Howard's book Katya's world drops us right into the action and takes us out on Katya's first voyage as a licensed sub navigator on the water planet Russalka. Katya is 15, nearly 16, and a prodigy. Her Uncle Lukyan, the sub owner, is very proud of her. As they are heading out, a Federal agent forces them to take him and a prisoner on board. He also insists they go the most direct route, despite the Deeps that lie across the plotting. Normal ship channels go well around the dangers, and there are no other ships or bases in the area.
Naturally they run into trouble. Then they escape the trouble. Then they're back in. Now they're safe. No, they're not. Yes, they are. And it's Katya who rescues them a great deal of the time, through cool-headed McGyvering. Wow, what a girl! How many 15-year-olds do you know that could cope with pirates, monstrous unknown ships, gunbattles, near drownings and potential death? And there's no romance anywhere in this book! Isn't that great? A real action adventure novel.
Elizabeth Moon fans, try this author!
~ Tessa 3.5 out of 5 stars