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Monday, December 17, 2012

Book Review: Katya’s World by Jonathan L. Howard

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Title: Katya’s World (GoodReads)

Publisher: Strange Chemistry

Source: Publisher
Publication Date:06 November 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 1908844132
Format: ebook
Pages: 339

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Place(s) Traveled to: Russalka

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line(s): One hundred and fourteen years ago, humanity first touched Russalka.

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Russalka Chronicles Series Order
Book 1: Katya’s World
Book 2: Untitled (Fall 2013)

When I first started Katya’s World by Johnathan L. Howard I fell in love with the sci-fi nature of the world. I enjoyed the main character of Katya and how smart and feisty she was. I liked how this book started off with a bang but then somewhere near the middle things sort of fizzled. The action stalled until it was almost non-existent and while things picked up again towards the end it really wasn’t enough to pull me back into this story. 

As I said Katya started off as a strong and feisty heroine and she maintained that for the entire book and I liked that, I did. What I didn’t like was how in every difficult situation that the characters in Katya’s World  faced was miraculously solved at the critical moment by a 16 year old. I get that Katya is smart and I applaud having a smart and feisty heroine. But it just becomes unbelievable when surrounded by supposedly equally smart adults that its the teenage lead that is the won to solve all the problems. 

But Katya isn’t the only one who would annoy me, the other main lead Kane did as well. He is one of the characters who mysteriously knows ALL THE THINGS. But rather than divulging what he knows up front he dolls it out piece meal and usually only when forced to when a critical piece of information is needed. This small release of information was always just enough to give Katya that brilliant answer that she needed in order to solve the current problem at hand and after awhile it just made me roll my eyes at how cliched it all was. 

One thing I did enjoy was how there was no romance in this book. Katya’s World is a story that is based fully on its plot and its characters and it was so refreshing not to have the main character making googly eyes at some handsome male character who becomes her sole purpose for living. Though there were times when it almost felt as if Kane was having romantic thoughts for Katya which was a bit creepy as he was old enough to be her father. But I’m not sure if that was the writing or if it was my brain trying to project some aspect of romance into a story where there was none. Because at other times Kane came across as a father figure to Katya so its possible my brain was pulling tricks on me. After all, its been conditioned by the YA books of today that there needs to be a romantic story line in every book.

At the end of the day I liked Katya’s World. I liked the sci-fi nature of it and the world that Jonathan Howard built. I just felt that there was something lacking that prevented me from falling head over heels in love with this story and I’m at a loss for what that missing something is. Perhaps its because it was filled with final hour saves and other cliches. Perhaps it was because there was no romantic story line. Or perhaps it was because the action just sort of dies in the middle. I really can’t say. But despite this missing something I do still have plans on checking out the sequel as I am curious to see what becomes of Katya and the world of Russalka.

One Response to “Book Review: Katya’s World by Jonathan L. Howard”

  1. Becca Lostinbooks

    I have this one but haven’t had a chance to begin it yet. I am glad it was good enough to want to read a sequel, even if there were some flaws.