Title: Katya’s World
Author: Jonathan L. Howard
Series: The Russalka Chronicles
Who’s it for? Teens
What’s it about? Katya Kuriakova – resident of the colony world Russalka, a colony housed beneath the ocean and struggling to recoup following the war with Earth – is about to start her first day as navigator aboard her Uncle’s ship. But when a Federal Maritime Officer commandeers the ship to transport a prisoner, Katya ends up encountering pirates, war criminals and discovers an abomination hiding in Russalka’s crushing depths that could kill them all…
What’s good about it? I loved this. The world building is fantastic. There’s a perfect level of technical detail that makes Russalka so very real. There wasn’t a thing that I found myself doubting about it – despite the fact they live under the ocean on another planet. Of course a story can’t just depend on great world building and luckily the plot is brilliant! There’s a great cast of characters in this and I love how capable Katya is.
There’s so much going on in this and it trips along at a fast pace, doling out moments of shock and terror that have genuine impact.
What’s bad about it? The prologue could be longer. Hell, the prologue could be it’s own book!
The verdict? A brilliantly paced book that is genuinely exciting and thrilling, with great characters and amazing world building. It’s a great slice of sci-fi that I recommend for all! I’ll definitely be looking out for the next book in the Russalka Chronicles.