In the empty children’s ward, I have time to think...
Hildegard Pine holds her frosty breath on the edge of a snow-filled clearing, watching a couple of teen-aged fellow students being led away with bags over their heads, never to be seen again.That’s the grisly consequence of failure at Truman Academy, the chill-inducing location for KIA.
Follows lead character (and kick as protagonist) Hildegard and her unlikely comrades — Grace and David — from their survival-of-the-fittest beginning at the isolated Alaskan military school to the discovery of a startling secret about their own genetic pasts.
In the process, they cope with grueling physical training and draconian interpersonal conditions that often pit them against both peers and sadistic instructors.
“It’s a fascinating read that moves fast and features acerbic, clever repartee among the intrepid trio as they struggle against both their hostile far-north environment and a harsh boot camp-like school setting”