Monday, August 27, 2012

Katya's World by Jonathan L. Howard

Katya's World
Good Reads Summmary
Katya's World by Jonathan L. Howard

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.

My Thoughts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's all action and then more action. The absence of a romantic plot is one that I commend because this one relies on its characters and what they had to do given it being set in a place that’s quite unique. The planet colony Russalka is just getting over its violent past. It’s a place that allowed for some interesting messes for them to get out of. I mean how exactly does one escape when they were where they were?

The place has allowed the Russalkin to adapt. They’re sturdy people, gung ho about having a role and taking on responsibility. All of which describe Katya to T: she’s young and headstrong, but brave and with direction too. Some people weren’t who they said they were: the sniveling newbie was not just that, and neither was the brave pirate. Of course, others were precisely who we think they are, the good uncle is good, and again, the girl, she’s smarter, braver and more reliable than most, too.

Save a world that’s so richly described, we’ve the necessary double crosses and half truths that kept things confusing/exciting. I liked this. The way things are set up, there were some interesting messes to get out of… so many interesting parts in fact that I wish more was done to flesh each of those things out. The creature that features greatly here, could have been more; the danger above could have been more! The ending too was too quite for me except that it’s also an ending I didn’t foresee. 

Goodness! Rating this is difficult. For what is present~ all that was different and new , I’d have said a 4 of 5, but with me wanting details on each new and different bit introduced, well I've to settle for a 3 of 5.

Thank you Net Galley!

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