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Katya's World (Russalka Chronicles #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  704 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
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, ...more
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Published November 6th 2012 by Strange Chemistry (first published November 1st 2012)
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I had a difficult time rating this book. It's good. I like it.

...BUT it's lacking.

What is it lacking? More. It's lacking more. This story could be the beginning of an epic sci-fi series--for all I know it actually is--but from what I can gather it is a standalone. A frakking standalone! I find this frustrating because there is so much here, so much meaty goodness. There's enough here for a series and a couple different spinoff series, at least.

I want to know more! I want more!

One thing. I'm
Aug 14, 2012 Mitch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not quite sure what to think of Katya's World to be honest, and looking at the user generated genres a lot of people don't seem to have a clue either. It's certainly not dystopian or post-apocalyptic, more like hard science fiction with a young adult spin to it. Definitely light and fun, I liked this one and would wholeheartedly recommend it to readers who maybe don't have a lot of experience with serious sci-fi and want to dip their toes in the water, so to speak, but there are a couple of ...more
Aug 17, 2012 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars - I'm not sure whether this book didn't do a very good job of describing everything or whether I'm just too dumb or unimaginative, but I had a VERY HARD time picturing the ships, submarines and aircrafts and a lot of the action when everything was SO CRUCIAL to this novel. I couldn't tell if they were steampunkish or futuristic or just your normal machines we have today. And the Leviathan? I know part of it was the mystery of not knowing what it is, but I was maybe picturing the alien ...more
Experiment BL626
CAUTION: Long Review

Katya’s World is a candy of hard science-fiction. It has themes, ironies, and allegories. I could easily imagine reading this in high school and discussing the book’s literary value in English class. I would have definitely preferred reading this over Ender's Game, which I liked but not as much as KW. Yes, KW was better than Ender's Game. That’s my opinion so believe it.

Now, I love romance, but I was delighted by its absolute absence in KW. Very atypical for a YA, KW had no d
Man, when I was growing up, I would have KILLED for a book like Jonathan L. Howard's Katya's World.  I read a lot of adult sf because the stuff that was out there for younger readers was mostly just crap (or non-existent).  There were a few exceptions, yes, but I found most of them either a.  boring or b.  condescending.

Katya's World is neither of those things.  I was hooked from the prologue on.  In a nutshell, Earth set up numerous colonies on various worlds, populating them with people of the
Jul 05, 2012 Simon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to read an advance copy of Jonathan L. Howard's Katya's World from new publishing imprint Strange Chemistry from Angry Robot Books.

Like their elder brother, Strange Chemistry titles will principally be SF and Fantasy works, with plenty of cross-over and genre-bending novels too from the looks of their forthcoming publications. However SC will be focusing on young adult works.

Katya's World is a really great book. I know we should never judge a
Ranting Dragon
Jan 03, 2013 Ranting Dragon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rebecca

Jonathan L. Howard, author of the humorous Faustian series Johannes Cabal, ventures into new waters with Katya’s World, the opening to a new science fiction series aimed at young adults. As the title implies, this book follows fifteen-year-old Katya of the planet Russalka, a world with no landmasses aside from its polar ice caps. Ever since the original Terran settlers arrived from Earth, humans have lived underwater in pressurized environments and travele
For this review and more, come over to The Book Lantern.

Sci-fi isn’t my favourite genre, for no other reason than perhaps the fact that I haven’t read much of it. Oh, I tried some Hamilton once, and I have some vague recollections of picking up Dune, but in terms of hard-core science fiction I have read very little.

This book was recommended to me by a friend who thought the name similarities were awesome, and now that I’ve read it… yeah, I think that this is the closest of a Philip Reeve subst
Samantha Jewiss
Jul 30, 2012 Samantha Jewiss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As you may have seen from my very first Letterbox Love, this book was my very first printed advance review book. It was sent to me by Strange Chemistry who have made a trailer for Katya's World HERE

I loved this book. I even loved the book cover. I even loved the paper it was printed on. The main character is Katya, a 15 year old girl who has just started working as a co-pilot on her Uncles mini-submarine. She is a great character, super intelligent, resilient, resourceful and she has heart. You
Jan 24, 2013 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hallelujah. A heroine without a romance! It was so refreshing to have a strong female lead, without some side romance or instalove to deal with. I absolutely love that part about this book and it may have skewed my overall opinion of it a tad. Hopefully, other authors take note and we can stop with romance stories being shoehorned into everything.

