Eva Nine is a curious and sensitive twelve year old who has existed only in a subterranean home called Sanctuary, cared for by a robot named Muthr. Eva's great desire is to go aboveground, and her wish comes true, though not as she had imagined. On the surface, Eva goes in search of other humans--she has never met one--and soon meets both friend and foe.
The world was beautifully described. We definitely weren’t on a planet
that resembled the earth we know. We get real facts in real time. DiTerlizzi does a masterful job giving details that reveals physical, mental, and emotional traits belonging to either the landscape,
the character, or both.
Technology plays various roles here from handicap to limitation to lifesaver. Often the real world turns out to be more useful than what her educational devices are telling her. This brings up a fascinating double-take on our current world. With the boom of technology, internet, mobile devices, etc., what is a better character builder for our kids? Is all this new convenient technology our savior or our eventual crutch?
Some of the more intriguing scenes are when she is held in the capital’s museum. She is nothing more than an artifact. Her words fall on deaf ears. She is not a person, she is different looking, she is from the past, and she is to be studied. While humanity is not nearly as barbaric in their preservation of historical specimens, it makes you think about how much we cling to the past and yet somehow refuse to learn from it. We’ll microscopically dissect it, look at it, read about it, but how does it change us?
To summarize this book: Take a little bit of “The Wizard of Oz” and “Alice in Wonderland,” toss in some “Star Wars” and “Planet of the Apes,” mix well by a talented writer, and you have a delicious story that leaves you hungry for more! While this is not a stand-alone story, the main goal of the protagonist, to find WondLa has been achieved. There have been sacrifices and pain and joy throughout the journey. Was it worth it? Eva Nine becomes a strong, mature, and smart girl from it. She learns that its not about what’s at the end of the journey, its who walks with you that will bring you the most joy. Eva learns to let go of the way things were. There is no more trying to find that piece of the world that fits with her, no more trying to find a sanctuary and other humans, it’s about her becoming adaptable to her environment. She learns what to let go and what to hold onto. She learns the importance of friendship. And she learns that while dreams call to us to be pursued, staying true to yourself and your friends is the only way to achieve your goals.
LOVED the illustrations. Gorgeous addition to this book. I love beautiful art. It only helps your imagination soar to new heights! Black and white and beautiful!
Of note: The subsequent books continue to tell the story well. I recommend this series!
Just released December 2016: "The Forgotten" volume 2 "Heir of the Heretic"
Reviewed and awarded the
2016 Indie Editor's Choice
by the Historical Novel Society.
Long listed for the Historical Novel Society 2017 Indie Award.
Goodreads profile at: https://www.goodreads.com/JElse