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Posted November 13, 2012
Unique Sci-fi Adventure with Pragmatic Heroine, Katya's World is a Hit!
The unique flavor of Katya’s World is one to savor and crave until Jonathan L. Howard hits us with another burst of Katya Kuriakova. The young submarine navigator prodigy has a fresh voice and story that all readers will appreciate. Katya, fifteen almost sixteen years old, embarks on her first job as navigator aboard her Uncle Lukyan’s submarine, Pushkin’s Baby. The simple trip to Lemuria turns into a big production when a Federal Maritime Authority, or FMA, soldier commandeers the ship with a prisoner to be taken to the Deeps. The journey from here introduces Katya to the realities of the war between her people, called the Russalkins, and the Terrans, the people from Earth who funded the colonization of Russalka. Howard does an excellent job building the story right from the beginning. The prologue lays the foundation for Katya’s story with detail, but not too much to make you drool with boredom or feel exasperated that it’s taking so long to be introduced to Katya. Learning the basics of Russalkin history so openly is one thing, but the actual history itself is brilliant. How it all comes together and the role the details behind Russalkin and Terran animosity plays throughout the rest of the story is just one of the many reasons why Howard is surely to become an author to watch within the circle of young adult science fiction writers. It’s very evident that Katya’s World is science-fiction, but since the focus is on submarines and a few space and air crafts, it’s easier to become engrossed in the technology and jargon that supports the story. Then, there’s Katya Kuriakova. Too young to experience death and war first hand, but so much more pragmatic in the danger of battle than even a high ranking FMA soldier. Katya’s character comes as a surprise, and her ability to come to conclusions based on observation and previous knowledge strikes a chord with me. I’m so glad she doesn’t come across as immature, even though she’s the youngest person participating in this journey, and she actually carries her weight in responsibility without prompting. She’s an exciting character to look forward to more and more novels about because she’s so focused on what’s in front of her; there’s no romantic interest to distract her from her indestructible enemy and she knows when it’s time to move forward. Katya’s mind is clear and not filled with nonsensical thoughts or ideas. Howard’s creation is one of a kind and readers will be so curious to learn more about Katya Kuriakova’s next move. The conclusion of Katya’s World is perfect. I try not to say such a statement about the novels I read, but I was literally hanging on to every movement of the last few pages. There’s also a big difference between the Katya from the beginning of the novel, who’s excited to finally be recognized as an adult, to the Katya who’s seen below the surface of the Russalkin society. It feels as though something within Katya has finally emerged to complete who she is. Howard’s final showdown is explosive and thrilling while the aftermath is yet to emerge; leaving no doubt that this is a series to follow! *eGalley provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* Also posted on Lovey Dovey Books
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Posted February 17, 2013
Sort of a futuristic Hunt for Red October but with a kickass gir
Sort of a futuristic Hunt for Red October but with a kickass girl protagonist and a refreshing lack of teen romance.
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