I really liked this book, even with it's flaws, and think it should have a higher average rating. There were some choppy and cumbersome moments in the
Ben Babcock
When I was a child, I remember tuning into re-runs of seaQuest DSV on the Space channel in Canada. (I was alive when it first broadcast, but it was in re-runs by the time I started paying attention.) I never watched the series regularly, but I’d happily sit in front of an episode if it happened to be on. I was captivated by the idea of a tricked-out submarine exploring the deeps of the ocean on our own planet Earth. I seem to remember the first season, especially, focused on the scientific parts ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Mieneke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katya's World by Jonathan L. Howard ticked of several boxes on my to-do-list book-wise. First of all, it is a YA science fiction novel, thereby not only expanding my YA reading, but my SF reading as well – which were two of the reading goals I'd set myself this year – but it also allowed me to acquaint myself with a writer I'd heard a lot of good things about. Several of the bloggers whose opinion I respect a lot love Howard's Johannes Cabal series. So I was excited to start reading it. Barring ...more
Kate Sherrod
Oct 01, 2012 Kate Sherrod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to keep reminding myself, as I read Katya's World, that without Wesley Crusher, who annoyed millions with his over-the-top precocity and tendency to save the occasionally weirdly bumbling asses of the crew of the Enterprise-D, we would not have the 24k slab of awesome that is Wil Wheaton today. Which is to say that sometimes, it's worth putting up with an improbably gifted young protagonist being the one to think of all the solutions to all the problems in order to enjoy the rest of a show ...more
Aug 22, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-read
Strange Chemistry is the new YA imprint of Angry Robot, and once the announcement of it's creation was made I kept my eye on their releases, hoping to see a sci-fi YA novel that I could pick up and read. Katya's World by Jonathan L Howard is the first sci-fi release from the imprint - and the first in book in the Russalka Chronicles - and I wanted to see just what it could offer. While not quite the space opera story I was looking for, Katya's World delivered, and made Strange Chemistry an impri ...more
Oct 13, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katya's World is the first novel in Jonathan L. Howard's new science-fiction series Russalka Chronicles, featuring heroine and protagonist Katya Kuriakova. Howard has also written the Johannes Cabal series, which begins with The Necromancer.

Before I go too far into writing the review for this book, I would like to mention that I did NOT finish this book. Not because it was bad, or terrible! But because as hard as I try, it's almost impossible for me to get into and enjoy science-fiction novels.
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Mar 24, 2012 Kathy (Kindle-aholic) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
This is between 4.5-5 stars, so I'm rounding up.

Right now this is one of my favorite YA books read this year, as well as my favorite YA Sci Fi book read in recent memory.

I fully do realize that a part of my excitement for this book is that it is a YA book with NO ROMANCE. I can't remember the last time I read a YA book that didn't have romance. Middle School books, yes, but not YA.

It's not that I hate romance, but it was sooooo refreshing to read a book that in the middle of a battle with a semi
Aug 26, 2012 Ellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
Katya’s not yet 16 when she receives her apprenticeship to become a navigator on-board her uncle’s submarine, Pushkin’s Baby. On her first voyage as an adult, the Feds bring a prisoner on-board, demanding they change their course to suit his needs, taking them through the unpredictable Weft. What starts off as an annoyance soon turns life-threatening; there is something out there, something unidentifiable and Katya may never get to see her 16th birthday.

You may be forgiven for thinking Katya’s W
Katya’s World is a thrilling, action filled read that I enjoyed, but ultimately found lacking in character development and world building. Aside from the prologue that sets up the history and culture of Earthen expansion onto the watery planet of Russalka, the book is like a roller coaster ride that just doesn’t stop.

The action in this book is its strongest point. It’s exciting and full of twists and turns that kept me guessing. Every time I thought I had a character or plot element figured out,
Aug 24, 2012 Doug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katya's World is Russalka, a Russian-settled colony still reeling from a pyrrhic conflict with Mother Earth. Russalka has no land masses, and part of the novel's fun derives from the relative novelty of incorporating the claustrophobia and blindfoldedness of Das Boot or The Hunt for Red October-style submarine hide-and-seek games into a far-future/alien planet setting.

