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From the Publisher
"A rollicking adventure yarn with plenty of heart - Emilie & the Hollow World shouldn't be missed." 
-Ann Aguirre, USA Today bestselling author

"A swashbuckling escape for avid readers that trades buttoned-up boundaries for unbridled adventure."
-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"Wells has struck pure gold with this exciting and elaborate story that has no limits on its imagination—it perpetually surprises and entertains and keeps the reader guessing. Filled with warmth and danger and plenty of suspense, Emilie and the Hollow World is such a good, honest, real adventure that just…hits the spot. It’s just so good."
-Jet Black Ink

"Martha Wells introduces the newest fearless heroine in teen literature: Emilie. Wells takes readers on an adventure that braves a new world and rivals the Journey to the Center of the Earth!"
-Lovey Dovey Books

"If you’re looking for a fun YA adventure with a lovely, strong female protagonist, Emilie and the Hollow Worldis the book for you."
-A Fantastical Librarian

"This book is definitely a good choice for younger readers, especially female ones, who a geeky parent is looking to introduce the wonders of genre reading."
-Paul Weimer, SF Signal

 Emilie and the Hollow World is one of the best and most entertaining YA books I've ever read, because it's a charming old-fashioned adventure book.

"Read it. Give it to your local twelve-year-olds. It’s made of win."
-Liz Bourke, Sleeps With Monsters

Kirkus Reviews
Running away from home never sounded so good, especially when it involves stowing away on a ritzy, cloaked-in-magic ship. Under the conservative tyranny of guardians who are convinced she'll become a harlot, 16-year-old Emilie decides it's time to run away. Inspired by her cherished serial adventure books, she delights in the romance of escape--until she forms blisters, gets hungry and, after spending too much on snacks, can't afford the ferry ticket to reach her cousin's home. There's only one logical thing to do: jump off the docks, swim to the nearest boat and hope for the best. After boarding what she hopes is the right ship, she witnesses a pirate attack, saves a scaled man and watches as a merging of magic and science transports the ship to a legendary world within a world. Competing explorers, a cunning mer-queen regnant, more than one dirigible and plenty of well-aimed punches make for an adventure that would titillate Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Though Emilie's homeland of Menea is fictional, it has all the makings of Victorian England. As in the Victorian era, sexism is prevalent, but that doesn't stop a roster of ripsnorting female characters (first among them Emilie) from wielding pistols, captaining ships and slyly defeating enemies. At one point, after escaping a prison cell, Emilie thinks, "If I'd known it was going to be that hard, I'd never have tried," a phrase that embodies the honesty and humor that make this read worthwhile. A swashbuckling escape for avid readers that trades buttoned-up boundaries for unbridled adventure. (Fantasy. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908844491
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 306,322
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013



    Go back to the Overview Tab, then tap on the book cover, and read the quote on the scroll at the top of the cover!

    It'll be worth your time, I swear!

    (Probably only good for the Nook version.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Fun read

    I've been reading Martha Wells since I first ran across a copy of City of Bone so I was interested to see what her take on the YA format would look like, and I think the result is pretty good. As usual the world-building is incredibly well done with just enough of both explanation and hand-waving to make the reader well at home with how the world works. The story itself runs along at a fairly good clip with fun characters and decent plot points that will be familiar to anyone who has read any Jules Verne or H. G. Wells with some very light modern commentary thrown in to keep them fresh and interesting. My only slight complaint is that the dialog in places could have been tightened up. Just because it's a YA story doesn't mean the dialog should be quite as simple as it sometimes ends up. Overall, a great book.

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  • Posted April 23, 2013

    I thoroughly enjoyed Emilie. As with all of Martha Wells's books

    I thoroughly enjoyed Emilie. As with all of Martha Wells's books, it has wonderful worldbuilding and fascinating cultures. Emilie herself is delightful, sensible and courageous, and the people (human and not) that she meets on her inadvertent journey are a great collection of friends and enemies. The book stands alone well but there is room for a sequel, and I hope to see one.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

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    I adored this book and ate it in one sitting. Emilie is the sort

    I adored this book and ate it in one sitting. Emilie is the sort of resourceful protagonist that you wish you had as a friend. She gets scared when it's appropriate, then pulls herself together and does what needs doing anyway.

    In addition to that, Martha Wells has created a wonderful secondary world with strong steampunk elements that should appeal to anyone who likes adventure fantasy. This is a swashbuckling tale that would sit nicely alongside Jules Verne, but with all the boring bits cut out. It's so refreshing to see characters making intelligent choices in difficult situations.

    Buy this book.

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  • Posted April 2, 2013

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    Martha Wells introduces the newest fearless heroine in teen lite

    Martha Wells introduces the newest fearless heroine in teen literature: Emilie. Wells takes readers on an adventure that braves a new world and rivals the Journey to the Center of the Earth!

    Emilie is running away from her Uncle Yeric and Aunt Helena to Silk Harbor when she accidentally boards the Sovereign, a ship designed to travel on aether currents. In the midst of the ship's attack she finds that even the passengers are out of this world. Emilie meets Kenar, a creature called Cirathi, who was sent to lead Vale Marlende and her hired crew to find her father. Emilie has always favored reading adventure stories, but when the Sovereign's rescue mission to the Hollow World gets underway she decides that she could actually get used to living the life of adventure.

    Emilie and the Hollow World is steep with action and adventure that's not distracted by pointless drama. It's one aspect of the novel that increased my opinion by the end. Another was Emilie's character. As the story progressed Wells' writing style seems to loosen and each character's characterization became either more impressive or simply more defining. When the plan to rescue Dr. Marlende quickly falls apart and the crew on the Sovereign encounters danger after danger, Emilie steps up. She takes her role as rescuer with stride and puts her own fears aside to save the lives of others. By the end of the novel, Emilie is a walking, talking confidence machine.

    The pace of the novel is a little slow at first, but once you warm up to the subject and the characters it seems to move a bit faster. The science-fiction and magical elements of the novel are unique, but the explanations sometimes went over my head. Maybe it was the technical wording, but my eyes kind of glazed over on scenes that referenced how the aetheric engines ran. Even so, the plot was overall easy and fun to follow.

    Emilie and the Hollow World is worlds different from most stories currently on YA shelves, but it's the beginning to an exciting series that I wholeheartedly recommend!
    *ARC provided via publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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