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The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi
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Jan 26, 2011

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** spoiler alert ** Clearly meant to be the first in a multi-book series, The Search for WondLa is the tale of Eva Nine, a twelve-year-old girl who lives in a below-ground Sanctuary with a mothering robot called Muthr. She has never been outside her Sanctuary and has never seen any other living thing. Although Muthr is training her for the outside world using a simulator, she is not yet ready.

Then an intruder invades and destroys the Sanctuary, and Eva must run for her life. She is thrust out into a world very different from the simulated world in which she trained--a world of wandering trees, air-whales, and gigantic tardigrades--wherein she can no longer trust technology to help her survive. Worse, the hunter who destroyed her home is still looking for her. If Eva is to survive in this strange world, she will need to adapt to her surroundings and make friends among the sentient creatures who live there. And perhaps she will find some other humans in the process.

Adults will probably determine the reference to WondLa long before the middle-grade readers figure it out (at least it wasn't called The Search for Zardoz), but the story is engaging and the world-building is impressive. DiTerlizzi illustrates his own story, helping fill in the gaps left by the workmanlike text. As with most book series, The Search for WondLa leaves tantalizing bits of information that it does not fully explore, so that by the last page the reader is left with more questions than answers. It's still very much worth the read, but it's not about to take a place on the shelf alongside Alice in Wonderland.
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Douglas Cootey I thought it had a good, solid narrative, but the art for me was the big seller.

message 2: by TPK (new) - rated it 3 stars

TPK I agree with you that the illustrations are great. I'm just particular about accompanying text.

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