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A Hero For WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi
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Jun 28, 12

bookshelves: children-s-and-young-adult, science-fiction
Read from June 04 to 16, 2012

“A Hero for WondLa” picks up right where “The Search for WondLa” left off. If you haven’t read “Search…” (and if not, why not?) you will probably find this book a bit on the confusing side. The author makes a lot of references to characters, events and places from the first book but does not do much in the way of recapping. On the other hand, if you read and liked Book one of this eventual trilogy, you’re in for a treat in this imaginative continuation.

Eva, still accompanied by Rovee and the young human pilot Hailey (who showed up at the end of Book one), continues her search for other humans and it’s not a spoiler to tell you that she finds them. But the city of New Attica, the supposed utopia that Hailey leads her to, is not what it seems (are utopias ever what they seem in science fiction)? There she meets Cadmus Pryde, the man who invented the sanctuaries where Eva was raised. Eva soon learns that Cadmus has a hidden agenda, an agenda that if carried out will affect all of Eva’s alien companions. Eva also meets the Gens, three identical sisters, who also happen to be Cadmus’s daughters. DiTerlizzi seems to have had a lot of fun in creating these shallow and self-absorbed teen-age girls who try and teach Eva how to fit in to New Attican society. From their lingo to their imaginative clothing (complete with cat tail attachments) the three Gens are vividly portrayed and their section of the book is satirically funny. I was actually rather sorry that they didn’t make a longer appearance. A character that I was happy to see make a return appearance from the first book is Otto, the gentle water-bear that Eva can communicate with telepathically. As in "The Search for WondLa," Otto once again plays an important role in Eva’s quest.

DiTerlizzi has created a fully imagined future with an Earth that is unrecognizable from the Earth we currently inhabit. Littered with the remains of our great cities, it is now home to scores of alien creatures. He has also created a wonderful introduction to science fiction for young readers. To add to his feat, he’s created a sci-fi book that adult fans will enjoy as well. At the heart of the story, is a tale of a young person’s coming-of-age, a subject that readers, young and old will be able to relate to. It’s safe to say that Eva does more than just grow up in this book, but to tell you much more would ruin the surprise.

Like "The Search for WondLa," this volume is also filled with DiTerlizzi's amazing illustrations. They are truly stunning and help bring his fantastic adventure to life.

This is a great read, one that I had a hard time putting down. I can’t wait for Book three!
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