For your consideration today is The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerilizzi (Simon & Schuster, 2010). This post apocalyptic science fiction fantasy held my interest through the entire 468 pages. It is definitely a sophisticated step up for DiTerilizzi’s SpiderWick Chronicles fans. Random tidbit: I could not get the Wizard of Oz out of my head as I read this story.
The story centers around Eva Nine, who is raised by her robot “muthr” in her own safe underground cocoon. Eva’s idyllic, if lonely and artificial, childhood comes to an end as she matures and begins to question the authority of her robot guardian. As it must be in a story like this, her world comes crashing down and she is thrust out into the harsh realities of life to fend for herself. She is driven to search for another human by an old picture showing another girl, adult, robot, and the magical word “Wondla”. Her struggle for survival and search for identity make for a good story. Wild imagination gives birth to some memorable creatures in this story – which has been marketed with an interactive component online at wondla.com. The artwork goes a long way in helping to visualize the story.
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Genres & Subjects: Science Fiction, Adventure Stories, Fantasy, Aliens, Outer space
Things to like about this book: The story of survival is compelling, even in this alien setting, but the writing puts you there. I’m thinking DiTerilizzi can turn this into a fairly long series. Although the space sci-fi motif sometimes suffers from a smaller audience, I hope kids will give this a try.
Audience: Upper elementary through young YA. I’m liking this for sci-fi fans and, because of the female heroine, I think girls who ordinarily might not gravitate toward this space adventure will like it – if you can get them to pick it up.
Reviewed from: ARC provided by publisher.