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Katya's world

by Howard, Jonathan L.

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Location Collection Call #
CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Fiction TEEN PAPERBACK Howard
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Teen Department - Teen Fiction
Call Number  TEEN PAPERBACK 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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Like one of his acknowledged influences, Robert A. Heinlein, Howard does a wonderful job of enmeshing this teen-on-a-distant-planet into decidedly grown-up situations without patronizing her or simplifying the genre-related complexities. That's achieved partly because Katya Kuriakova, a fledgling sub navigator on a water world, shares the stage with an ensemble cast of utterly believable and compelling characters. Most notable among these is Havilland Kayne, the mysterious pirate leader who is alternately Katya's prisoner, savior, enemy, and friend. The other key ingredients are the intriguing plot a vast, mysterious, and apparently self-aware weapon threatens to destroy friend and foe alike and Howard's deft storytelling. To access that storytelling one must first endure the prologue's exposition dump, but that's a structural strategy that pays off since the subsequent action doesn't let up. Overall, this is a thrilling start to a series that hopefully won't end anytime soon.--Gutierrez, Peter Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Yes, horror author Howard's (the Johannes Cabal series) hard SF story features a dystopian future Earth, but it's light years away. 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. Ten years after the brutal aerial attacks, Russalka remains in a state of uneasy militarism and recovery. Nearly 16, Katya Kuriakova is excited about apprenticing on her uncle Lukyan's submarine, but much goes wrong on her debut voyage, including the sub getting commandeered by a military officer and his pirate prisoner, surprise attacks, and a conspiracy that could threaten all of Russalka. A strong cast and a believable sense of danger drive Howard's first book for teens (the combination, of course, ensures that many characters do not survive). SF fans looking to stretch their range will find much to love and will look forward to the planned second installment. Ages 13-up. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Russalka chronicles ; 1
Subjects Space colonies -- Fiction.
Imaginary places -- Fiction.
Water -- Fiction.
Submarines (Ships) -- Fiction.
Submariners -- Fiction.
Submarine forces -- Fiction.
Leviathan -- Fiction.
Voyages and travels -- Fiction.
Sea stories.
Science fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher Nottingham, UK ; Long Island City, NY : New York :Strange Chemistry ;2012
Distributed in the U.S. by Random House,
Language English
Notes "Strange Chemistry #5"--T.p. verso.
Description 332 pages ; 20 cm.
ISBN 9781908844132 (pbk.)
1908844132 (pbk.)
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