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Emilie and the Sky World

(Emilie #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  274 ratings  ·  57 reviews
A Girl’s Own Adventure in the spirit of Jules Verne

When Emilie and Daniel arrive in Silk Harbor, Professor Abindon, an old colleague of the Marlendes, warns them that she’s observed something strange and potentially deadly in the sky, a disruption in an upper air aether current. But as the Marlendes investigate further, they realize it’s a ship from another aetheric plane.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Strange Chemistry (first published January 1st 2014)
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I was pretty excited for Emilie & The Sky World, so I moved it up the reading queue when I got the ARC, along with the previous book which I only recently finished. It really is a great girl's own adventure story, with plenty of strong, capable women and some intriguing other races -- in the previous book, Rani and Kenar, in this book, Hyacinth. I love that while Wells has a fertile imagination, she doesn't tell all she knows -- Hyacinth leaves at the end of the book, with so many questions stil ...more
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Book 1, EMILIE & THE HOLLOW WORLD was one of my favorite books from last year. A rousing Verne-esque adventure with a young capable lead, this was the book I wanted to read when I was a child. I immediately bought the kids their own copy.

In her newest adventure, Emilie takes to the skies and deals with family as well as a new menace.

This series remains one of my favorites, not just Young Adult, one of my favorite series period. I find Emilie completely refreshing. She is capable but not infallib
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun action story with some funny bit of lightness (the Lord with solicitors stashed throughout the town to be applied to journalists) and a rather well structured alien that I became very concerned about.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: readtoreview
Thanks to NetGalley and to the editor. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

RTC but I'll just put down some thoughts and then I'll come back.
The author has a great imagination and her world his new, original and full of surprise. It's not the best middle-grade book ever, but I enjoyed it and I know that I would have loved it when I was a teen. Emilie is a good main character and her adventures are quite captivating. I loved the imaginative writing and the world, but I
This copy was provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Some things may have changed in the final version.

When I requested this title on NetGalley, I somehow completely overlooked that it was the second in a series. As the first book was not readily available and the publication date was fast approaching, I decided to read the book as was and review it based on its own merits. (Theoretically, books in a series, while enriched by their predecessors, should mostly stand well eno
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a year long wait, the time has come for us to again explore strange places, meet unusual people and share new adventures with Emilie. And this time the sky’s the limit because we are travelling to the Sky World.

Emilie and the Hollow World was one of my favorite books in 2013. Resemblance to classic adventure novels I have read as a child won me over from the start and it was all spiced up with fantastic elements. So, Emilie and the Sky World had a big shoes to fill.

While Emilie and the Sky
Jan 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Just posted this review on my blog - check out this and many more young adult book reviews and recommendations there.


Genre: Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Age Recommended: 10 and up

I am not a huge fan of Science Fiction, which is what Emilie & The Sky World is. However, this was an Advance Reader Copy (thank you NetGalley!) and I felt compelled to read it.

This book is interesting because the story takes one to different settings, but it can be a little difficult to follow
All Things Urban Fantasy
Emilie sets sail for adventure once again, with a voyage the offers discoveries and danger and nonstop exploration. The perfect steampunk voyage for juveniles and young tweens, even those new to the series will be swept away.

After some quick, subtle reorientation to her world, Wells sends Emilie off on a new voyage. With the truest dash of realism, our adventurers find that their accepted theory of a “hollow world” may be inadequate to describe the phenomena they find. Not two worlds but many, a
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-2014
I enjoyed this second book in the series even more than the first one. Emilie was more mature, and the action flowed smoothly. While Emilie was still instrumental in everyone's survival, she partnered more with others for their success. The subplot with her brother was good; she was able to come to terms with the hurt in her past and she her family in a new light.

One of the things I really like about this series is that Emile is not Special. Unlike many of the other characters, she doesn't do ma
Patrice Sarath
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Emilie and the Sky World was a fast-paced adventure that is perfect for the YA reader, boys and girls alike. It reminded me a lot of A Wrinkle in Time, and I can't think of any higher praise. Emilie's a great character, and so are the secondary characters -- you can tell Wells takes a lot of glee in setting up curmudgeonly, irascible, opinionated characters and then having them interact.

Buy this one and Emilie and the Hollow World for th younger teens in your life and sneak it off to read when
Leontiy Cristea
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Review originally posted at Jet Black Ink:

I absolutely loved Emilie and the Hollow World. I called it “Neo-Vernian” and said I couldn’t wait for Emilie’s next adventure. I was eagerly awaiting Emilie and the Sky World, hoping for the same level of excitement and adventure. I wanted something just as special and unique and adventurous as the first of Emilie’s escapades. I… didn’t get this. Something… or many somethings perhaps, just did not work for me. Between having trouble imagining the variou
Anne Omynous
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book felt like the author was getting more confident in her YA style. I liked it. The dramas and peril were more real. There were multiple unique strong women characters with complex relationships.

My only wishes were that the question of unchaperoned young adventuresses had been resolved more critically (maybe book 3?) and the very modern issue of others doubting women’s competence had been dealt with more realistically.

In the end it’s all neatly resolved with puppies and rainbows, and tha
When I read Emilie and the Hollow World last year, I recall thinking that it felt much more like a book more aimed at middle-grade than YA.

