Katia’s one of my favorite characters and someone it’s impossible not to warm to. Every girl wants to believe they can be like her—honest, brave, and treated as a valued equal by her brother. Frank might have his faults, but he never shuts Katia out of what he’s doing. And Katia’s unusual fearlessness probably makes her pretty cute as well. In fact, a guy might have her high on his list of crushes, which explains Ulf’s little conversation with her about 2/3 of the way through the book. (Still in a bit of a limbo about whether he was really hitting on her or just up to something else.) But lack of definition like that in the text is great for getting a reader’s intelligence going so they can form their own opinions.
Coming from a family that is accepted as legitimately EC without being always approved of by the community makes Katia a bit more complex than just a pretty face. (Although with all that shooting DArts and running to and fro she’s probably in good physical shape!) Neither she nor Frank are at all concerned about how they appear to other people, as long as both believe they are doing the right thing. So Katia doesn’t open up to people much considering how friendly you’d assume she might be. True, she doesn’t snub them, but she doesn’t have many friends and that can start to develop a person’s psyche in an unusual way.
In any case, whether or not most people get to know her very well, they probably want to. She’s pretty cool.
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