Precocious Katya, not quite old enough to drive a car in much of 21st century Earth, is on her first voyage as a full-fledged nav
Russalka is a Terran colony. It's a world of all water, except for the poles, and if not for its extensive mineral deposits it would not have been colonized. Russalka's colonists come from what was Russia, but as the centuries pass they've become far more Russalkin than Terran.

Katya Kuriakova is fifteen and about to take her first voyage as navigator of her Uncle's mini-submarine. It should be routine. Though it's her first time in the navigator's seat it's nowhere near her first time on this su
Ashley Marie
30 Second Summary: Katya's World is Russalka, a world colonized after Earth's population reaches a critical point and resources from off-world become necessary. After fighting a war for independence from Earth, this underwater planet goes about the day to day business of running their lives with little interruption. That is until a submarine (with Navigator Katya aboard) wakes something that no one should have ever had to deal with. Then shit gets real.

Katya's World is YA without falling to the
Oct 12, 2014 Brent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, scifi
This book is mixed bag.

I was intrigued by the concept of this story: an entire culture living underwater on a harsh alien planet. It seemed reminiscent of the original Red Faction video game as well as David Drake's Seas of Venus(which I loved). But that concept never really gets explored.

Don't get me wrong, once the action starts you do get sucked in, but the author missed a real opportunity of worldbuilding here. You take a group of people of exclusively Russian extraction, put them on a hars
Sep 24, 2012 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the characters here and the unique situation they found themselves in.

I loved that there was no relationship angst or beauty/body angst in this YA. The fifteen nearly sixteen year old main had much more important things on her mind than whether she was fat or beautiful or whether that guy over there was hot. It was refreshing.

There were a couple of 'gosh that was easy' bits that would normally have me storming the plot castle but the story and characters were entertaining enough t
Although I don't enjoy SyFy much I read these because of the author. His adult The Necromancer series is a favorite. Well written adventure, with a 16 year old, female submarine pilot, rebel pirates, a world colonized by a devastated Earth that is all water and continuous war secretly fostered by Militant governments. Lots of villains to hate and good bad guys.

An enjoyable read.
I appreciated especially the extensive sci-fi/dystopian world building.
The characters were rather one dimensional though.
Dec 07, 2012 Silver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I do have to mention how wonderful the cover is. Fantastic design, nice and shiny, relevant to the novel.

OK, now that that's out of my system, review.

I also apologize for any incorrectly-spelt names, as I don't happen to have the book on hand (lent it to a friend). I'll do it as best as I can from memory, and correct it when I get back.


After reading Katya's World, there are lots of things that stuck with me that I really, really adored.

First of all is the world itself - Ho
Not a great book. A decent book, yes, but not a great one.
During a great period of space colonization, the planet Earth sent residents of a region of Russia to populate a planet entirely covered by water. They would have given the planet a miss, but it's rich in minerals they need back on good old mother-Earth.
The aquatic geography of the planet is a key element in the story, in that everything has a naval feel to it. The people live in big underwater cities, and they travel everywhere by submar
Nick Reys
Aug 31, 2012 Nick Reys rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nick by: Amanda

I received this book as part of the GoodReads giveaway programme, so I would like to start with saying thank you to GoodReads for making this possible and of course to Amanda, who created this specific giveaway.
This is my second GR-giveaway and one in a long list of books I’ve won. Continuing the trend set by every other of these books, this one also was a leap in the dark in the way that I hadn’t heard of the author prior to receiving the book. I was excited after I won this particular boo
Darren Hartwell
Oct 11, 2012 Darren Hartwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This review first appeared on The Book Zone(For Boys) blog

I want to sum up my feelings regarding Katya's World as succinctly as possible:

Katya's World is a great boys' own science-fiction adventure with one of the most resourceful and kick-ass female main characters since Derek Landy gave us Valkyrie Cain.

Naturally, me being me I can't just leave it at that - Jonathan L Howard probably spent months writing the book so the least I can do is try to do it some kind of justice by writing a lengthier
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Jonathan L Howard 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.

After publishing two short stories featuring Johannes Cabal (Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day and Exeunt Demon King) in H. P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer was published in 2009 as his
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