KIA is my first shot from a new-to-me author, Alexander Charalambides. The teasers I saw promise a very interesting bits of the storyline so I gave in and bought my copy.
KIA starts in a conversational way, making the readers get involved in the protagonist Hildegard Pine's mission. It's the 'wait, I didn't signed up for this, why am I now involved in all of these?' kind of opening. And it ain't bad.
The story revolves around Hildegard Pine, her search for her missing friend, her social worker, Jonathan Cooper, which unexpectedly opens a plethora of secrets she herself have never imagined. And Truman Academy, the military academy she was (sort of) unwilling to sign up for became her training ground, her asylum, but more importantly, the place that made sense to her true nature. Though for a fact, I don't like Hildegard's indecisiveness. I mean, who goes to a war without a plan? She's been a consistent 'I'll plan when I'll get there' kind of gal. As for the other characters, I didn't pay much attention as my interest focused on the scenes.
KIA kind of reminds me of The Fifth Wave. I won't dish everything out in here but here's the meat for KIA: what if the truth you've been believing all your life isn't the truth after all? What are you willing to do and how far are you willing to go in search for truth?
KIA portrays a plot of disturbing the comfortable. Cloning? Human programming? Surveillance? It's a YA version of some of the conspiracies (as it was labeled and told) in this modern world. Kudos to Alexander Charalambides for bringing in a YA version of our most loved non-YA action/crime/thriller books and films.
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