Friday 14 October 2011

Review: The Search for WondLa - Tony DiTerlizzi

Eva Nine has never seen the actual sun before, or walked outdoors.  In fact, she has never even seen another living person in all twelve years of her life.  That changes when a marauding huntsman destroys her underground home and sends her fleeing for her life.  She is desperate to find someone else who is like her, and a single clue gives her hope: a crumbling picture of a girl, a robot, and a human with the word WondLa still visible on it.

The Search for WondLa begins a trilogy whose imaginative text and breathtaking illustrations are sure to inspire dreams.

The search is just the beginning . . . .

WondLa Series:
The Search to WondLa
Titles for further books in the series TBC

Visit Tony DiTerlizzi's website or the WondLa website for further information

Eva Nine has spent her life in her underground home being raised by robot Muthr, she has never seen another human and has never even been outside.  Muthr has been training her for life above ground so that she can search for others like her but her training is cut short when they come under attack.  Forced to flee from everything she has ever known Eva soon realises that nothing above ground is what she expected.  Can she survive long enough to find other humans?

The Search for WondLa is a great science fiction adventure story for children, I can see it making great bedtime reading for families or being enjoyed by slightly older children who have discovered the joy of reading for themselves.  The illustrations throughout make this a treat to read, they are beautifully drawn and really help to bring the wonderful array of characters to life.  I would love to have just half the imagination and drawing ability of Tony DiTerlizzi!  You can also find additional information and interactive features on the website that just add to the reading experience.

Eva is a likable character she has led a very sheltered life but is extremely brave and caring.  Although life above ground is nothing like what she was expecting she quickly adapts and soon begins to make friends.  I loved her relationship with robot Muthr who is the only mother figure she has ever known, Muthr can be overprotective like any mother and there is friction between them at times but they care deeply for each other.  Another favourite character was Otto, I'm not going to say too much about him but he is like an adorable puppy and I want one.

The Search for WondLa is a real treat for kids of all ages (even grown up ones!) and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Source: Received from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review

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  1. When this first came out I said I should pick this up, but for some reason I didn't get a copy. Now that I've seen it on your blog and read your review it reminded me why I was drawn to it in the first place. Adding it to my wishlist! :)

  2. Hi Chrystal, there are always so many books coming out that I want to read that I quite often end up forgetting to buy some of them so I know exactly what you mean. I'm glad I reminded you of this one though & I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :o)



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