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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Emilie and the Hollow World

Emilie and the Hollow WorldEmilie and the Hollow World
by Martha Wells

287 pages
Published April 2, 2013

This is a pre-release review. Many thanks to the publisher, Strange Chemistry, for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

While running away from home for reasons that are eminently defensible, Emilie’s plans to stow away on the steamship Merry Bell and reach her cousin in the big city go awry, landing her on the wrong ship and at the beginning of a fantastic adventure.

Taken under the protection of Lady Marlende, Emilie learns that the crew hopes to use the aether currents and an experimental engine, and with the assistance of Lord Engal, journey to the interior of the planet in search of Marlende’s missing father.

With the ship damaged on arrival, they attempt to traverse the strange lands on their quest. But when evidence points to sabotage and they encounter the treacherous Lord Ivers, along with the strange race of the sea-lands, Emilie has to make some challenging decisions and take daring action if they are ever to reach the surface world again.

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Such a great story! And, even if you're not very familiar with steampunk, you'll appreciate the story just for the adventure. After all, who hasn't ever dreamed of running away and having a spectacular time?

Emilie is an impressive character, who was brave enough to run away from her aunt and uncle. When she's in the wrong place at the wrong time and is inadvertently taken on a voyage to the inside of the planet, she shows her mettle, jumping into battles, rescuing people, and having an impressive journey.

The writing is spectacular, and Ms. Wells easily carries the reader into the depths of their imagination.

4.5/5 stars

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