Katya’s World by Jonathan L. Howard
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, and secrets that never quite lie silent.
Katya Kuriakova doesn’t care much about ancient history like that, though. She is making her first submarine voyage as crew; the first nice, simple journey of what she expects to be a nice, simple career.
There is nothing nice and simple about the deep black waters of Russalka, however; soon she will encounter pirates and war criminals, see death and tragedy at first hand, and realise that her world’s future lies on the narrowest of knife edges. For in the crushing depths lies a sleeping monster, an abomination of unknown origin, and when it wakes, it will seek out and kill every single person on the planet.
Cover Art: Lee Gibbons
The first book of The Russalka Chronicles
Date: 8th November 2012
Format: Medium Paperback
Date: 6th November 2012
Format: Large Paperback
Date: 6th November 2012
Format: Epub & Mobi
R.R.P.: £5.49 / $6.99
Other Books in This Series:
2. Katya’s War (November 2012)
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Praise and Reviews:
“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.
“Imagine The Hunt for Red October meets Retribution Falls. Rich in the character department and packed full of underwater wonders from prow to stern, Katya’s World is exactly as enjoyable as all that.”
- Niall Alexander, Tor.com
“A strong cast and a believable sense of danger drive Howard’s first book for teens … SF fans looking to stretch their range will find much to love and will look forward to the planned second installment.”
- Publishers Weekly
“4.5 out of 5 and I would recommend it to everyone! If you’re new to Si-Fi then this book would be an excellent introduction to the genre, whether you’re 15 or 50!”
- Kaylie Ashton for Waterstone’s Bluewater YA Book Club
“I enjoyed this book, as it had good character development and believable character actions … I would definitely recommend this book to my friends and most likely re-read it.”
- Peterson, for Sacramento & San Francisco Book Review
“Howard’s world is fantastically realised, with well rounded characters and a gripping storyline. This book will keep you entertained from start to finish”
- Matthew Johns for The British Fantasy Society
“Howard has crafted an engaging, entertaining and thought-provoking novel … quality story focused on youthful characters in a fantastically plausible setting. Another winner for the imprint.”
- Rob H. Bedford, SFFWorld.com
“With an inventive setting featuring a strong female lead, Howard delivers an interesting SF story that is sure to draw in readers of all genders and ages.”
- Mieneke van der Salm, A Fantastical Librarian