Thursday, December 12, 2013
Introductions (The Academy) by C.L. Stone
Introductions truly is an introduction to all of the characters in The Academy series. The narrator, Sang, comes from an abusive home. Her mother is a recluse and never leaves the house. She lectures her two daughters about how dangerous the outside world is and forbids them from socializing with others outside of school. A simple phone call from a potential friend does not go unpunished. Her father is very withdrawn from the family and is nothing more than a provider from what I could tell. He goes to work every day and drives the girls to their high school registration, but that is about it.
One evening Sang decides to spend an evening out on her own. While on her way, a neighbor's dog knocks her down and causes some minor injuries. That is how she meets Kota. They will be attending the same school this upcoming year and are even in the same grade. She quickly meets several of his friends and starts to develop real friendships for the first time in her life.
Throughout the books she notices that these long time friends seem to communicate on a different level than most kids her age. They are all very intelligent and appear to be withholding information. She eventually learns that they are from a private school known as The Academy. As part of a special project they will be attending the public school this year. There are a lot of secrets the boys are not able to share with Sang. We don't know what type of school The Academy really is, but we can certainly speculate. Is it a school for spies like The Gallagher Girls? Fortunately, I will not have to wait long to find out. The next three books in the series are already available.
I really enjoyed all of the characters so far with the exception of Sang's parents of course. I can't wait to find out more about The Academy and to hopefully see Sang come out of her protective shell. She is still very shy and uncomfortable around others. She is constantly questioning the intentions of even a simple friendly touch. I'm sure Kota and the rest of the boys, who area already very protective of Sang, will be a very positive influence on her life.