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Captive by Aimée Carter Book Review

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?

I've read a few of Aimée Carter's other books, including the first book in this series. I really enjoyed Pawn, I loved the political manipulation that ran through the majority of the book and the world that the author has created. It's an interesting, dystopian world with an unfair caste system that the main character, Kitty, is all too familiar with. I almost immediately was hooked on the story and yet somehow didn't manage to get around to reading the second book until now. I loved the first book and I was hoping Captive would be just as good.

Unfortunately I was a little disappointed. Through the majority of the book Kitty annoyed me a lot, she seemed whiny and demanding to me along with being pretty careless when it came to taking risks. Then something big happens which brings us to the transition this book is titled for, captive. She's taken to Elsewhere, where those who commit crimes and the elderly are sent that no one has really seen or has information about. She's being held there for taking one to many risks, one that has cost her more than she ever thought she had bargained. This is probably the most interesting part of the book, the author developed Elsewhere well. Elsewhere... this place that is very different then the world Kitty grew up knowing. It's brutal and dark, yet Kitty is still fighting and trying to help those imprisoned with her, even now when she's been stripped of nearly everything she cares about.

As the book continues, there is a decent plot line being developed and definitely some character development as Kitty certainly goes through a lot. One of the things I liked most is how the book portrays a lot of the characters in Elsewhere, it's a hard place to live and sometimes you don't know who is an ally and who is an enemy. Why? Because everyone is desperate. While this book wasn't necessarily as enjoyable as the first I don't think it was awful either. I can see why the author wrote things a certain way or made things so dark...it's all to tie things together in the last book (or so I assume) which makes me less upset that I didn't like Captive as much as I did Pawn.

There's no shortage of concealed identities and secrets in this book and while I found I didn't like Kitty's character in this book, I have hopes that she will redeem herself in the next book. Ignoring Kitty, the world-building is great and realistic, and the plot is pretty good although I did see through a major twist, there was another one that surprised me. I would, however, warn you away if the brutal conditions of Elsewhere will be too depressing or if you have a strict "no annoying main characters" rule. I'm giving Captive 3 out of 5 flowers.
Sara Bennett, someone more likely to be found in bed, curled up with a good book, than out at a sports game or a gig (although she's pretty addicted to music too). Hoping for a better world, believing in her Savior, daydreaming of One Direction, hanging out with friends, or wherever she may be or might be doing....there's always a little voice inside wondering if it's almost time to return to the books sitting on her shelf. In short, an average young woman with a book in hand and a dream to write one day.


1 comment:

  1. I had the same thoughts through out the beginning of the book (until elsewhere) I hated Kitty for most of this book. she was just too annoying, spiteful, always acting on impulse, and really caused more issues than helped. I think though one it hit elsewhere she grew on me. I am not sure how or why and at the end of the book she redeemed herself in my eyes. I think the last part of the book was phenominal and ended up loving it seeing how the first part of the book was needed to build the story and characters more. I do love all the secrets and betrayals in this series. I am sad too see it disappointed you a bit but understand why. I am hoping the next book is a huge bang.

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