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Katya's World (2012)

by Jonathan L. Howard(Favorite Author)
3.75 of 5 Votes: 4
1908844132 (ISBN13: 9781908844132)
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review 1: I think when I got to somewhere around 1/3 of the book, I thought there were similarities between Katya's World and Pacific Rim but I couldn't quite pin it down to anything. The image of the rolling sea? Monstrous technological remnants? Something like that. But I suppose it was also to do with the way the story was told--like an account of a military assault. So, that didn't really do it for me. The story could be divided into chunks of "he said" and "she said" followed by "this got destroyed" and "they got betrayed" with interjections of codes of honour and bravery. The "villain" of the story was not very menacing I might add. I like my villains menacing, please. So gradually I lost interested and here's to not reading the sequel.
review 2: I actually enjoyed
... more this book quite a bit, despite my criticisms. It was a quick and compelling read, and I liked the protagonist (although she tended towards the too perfect--a few flaws would make her a lot easier to relate to). What it was lacking, for me, was a lot more sense of place and culture. The colony was descended exclusively from Russian settlers, but we don't see any of that in anything but the names; the book explains that the people don't relate to their Earth ancestors anymore, but they weren't so many generations removed from Earth that every trace of any traditions would have been erased. As well, the entire planet is underwater, and thus almost the entirety of the action takes place underwater; but outside of the very beginning of the novel I rarely got a real sense of that. A little more richness would have gone a long way. less
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Too unnecessarily complicated to truly enjoy, plus it lacked a depth that it sorely needed.
Ok, how could I not read this book? It was entertaining, but nothing to write home about.
Nonstop action! Surprise developments in almost every chapter.
Everyone read this book. It's amazing. That is all.
Is this YA? I hate YA, but I loved this book.
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