Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
In an underground world where everyone is afraid to go outside, could you risk yourself to save humanity?
Hillary is just another girl, hoping to graduate to level C so that she can follow in the footsteps of her parents. But she soon learns that there is another path she can follow.
In nearly a thousand years, only a few have seen the outside world, and virtually everyone inside is terrified of it. When Hillary is offered the chance to see it herself, she can’t help but want to jump into the adventure.
But it isn’t just a matter of opening a door. Hillary must endure a rigorous education and brutal physical training to get outside. Can she pass through the grueling gauntlet to get outside? And what does she risk if she makes it?
Part coming-of-age adventure, part survival horror, and part science fiction, REPATRIATE PROTOCOL is the gripping first installment in THE REPATRIATE PROTOCOL series by Kelli Kimble.
The synopsis attracted me to Repatriate Protocol. I have a fascination with dystopia/post-apocalyptic books, and the scenario was too enticing for me not to give it a read.
The main character – Hilary – is fourteen years old and having completed her education, she and her classmates are on the cusp of graduating to level C. In a surprising change of fortune, the best in her class are offered an alternate route – the chance to enter the world their community has hidden away from for a thousand years.
I really wanted to enjoy this book, but the characters seemed a little flat to me, which was a shame. Admittedly, I’m not in the target age group, and I have no doubt that pre-teens upwards will enjoy this story – it just wasn’t for me.
Plot-wise it is a good story, although there are places that were slow. I didn’t feel close to the characters (and as a result, emotive scenes didn’t have too much of an effect on me).
I enjoyed the worldbuilding though, and the intrigue behind certain events (to be resolved in future books).
It’s not a series I will continue to read, despite the scenario being one of my favourites, but I imagine younger readers will enjoy it.