*I received this book as an eARC from Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry in exchange for a fair review*
Title: Katya's World
Author: Jonathan L. Howard
Year Published: 2012
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Synopsis: 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 pressurized 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 realize 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.
Why?: The idea of an world completely covered by ocean sounds really intriguing, and I'm really interested in how Howard executes it. Also, what kind of monster lies in the depths of the ocean? How is it awoken? Where did it come from?
Expectations: I expect this to be very sci-fi, and to have a huge amount of world building. Also, I expect there to be a huge amount of questions and probably not nearly as many answers. And probably a lot of history and military speak. But, I also expect Katya to be a very strong, brave heroine willing to risk everything to save her world.
Judging a book by its cover: The cover kind of has a military feel to it, and I'm not sure that it would pique my interest enough to want to pick it up. I like that it looks like everything is underwater though.