Katya's War

The battle lines have been drawn The people of Russalka turn upon one another in a ruthless and unwavering civil war even while their world sickens and the deep black ocean is stained red with their blood As the young civilisation weakens, its vitality fuelling the opposing militaries at the cost of all else, the war drums beat louder and louder.Katya Kuriakova knows itThe battle lines have been drawn The people of Russalka turn upon one another in a ruthless and unwavering civil war even while their world sickens and the deep black ocean is stained red with their blood As the young civilisation weakens, its vitality fuelling the opposing militaries at the cost of all else, the war drums beat louder and louder.Katya Kuriakova knows it cannot last Both sides are exhausted it can only be a matter of days or weeks before they finally call a truce and negotiate But the days and weeks pass, the death toll mounts, and still the enemy will not talk Then a figure from the tainted past returns to make her an offer she cannot lightly refuse a plan to stop the war But to do it she will have to turn her back on everything she has believed in, everything she has ever fought for, to make sacrifices greater even than laying down her own life To save Russalka, she must become its greatest enemy.
Katya s War The battle lines have been drawn The people of Russalka turn upon one another in a ruthless and unwavering civil war even while their world sickens and the deep black ocean is stained red with their b

  • Title: Katya's War
  • Author: Jonathan L. Howard
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  • Page: 102
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    1. "Katya`s War" is the second installment in Jonathan L. Howard`s Russalka Chronicles and opens with an intense civil war between the Federals and Yagizban; a conflict that is tearing apart this fledgling civilization. Kayta Kuriakova has assumed command of her deceased uncle`s minisub, but life is hard when the FMA pays for deliveries with government script rather than money. Frustrated and angry when she`s told that she can sell the script for half its value, her dilemma only increases when she [...]

    2. Katya's War is the perfect followup to Katya's World. So many times the second book fails to deliver, but not this one. This one is the equal to the first in every way.Full review on my blog.Following Katya's choice at the end of the first book, she is now living the simple, uncomplicated life of an obedient Federal citizen running cargo across the ocean-covered planet. Expect for things are not that simple, they never are. The pace of this is like a work of art. It goes along and just when thin [...]

    3. A thoroughly enjoyable instalment in an excellent series. The only reason I haven't given this the 5 stars I gave Katya's World is that the 'middle book' feel is a little too evident, especially in the ending which leaves us well set-up for a great finale - I honestly can't count how many ways everything could go wrong for our characters next, all as a result of them trying to do the right thing wherever possible…But basically, this is a really fun return to Katya and her world/war/tiny submar [...]

    4. Russalka is undergoing civil war and Katya and Sergei are stuggling to make ends meet. But everything is going well, until Havilland Kane has her kidnapped. He's pretty much the last person she wants to see, especially since she told him in no uncertain terms to stay far out of her life. Havilland thinks Katya is the only person who can help stop this war but she refuses to help him and betray her people. Then Kane takes her to see something. Something he won't talk about, something he says she [...]

    5. So what we've got here is a cute, COMPETENT heroine who, while admittedly sheltered, is really smart and DOESN'T fall in love with the male lead (THANK YOU!!!) And we have her on a deadly world with no land and crushing water, where you pretty much always have to use your wits to survive. So yeah, let's make the colony population Russian descent. So we got submarine futuristic-steampunk here, with a well-rounded cast of pirates, kick-ass crew, and well, awesome people being awesome, getting invo [...]

    6. Katya’s World was the first YA SF I had read in a long time (the last being City of Ember which I am not even sure counts fully as YA and not as middle grade) and I quite simply loved it. Now I’m picky when it comes to SF versus how I am with fantasy and so I read far less of it (my only other recent venture in the genre being The Expanse Series). But Howard’s series, set on a planet covered by water and taking place underwater appealed to me. It was also the first Strange Chemistry title [...]

    7. Wow!If the books I've read so far this year have taught me anything, it's that sequels can definitely be better than their prequels. (Cough, cough, The Ask and the Answer.) I enjoyed the first installment of this series, Katya's World, but not enough to seriously search for the sequel. Flash forward about a year, when I found myself at Powell's City of Books in Portland, Oregon. (Side note: It was huge! It was magnificent! The place took up an entire city block and is practically made of books! [...]

    8. This review and more can be found at The AP Book Club!*I received this book as an eARC from Strange Chemistry on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*It's so hard to find a straight, hard sci-fi novel in the YA genre right now. Most everything is a mix of sci-fi/fantasy, fantasy, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, or romance, or some combination. The Russalka Chronicles comes as a breath of fresh air, and Katya's War did not disappoint! Although I had a little bit of a hard time getting into thi [...]

    9. Rating: 3.5 out of 5, recommendedSource: ARC from Netgalley (Thanks very much Strange Chemistry!)I enjoyed the first book in this series, (Katya’s World: Russalka Chronicles #1), but I felt like the world as a whole needed development. In the second book in the series you get a tonne more development, whilst also watching Katya grow as a character, until she becomes absolutely awesome. I loved reading about her moral dilemmas throughout this book, as she wrestles with the difference between ri [...]

    10. I got the ARC for Katya's War via NetGalley and that reminded me that I already had book 1 (Katya's World) and that I needed to read it, which means I've read both books in quite quick succession. Since this is the review for book 2 in the Russalka Chronicles series it means it will have inevitably spoilers for book 1, so be warned. I will however try my very best to keep the review as spoiler free as possible for all the twists in this book.Katya's War starts a few months after the ending of Ka [...]

