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?
Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion # 2) picks up shortly after the end of Pawn. Since I just finished reading Pawn, it was easy for me to jump back into this world and not wonder what happened previously. Since being surgically transformed into Lila Hart through Masking, Kitty Doe has been forced to make some interesting decisions and choices in order to remain alive. One of those choices is to continue working with and pretending she's in love with Knox Creed while keeping Benjy protected at all times and allowing Prime Minister Hart to believe she's on his side.
One of the things that absolutely drove me nuts this time out, was the secrecy between the characters, the betrayal in the face of stunning revelations, and the fact that Kitty and Knox can't truly trust each other since they continue to keep things from the other. I don't blame Kitty. Kitty has become involved in the Rebellion after rising to the occasion in Pawn and now she wants to do more. That's not happening quickly enough for her so she takes things into her own hands which may or may not end up the way she hoped for.
Because of this, Kitty uncovers documents that clearly affect her, and ends up being sent to Elsewhere where nobody ever leaves. Kitty's first day shows her how hard Elsewhere really is, and why the caste system needs to be torn apart and replaced. Nobody can be trusted. Everyone is out for their own selves. There are also some deep secrets that lie within the confines of Elsewhere that are brutally horrific.
During her first days there, Kitty has an interesting relationship with both Isabel Scotia and Hannah Mercer who definitely play key parts in Kitty's stay. I can't say much more about either character except that if you are an author, and you introduce someone new to the story, you pretty much give away why that person is important to your main character.
Captive picks up on Pawn's theme that Kitty is a chess piece or prop, and sometimes you need to keep your strongest pieces in the background, while allowing the weaker pieces to show their hands. Kitty is a pawn and tries really hard to not allow herself to be used in that way. She wants to be the Queen, but her dyslexia is definitely a handicap because she is unable to look at things and understand how it affects her.
Kitty is still a character who will do anything for the people she loves, especially Benjy. He is the one person that she is willing to do whatever it takes to protect and when she realizes she may not be able to do that, everything changes. Captive is perhaps more action packed than Pawn. It definitely fills the quota of betrayals and surprises.
I have to admit that the story does take a HUGE step forward and not backwards which is a plus. The ending of Captive leaves just enough rope for readers to cling to hopes that Carter will wrap up this trilogy in a way that will allow Kitty to have her HEA and not be another Tris. Captive has a fairly high body count. Readers should understand that this is a rebellion and therefore people will and do die.
Next Up: Queen (The Blackcoat Rebellion #3) releases 2015.
Author - Aimee Carter
Title - Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion # 2)
Published by Harlequin Teen
Expected release date: November 25, 2014
Format: E-Book, 304 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian