Review: Katya’s World

Katya's World
Katya’s World by Jonathan L. Howard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Source: eARC courtesy of Strange Chemistry (via NetGalley) – pre-order your own copy from The Book Depository

Just the other day I made a comment that I wanted to explore more of the sci-fi world. From the cover of this book, I would have expected something more similar to The Hunger Games in a water-y dystopian setting but there was so much more than that. Russalka is an Ice/Waterworld kind of planet many light years away from Earth. Earth was so overpopulated and in need of resources that Russalka can provide, hence a colonisation.

A colonisation project was mounted. In common with all such projects, the colonists were all taken from a single ethnicity. Previous experience had shown that, in the stressful environment of a new world where disasters may occur at any time, people look for others to blame and ethnic differences were frequently where fracture lines formed.

As is indicated by the name, Katya, the Russians are the chosen people to colonise this harsh planet. The air is freezing and there is no land, just “iceberg”, yet after many years, this is home to the Russalkan and one or two generation down, the Earth no longer holds their hearts.

Katya is now an adult – she has her identity card and is about to undertake her first voyage as an apprentice Navigator with her uncle’s submarine, The Baby. Unfortunately, this trip is not destined to be a smooth one as The Baby was commandeered by the FMA. This trip did not begin well and things only get worse as they continue on their “mission”.

As a main character, on the periphery of adulthood, Katya is quite wise. She is some sort of prodigy and therefore, had some “crazy” ideas that saved her butt quite a number of time, she still committed some social blunders as is to be expected. She is courageous, strong; she knows her mind and will stand for it too. Katya is an easily likeable character in every way.

Katya’s World is such an amazing Adventure sci-fi YA fiction! With the saturation of the paranormal and bit of dystopian that all contains some romance in one form or another, Katya’s World was so very refreshing to read! And yes, even without the romance! If you are looking for something different to read, I highly recommend that you give Katya’s World a whirl. If you think sci-fi isn’t your thing, well, if you’ve read & enjoyed The Hunger Games or other dystopian novels, I don’t think sci-fi is that far of a stretch.

Thank you Strange Chemistry and NetGalley for the opportunity to read & review

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4 thoughts on “Review: Katya’s World

    1. Tien Post author

      Yes, I do like the stuff I’ve seen from Strange Chemistry / Angry Robot so far – and this one, there’s really no other word for it, just refreshing as I felt I’ve been reading the same sort of YA stuff ;p

  1. Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

    Angry Robot and Strange Chemistry do have some brilliant books and I’m so excited to hear this about this book. I’ve been looking for a really good book myself and I have this one from NetGalley, but I haven’t read it yet.

    Thanks for sharing. Wonderful review! 🙂


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