Book Review : Captive by Aimee Carter

November 25, 2014 Book review 6 ★★★½

Pawn was my favourite dystopian book of 2013 and I couldn’t wait to dive into Captive.  I don’t think it was quite as shocking as I was anticipating the twists but I still really enjoyed it.  My quick summary of this book is I loved the pace and the action but I wasn’t overly attached to the characters (apart from Kitty).

Book Review : Captive by Aimee CarterCaptive by Aimee Carter
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion, #2
Published by Harlequin UK on 25th November 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

The truth can set her free For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, in a hostile meritocracy on the verge of revolution, Kitty sees her frustration grow as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoat rebels she is secretly supporting 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?

First Line of Captive by Aimee Carter

“Somewhere nearby, Benjy was waiting for me. “

Things I loved about Captive:

The political intrigue!  I never knew who to trust so I decided to trust no one which was maybe a move Kitty should have considered.  Even now two books in I still KNOW there will be shocks ahead in this series.  I love that I’m kept guessing and that the characters are experts at ducking and diving through lots of plot twists.

Kitty AKA Fake Lila: I can’t deny Kitty is a little naive and should be a little more wary when it comes to letting her guard down.  But I still admire her so much.  She is a fighter and willing to stand up for what she believes in no matter what the consequences.   She is also doggedly loyal and I love that she doesn’t allow herself to be used no matter how much those around her want to do just that.  Plus she is pretty flawed between being indecisive and a little innocent but that only makes her even more rounded.  I’m a fan!

The pace!  It’s relentless.  There are changes of setting, new characters, a battle, conspiracy theories and lots more to keep you on your toes.  I read it over a 24 hour period as I just raced through it.

Elsewhere:  What a setting.  It is horrifically brutal and a pretty rotten place to be a captive as life is considered worthless there.

The sex scene:  I thought it was refreshingly honest and was one of the few times where I was happy about Kitty and Benjy being together.  It felt sweet and a little embarrassing to read about which seemed appropriate.


Somethings that I didn’t love so much about Captive:

The bland romance.  I had this issue in book one and I still have it here.  I just don’t get the feels from Kitty and Benjy.  I feel like I’m being told that they love each other but I can’t buy into it, they feel boring and settled and I definitely get more of a friends vibe of them.  Now Kitty and Knox, I think there might be sparks there!

The history:  We still don’t get enough detail on how this world developed.  It is eluded to but not really explained as to how people bought into such a horrific have and have-nots society.  The world building is full of originality but I’d love to see this addressed and developed in book 3.

Overall this is a very readable dystopian series.  I really like Aimee’s style of writing and the fast and furious pace of the book.  And I’m normally more of a fan of character driven books but all the twists here keep me invested.  I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-half-stars


Who should read Captive by Aimee Carter?

I’d recommend this series to fans of YA dystopian novels especially if you like them full of originality and twists.  Fans of the The Progam by Suzanne Young or The Jewel by Amy Ewing should also like this one.

Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin UK for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.




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6 Responses to “Book Review : Captive by Aimee Carter”

    • trish

      I’m loving how original this series is. And yes it’s a pity about the meh romance but I have hopes that it might head in another direction anyway!

    • trish

      Ditto, I love my dystopias too 🙂 And something that makes this one stand out is how original it is. Hope you get to it sometime and enjoy the series!

  1. Lola

    I haven’t read the first book yet, it kinda sounds interesting, but I can’t decide whether to pick it up or not. I am sad to hear you didn’t feel the romance, that always makes me a bit disapointed. Although it sounds like a good book beside that, the political intrigue and fast pace both sound like good things. And a sex scene in a YA book done well is always a good thing :). Great review!
    Lola recently posted…Review: True Calling by Siobhan Davis

    • trish

      I know I just can’t buy the romance but on the other hand I THINK another romance might be on the cards and I think that one would sizzle so fingers crossed.

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