    11. This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures:bookswithoutanypictures/20Katya’s War is the second book in Jonathan L. Howard’s Russalka Chronicles, which are set on a watery planet that was colonized by a group of Russians but eventually broke away from Earth’s influence.Katya’s War picks up after Katya Kuriakova has saved the world from an imminent threat, and now she’s trying to get on with her life as a submarine captain even as her planet is in the midst of [...]

    12. Katya's War is the follow up novel to Katya's World, picking up pretty close to where the action left off. Katya is now Captain of the Lukyan (formerly Pushkin's Baby) her uncle's submarine, though she has yet to face sitting in Lukyan's chair.The war is on and times are tough, her pay usually takes the form of government scripts rather than usable money and Yagizban ships lurk and hunt the trade routes, making her job as captain of a shipping vessel both hard to make a living doing and dangerou [...]

    13. I feel bad about not giving this 5 stars, but the truth is I don't think it was quite there (and unfortunately I can't give it 4.5, which would be my preference). I love all of Jonathan L Howard's books, and this one is no exception. One thing I especially love about the series is the lack of romance, which I feel has become mandatory for young adult books with female protagonists. Perhaps it is a result of me being a rather unromantic person, but I like to believe that there is more to life tha [...]

    14. Thank goodness I brought this book and Katya's World together, because as soon as I was done with the first story, I got separation anxiety and jumped right back into Russalka.This story was just as strong as the prequel. Katya is thrown into extreme situations, becoming an enemy of her own people to save them from self-destruction. That's a lot of responsibility on a sixteen year-old's shoulders. The classic,The fate of the world rest on you feeling was there, but it was executed realistically. [...]

    15. More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog surrealtalvi.wordpress/Katya's War continues the story begun in Katya's World and amps it up quite a bit. The stakes get higher and Katya is going to be tried and pushed even further than in the first book.While the first book focused on the Yagz, this book focuses on the FMA - Katya's own government. Things are clearly not stable with her government and Katya is going to be once again drawn into the machinations of the Terrans. But the Yagz aren't done wi [...]

    16. *I received this book as an eARC from Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*Like with Katya's World, I had no idea where the story was going for most of the novel. I would have one idea where the climax of the novel would be and then that would resolve and I'd be nowhere near finished with the book. There were so many surprises and twists. The world of Rossulka is so interesting, a world of water with submarine cities. I enjoyed getting to see more of the wo [...]

    17. Book Review & Giveaway: We’re participating in the No Strings Attached Giveaway Hop, one of the easiest hops to enter all year! For this hop, we’ve chosen Katya’s War, Book #2 in the Russalka Chronicles series by Jonathan L. Howard as our giveaway. We previously reviewed Book #1 in this series, Katya’s World, which you can link to at the end of this review. This is a YA sci-fi series that takes place on a largely water-covered world that believes it was abandoned by Earth long ago. R [...]

    18. After it took me over a month to finish the reread of the first book, I hadn't expected to zoom through this volume in less than one shift at work. It definitely was a bit darker than the previous book. Sergei, who had a barely memorable role in the first book, is in this one a lot more. The book kept me guessing a lot, and not always entirely in good or enjoyable ways; it was just irritating to be kept in the dark on something the main character already knew, throughout nearly the entire book. [...]

    19. Even more of a thrill ride than the first book. Katya is like a 16-year-old James Bond (as played by Daniel Craig), especially with her ability to show a cool, smart-aleck attitude under duress. And as with the previous book, Jonathan Howard defies the traditional model of female-centered YA by not giving Katya a love interest.Definitely also check out the companion story, “Mojito Doomsday,” which is set on another planet in the Russalka Chronicles universe, and which is apparently going to [...]

    20. A good follow-up to Katya's World. I think those who enjoyed the first book will likely enjoy this one as well. It's more personal and more brutal (the violence isn't prettified, and there is some torture), but the world-building's good, there is character development and there is significant plot development, and I liked it very much indeed.From the way it ended, I got the impression there may be another book coming in this series. Hmm.

    21. Overall it was a good installment in the series. We got a bigger and better look at Russalka, which was fascinating, but this book definitely suffers from MBS - Middle Book Syndrome. It doesn't have a clear ending, and although it sets us up for a great ending, this book itself is unsatisfying at its end.

    22. Howard takes everything you thought you knew in the first novel and yanks the rug out from under you. He antes up the political intrigue and sets things up to expand the stage from Katya's world to the entire universe that has just been vague handwaving in the background so far. Excellent second intstallment for the series, definitely will be watching for more.

    23. While exciting and all this book just didn't hold my interest. I think my taste in books started changing, and I ended up leaving this one behind. It has no romance in it, which was great to me when I started the series, but not so much anymore. lol 2 years later, it is time to finally set this one aside.

    24. A brilliant to sequel to Katya's World! Howard's characterisation is excellent - when you realise that nervous feeling in the pit of your stomach is because you're terrified for a character, you know the author's done something pretty special. I can't wait for my next trip to Russalka!

    25. Loved this book, more than the first one in the series. It's tremendously refreshing reading about a young, strong, female protagonist, with a plot that keeps you riveted. Looking forward to number three. Bravo, John!

    26. Katya's World is such a good book but Katya's War, the sequel, is superb. A confident, accomplished and brilliantly executed novel that moves this series onto another level. Jonathan L. Howard is to be congratulated. I read this in a day, having been hooked from the very first chapter.

    27. Much better than the first book in the series. This book fleshes out a world full of mystery, horror and utilitarian dictatorship. Excellent young adult action/pulp. Good sci-fi. A twisty plot that doesn't stop and keeps you guessing. More than enough mystery for another book.

    28. Probably the best YA sf series going right now (IMO, of course). It's everything I love about science fiction, without pesky romances bogging things down. Review soon.

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