Kitty Doe was born an extra in a society where families are only allowed one chils, so she is raised in a foster home with 40 other children.  When she turns 17, she must take a test to determine her place in society, and she becomes a III, which lower than the average IV, which means that she’ll be seperated from her boyfriend and forced to work in the sewers.

She escape to a club, where the prime minister finds her and offers her a VII.  There’s a catch, however, that he doesn’t tell her until it’s too late.  In order to become a VII, she is Masked and becomes a perfect copy of his niece, Lila, who he had killed because of her rebellious actions.

Now Kitty has become a pawn in a game between two very powerful and dangerous people.  She must decide what actions o take in order to survive, and to become her own person again.

What I Thought:

This book was interesting.  I really liked the concept of the dystopian society being divided by abilities, though the test aspect reminded me a bit of Legend by Marie Lu. The outcome of the test was different and unique, and I liked that those in charge preached that everyone had an equal chance on the test, which is just a big fat lie.

I also loved that Kitty Doe, the main character, is dyslexic.  She is intelligent and capable, but she can’t read, which is the real reason she is a III instead of any higher.  The only other dyslexic hero in a middle-grade/young adult book that I can think of is Percy Jackson, and that is explained away as part of his godly heritage.  Here, dyslexia is just something that Kitty faces in a society that values traditional, book smart intelligence, rather than seeing the value in people who are different.

This book also has No LOVE TRIANGLE!  This is rare, and something to be celebrated.  The romance is very charming, and I love the depth of feeling between Kitty and Benjy.  Though there is no triangle, that’s not to say that there aren’t romantic complications.  When Kitty is forced to take the place of Lila, she finds out that Lila is engaged to the charming and secretive Knox.  She becomes friends with him, but there is never any romantic feelings.  Yay!

Overall, I really liked this book  filled with mystery and secrets.  Kitty feels very real, and everything she does is just to survive and help Benjy.  I loved how she didn’t want to join the rebellion because it is dangerous, which is a very real reaction.  The book contained so many twists and turns that I was always interested and didn’t want to put the book down.  I enjoyed the relationships between the characters and how no one could really trust anyone else.

Rating: 4/5


2 responses »

  1. I actually have to disagree here, and say that I really disliked Benjy, and I think this was the first time I wished for a love triangle so Knox and Kitty would get together 😀 I didn’t like how Benjy acted when Kitty was leaving, and what he asked her for, and it stuck with me for the rest of the book. It was disrespectful, and self-serving, and I think Kitty deserves a lot more than that!

    Note: I really liked the dyslexia bit too. It kept that realism so readers can connect with her even in a totally upside down world.

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