Published by Harlequin Teen on November 25th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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?
More often than not I’ve found that second books in a trilogy have a lot of problems. They tend to drag on and meander all over the place which can be a real let down after a really good first book. But then there are times when the first book in a series is just ok and the second book is A MILLION times better than its predecessor. That is the situation we have with Pawn and Captive.
When I was reading Pawn I felt like I had read the book before. Because I had, it was called the Shadow Children series, most specifically Among the Barons. When I was reading Captive I felt like the series had finally come into its own. Captive doesn’t feel like a copy of anything else and Kitty gets a chance to really shine as the awesome character I was sure she could have become.
One of the best parts of Captive was that I really couldn’t anticipate many of the moves that the characters around Kitty were making. The rules in Elsewhere are totally different from the regular world and it takes a while to get adjusted to the difference. Even then I couldn’t anticipate at least two huge twists that went on. When I look back I can see the clues and the little breadcrumbs but in the moment I was too immersed to be looking for them. That’s a huge compliment.
The ending of this book is such a beautifully cruel cliff hanger. I could hear myself say the words “what the fuck?” out loud to myself as I hit the last twist. I sat the book down and stared into space for a moment trying to process what just happened. And then I knew what I was going to do next. I was buying that next book and I was doing it as soon as my fiancee came home.
It’s been a while since I finished a book with a sequel that’s already out and said to myself “better get to the bookstore because I need this sequel NOW!” I think the last time I felt that urge was with The Selection Series and it wasn’t because they were really great, they were just addicting. This series is both good and a little bit addicting and I can’t wait to read the next book as soon as I possibly can.
What did you think of Captive? Share your thoughts in the comments, I’d love to hear them.
From my shelf to yours,