totally sure.)
I am not totally sure about my feelings for Benji anymore though. This book made him seem a little less steadfast than I remember from the first book. I remember being super impressed by his loyalty to Kitty, and now I a little less sure. We will have to see what happens in the next book. Overall, I am really enjoying the Blackcoat Rebellion series. I have always been a fan of Aimee Carter, and now I am even more so, because she brought me a dystopian drama series that I am really enjoying. I thought Captive was a strong follow up to Pawn, and I am tough critic when it comes to dystopian novels. Bring on Queen!
Other books in the Blackcoat Rebellion Series:
Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books
I liked Pawn okay, but when I read Captive I had a really negative reaction to Kitty. She’s always doing stupid stuff without thinking it through first… and people around her end up paying for it. BUT– I’m SO curious about Queen for some reason. Will I still hate Kitty as much as I did in Captive?? Maybe it was just the setting that was making her so intolerable for me. Maybe she’ll be better outside of the camp. UGHH. Maybe I’ll wait and see what you think of it!! (and yuck to Benji. I’m not feeling him anymore!)
Michelle @ Book Briefs
I know about Benji! I was the most disappointed about him. I remember reallyyyy liking him in Pawn, but in Captive he made me all frown-y. And that really bummed me out. I need to buy Queen and see what I think. I know a ton of people really are irked by Kitty, so we will see.
Thanks for stopping by Michelle! 🙂
I haven’t heard of this series before. I like that the second book still keeps you guessing what’s going to happen and the action is engaging. Maybe I’ll have to find this one at the library.
There are so many dystopians out there, so it’s nice to hear this one stands out from the pack. I need to go back and check out the first book in the series.
This series has been on my horizon for sometime. Definitely on my wishlist