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Katya's World by Jonathan L. Howard
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Nov 03, 12

Read from August 26 to September 21, 2012

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Katya's World by Jonathan L. Howard is a sci-fi YA novel, and probably my favourite book so far from the guys over at Strange Chemistry. Set in the far future and focused on a Russian colony who have managed to colonise a completely underwater world, Howard dares to take his YA audience into the realms of "hard sci-fi" and "space opera". It's a combination of genre's that on the surface seems unlikely to work, but Howard shows a deft touch in writing a story that takes sci-fi elements and makes them understandable without dumbing down their complexity or patronising the target audience.

I really had a lot of fun reading Katya's World, and I think for those people looking to get into the sci-fi genre then this may prove to be an effective gateway novel. I'm really looking forward to seeing where Howard takes this story in the next book.
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Reading Progress

08/26/2012 page 110
34.0%
09/17/2012 page 195
57.0% "Kind of like hard SF that has been backed off a little so that it can be understood by its target audience (YA). I would say this is a book full of well researched science, well posited science fiction ideas, good plotting, but inconsistent characterisation"

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