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K.I.A. by [Charalambides, Alexander]
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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 not making the grade at Truman Academy, the chill-inducing location for KIA by groundbreaking author Alexander Charalambides.

This first-rate YA thriller follows lead character Hildegard and her unlikely comrades -- Grace and David -- from their survival-of-the-fittest beginning at the isolated Alaskan military school to discovery of a startling secret about their own genetic pasts. 

In the process, they must 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.

Hildegard reluctantly assumes a leadership role as they fight to survive day to day and discover the true reason their parents have shipped them off to such a dreadful place. What common condition binds these extraordinary teens together, and what will they discover about their enigmatic shared beginnings and their tentative, danger-filled future? 


Clever characterizations and outstanding writing  elevate this Young Adult novel far above other stories in its genre ... At well over three hundred pages, the book nevertheless holds a reader's rapt attention from mysterious beginning to climactic finish. KIA is a storytelling triumph by standout writer Charalambides. We'll be on the lookout for more adventure-packed, character-driven work by this accomplished British author.
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Teenage Hildegarde Pine is a girl with a secret; she's off her meds. No longer confined by her wheelchair or crutches, Hildegarde plans a whole new life away from doctors, drugs and foster homes, but first she must find Cooper, the mysterious social worker who's been with her from the beginning. Truman, a military academy in Alaska looks like it might hold some answers.
Can Hildegarde find the information she's looking for? As events unfold in an unexpected direction she must choose between her mission, her life and something much more important.   

Product details

  • File Size: 1820 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0954729250
  • Publisher: Byzantion Books (October 31, 2017)
  • Publication Date: October 31, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B075F9J9DC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,545 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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