Friday, October 11, 2013

Katya's War (Russalka Chronicles #2) by Jonathan L. Howard - Ashley's Pre-Reading

*I received this book as an eARC from Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Katya's War
Author: Jonathan L. Howard
Year Published: 2013

My Katya's World Review
Paul's Katya's World Review

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 civilization weakens, its vitality fueling 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.

Why?: I really enjoyed the first book, Katya's World, and have been interested in how it would continue since I finished it. I'm excited to find out what happened to Katya and her people after the discovery of the Leviathan, and I really want to know how this underwater world fares during all-out war. 

Expectations: I expect a lot of death and bloodshed (since this book is about the war), but I also expect Katya to try to save her people from all of it. I think this one will be a little less sci-fi than the first book, but I still kind of expect it to read very much like a video game. I liked the first one, so I have higher expectations for this book! 

Judging a book by its cover: This cover is very militaristic to me, and I think it fits the title and the premise very well. It's not your stereotypical YA cover, which I like, but I'm not sure it would jump off of the shelf and catch my eye. I might pick it up, but no guarantees.


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