This book felt much the same; in other words, I'd consider it more than suitable for any younger / pre-teen readers who are into adventure of the grand old Jules Verne or Arthur Conan Doyle (his Challenger books, not so much Sherlock Holmes) tradition (although these books don't take place in "our" world) and aren't scared of some big words and pseudo-/fanta
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
fun series, fast paced with interesting worlds. my only complaint wouls be that we didn't dig into anything too deeply but as each novel stands on its own and it is for younger readers (i would say early teens) it works.
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I almost didn't read this one because I found book 1 pretty boring, but this one was more interesting. I do agree with other reviewers that these books are more middle grade, and Emilie reads more as a 12-14 year old than a 16 year old. But still a fun read.
Tessa in North Florida
These are fun adventures for middle schoolers. Emilie is a smart scrapper of a girl. The stories remind me of the old Edgar Rice Burroughs tales, without the problematic attitudes.
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
perfectly good, though less snappy than the first
Wetdryvac Wetdryvac
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OK, that handled some stuff that usually just irks me in novels, and did so in a manner I found enjoyable. Plus, fabulous questioning-trust dynamic.
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are many different kinds of adventure stories, and just as many variations to make them stand apart. In Emilie & the Sky World, Martha Wells presents a young female protagonist striking out to make her own way in life. This book is a sequel to Emilie & the Hollow World, so readers who have read that book will already know the steps that Emilie has taken toward independence. She has left the oppression of an overbearing uncle to find excitement and freedom working with a team of explorers. ...more
Jan 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I've been feeling very good about the books I get from Strange Chemistry and Angry Robot, so I was really looking forward to this.

Emilie is a typical teen protagonist: adventurous, inquisitive, strong-willed, inexperienced.  Author Martha Wells does a very nice job of understanding Emilie and getting the reader to relate to the young girl.  It is easy to imagine the YA reader who would be most drawn to Emilie -- I picture those youngsters who, if they had been born in the 1960's or 1970's, would
Ashley Ferguson
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review and more can be found at The A P Book Club

*I received this book as an eARC from Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I thought that Emilie's adventures in the Hollow World were exciting and terrifying and fun and that it would be a little bit of a challenge to live up to them. But Emilie and the Sky World took all that and made it even better! Don't get me wrong - I loved the Hollow World and the Cirathi, but I really loved reading about the Sky
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Publishing Date: March 2014
ISBN: 9781908844538
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 2.5/5.0

Publisher Description: When Emilie and Daniel arrive in Silk Harbor, Professor Abindon, an old colleague of the Marlendes, warns them that she’s observed something strange and potentially deadly in the sky, a disruption in an upper air aether current. But as the Marlendes investigate further, they realize it’s a ship from another aetheric plane. It may be just a friendly explorer, or someth
Nick Fagerlund
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked Emilie and the Hollow World, but this book is much better! (I suspect it doesn't stand well alone, though -- it jumps straight in with very little recap. Literally days have passed since the end of book one.)

It's a much tighter story this time around, plotted like a classical Hollywood thriller in the Die Hard vein. Fewer exploratory and expository lulls, and in Emilie's case, a lot less waiting for other people to decide what to do.

So, someone else should read this book and talk about E
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got an ARC copy from NetGalley. At the time, the book wasn't published yet, but it took me some time to get to it. Some things may have changed between the version I have, and the actual, final version.)

One thing I have to get out of the way: I didn't read Emilie and the Hollow World, the first installment in this series. Although each story seems to be self-contained, it was obvious that some elements from book #1 permeated book #2, partly through brief recapping here and there; and so I may
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much! *3,5 stars*

I'm very glad I decided to go on with the Emilie series as I liked the sequel even better than the first book, Emilie and the Hollow World. Martha Wells has written an entertaining young adult adventure story with lots of steampunk elements. I love the concept of her world-building and especially the character development in this novel.

The book picks up right where the
Rebecca Blackwell Read
The first in this series, Emilie and the Hollow World, is one of my favourite books and I read it twice in just a few months, so I was really looking forward to its sequel. In this story, Emilie and her travelling companions are given just a short time to readjust to life in their own world before the discovery of a 'hole' in the sky's aether currents sends them up in an airship to investigate. This time around, Emilie's family - or at least, part of it, being her Uncle Yeric and brother Efrain ...more
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the book that won me over to the Emilie series -- I found the first one to be solid fun, but lacking real depth. Martha Wells threw a lot more emotional complication into this one, which filled out that dimension.

Emilie's distasteful uncle shows up in this book, and partially to avoid him, she secures a berth on the next expedition, this one to approach a strange vessel seen in the sky. However, one of her almost-as-distasteful brothers, Efrain, sneaks aboard in a misguided attempt to ke
Kirstie Ellen
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
First of all I'd like to thank Martha Wells for a copy of this book. I received Emilie and the Sky World from the First Reads competitions.

The book follows the journey of Emilie as she gets sucked into an adventure to investigate a strange airship coming through the aether (which I like to think of as a time vortex that interweaves the universe together and allows people to jump across from one place to another). Her family situation is tense, with both her parents dead and her eldest brother a
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Pretty solid paperback steampunk adventure.
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
The Emilie series embodies all your childhood imagination and excitement about the unknown and supernatural and compiles it all into two nice and neat little books.

It's really amazing how well Martha Wells can just take all these emotions and somehow turn them into books and not just any book but incredibly enjoyable and good books!

Emilie and the Sky World starts off almost exactly where the last Emilie book ended. It wasn't the best start but within the first twenty percent, the book picks up
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Martha Wells has written many fantasy novels, including The Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads), the Ile-Rien series (including The Death of the Necromancer) as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, media tie-ins (for Star Wars and Stargate: Atlantis), and non-fiction. Her most recent fantasy novel is The Harbors of the Sun in 2017, the final novel in The Books of the ...more

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