Katya's World by Jonathan L. Howard
(Strange Chemistry)

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The distant and unloved colony world of Russalka has no land, only the raging sea. No clear skies, only the endless storm clouds. Beneath the waves, the people live in pressurised environments and take what they need from the boundless ocean. It is a hard life, but it is theirs and they fought a war against Earth to protect it. But wars leave wounds that never quite heal, and secrets that never quite lie silent. Katya Kuriakova doesn't care much about ancient history like that, though. She is making her first submarine voyage as crew; the first nice, simple journey of what she expects to be a nice, simple career. There is nothing nice and simple about the deep black waters of Russalka, however; soon she will encounter pirates and war criminals, see death and tragedy at first hand, and realise that her world's future lies on the narrowest of knife edges. For in the crushing depths lies a sleeping monster, an abomination of unknown origin, and when it wakes, it will seek out and kill every single person on the planet.
 

About Jonathan L. Howard

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Jonathan L Howard has published three novels in the Johannes Cabal series for Headline, and is a game designer, scriptwriter, and a veteran of the computer games industry since the early 1990s, with titles such as the 'Broken Sword' series to his credit.






















Author Residence: Bristol, UK
 
Published December 4, 2012 by Strange Chemistry. 320 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult. Fiction

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The inhabitants of the watery planet Russalka, descended from Russian colonists who arrived more than 100 years earlier, have been cut off from the rest of the galaxy ever since their former brethren on Earth tried to reclaim Russalka and destroyed much of the settlers’ technology.

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City Book Review

Fifteen-year-old Katya has just set out on her first journey as ship’s navigator with her uncle when an overbearing police officer commandeers her ship.

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SFFWorld.com

Be that as it may, and whatever one wishes to label the novel, Howard has given readers a fun, engaging novel that is the tip of an iceberg of a series.

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Bookmarks Magazine

the first nice, simple journey of what she expects to be a nice, simple career.

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io9

Set on the ocean world of Russalka, Katya's World follows Katya on her first day of her navigator's apprenticeship aboard her uncle's submarine, called Pushkin's Baby.

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The Ranting Dragon

I certainly recommend Katya’s World to anyone who enjoys reading about life on imaginary planets, especially those who are sick of the abundance of love triangle stories in young adult fiction today.

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The British Fantasy Society

This book will keep you entertained from start to finish, and have you eagerly awaiting the second book in the Russalka Chronicles, just as I am.

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Jackson District Library

Howard's book Katya's world drops us right into the action and takes us out on Katya's first voyage as a licensed sub navigator on the water planet Russalka.

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Katy Times

I know the book briefed us on it earlier, but it seem to come out of nowhere, even though I guess it was logical in a quick, glossed-over explanation.

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