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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. Grades 9-12. --Peter Gutierrez
“It’s a highly effective, thought-provoking novel, and it left me looking forward to the next volume.” – Philip Reeve, author of the Predator Cities series.
“A really well imagined world, detailed and utterly believable, great mix of technical detail and breathless action.”
- Charlie Higson, author of the Young Bond series and the Enemy series.
"So for the alien location the setting seems comfortingly familiar and if you’ve ever enjoyed a submarine based film, give Katya’s World a go. With the scene quickly set, it’s really about the story. There’s feds and pirates and crew just trying to do their job; a world getting by after a war with Earth which may not be as over as everyone thinks. Plus there’s plenty of secrets and double-crossing like any good adventure."
- Ellie, Curiosity Killed The Bookworm
"...for me this is what superior YA fiction is all about."
Katya's World is populated by great characters, authentic detail, and an original story. I love how, in a Young Adult series starring a young lady, there's no tacked on romantic... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Howard delivers in this series. You'll have a hard time walking away from Katya.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
The story is like classic SciFi and the protagonist engaging. Works for adults as well as teens! Hope this turns into a lengthy series.Published 14 months ago by Carny Asada
“Katya’s World” takes place a few centuries in the future on the oceanic colony world of Russalka where Katya Kuriakova was born and raised against a background of hardship and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sue Heraper
Dive! Dive! Dive!
There is a tragic lack of space opera in the genre of Young Adult Fiction, a genre seemingly dominated by vampires or post-apocalyptia and sometimes... Read more
In a story reminiscent of 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jonathan L. Howard has written a YA book that is very different from the rest. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Brenna
There are several things that I liked about this novel and several things that I didn't like. First of all, I loved the story. It was non-stop action and adventure. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sharing Inspired Kreations
The story is interesting. The characters are compelling. It's finally a story about a heroine who doesn't spend any time at all wondering "WHICH BOY WILL I CHOOSE??? Read morePublished 21 months ago by howyougetfamous
Katya's World is a solidly written action adventure suitable for tweens and teens. The plot features 16 year old heroine Katya Kuriakova and her watery planet, Russalka. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Talvi