Emilie and the Hollow World

Emilie and the Hollow World

by Martha Wells




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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781908844491
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Martha is the author of several fantasy novels that have been published by Tor and HarperCollins, including Death of a Necromancer, which was a 1999 Nebula Nominee. Publisher's Weekly has said of her work: "Wells continues to demonstrate an impressive gift for creating finely detailed fantasy worlds rife with many-layered intrigues and immensely personable characters." And she has been lauded by authors such as Anne McCaffrey and Robin Hobb. Her books have been published in eight languages, including French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Dutch. Her most recent novel, The Cloud Roads was released by Night Shade Books in 2011. The sequel The Serpent Sea pubbed in January 2012. The author lives in College Station, TX.

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

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOL! 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.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
OtterB More than 1 year ago
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.
MaryRobinette More than 1 year ago
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.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
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*