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Emilie and the Hollow World [Kindle Edition]

Martha Wells
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


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

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 421 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Strange Chemistry (April 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009MYA6UY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,554 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute story for younger readers April 8, 2013
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Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells was a fast-paced adventure full of rolicking fun and fantastical characters. The small steampunk influences were nicely integrated and the writing flowed quickly and crisply. Though I do feel this story is geared for the middle-grade to younger-YA audience, I think it has enough mystery and intrigue, coupled with a plucky heroine, to satisfy older readers.

Emilie has decided to run away from her uncle's home so that she can attend a school run by her cousin. When she finds herself without enough money for the ferry fare, she decided to stowaway but finds herself on the wrong ship. She soon meets and befriends the colorful cast that is directing the ship's course and finds herself on a journey to the center of the Earth. Emilie must summon all of her courage and ingenuity in order to survive the beautiful, but deadly, new world.

Emilie was a wonderful protagonist. She was smart and resourceful and determined to prove herself to everyone involved. She wasn't an unbelievable badass, but instead was a sensitive but determined young lady. She didn't give up when the odds were against her, nor did she lay down and cry when she found herself alone. Emilie perserveared throughout the novel and worked for her happy ending.

Emilie and the Hollow Worldhad an incredicble cast of supporting characters and quite a few of them were strong women. My favorites have to be Miss Marlende, an adventuress on a mission to save her father, and Rani & Kenar, two Hollow World denizens that has been helping Miss Marlende's father. There was also a nice little part at the end with Daniel, an apprentice sorcer not too much older than Emilie.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great title, but story doesn't quite match April 6, 2013
Emilie & the Hollow World, by Martha Wells, has an immediately endearing title (I'm a big fan of hollow world stories), which it doesn't quite live up to, though it's a solid enough story, if not particularly distinctive.

The novel opens with sixteen-year-old Emilie running away from her uncle's home and trying to slip aboard the local ferry. Things go awry and instead she's forced to swim to another nearby ship to hide from the dock guards. Turns out it just isn't Emilie's night, however, for soon the ship she's crawled up on is under attack and she quickly finds herself dodging bullets, meeting a not-at-all human- person, and then traveling the "aether current" into the world at the center of our own. Soon, she learns she's now an involuntary part of a rescue party/scientific expedition whose members include Lord Engal, Vale Marlende (her father is the aether scientist/sorcerer whose earlier expedition was lost), and Kenar (the strange-looking man whose home is in the Center of the Earth and who came to our world seeking help).

Arriving in the Hollow World, the group soon faces technical problems that may prevent them from getting home, making finding Vale's father all the more important as only he may be able to repair their ship. Their search leads Emilie into many adventures where her courage, empathy, and resourcefulness are greatly tested.

The positives are many. Emilie & the Hollow World is a light, quick read with a likable, "plucky" main character thrown into a series of fast-paced adventures nicely separated by quieter moments. The prose is efficient and carries you smoothly through the story.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Hollow World is disappointingly flat April 9, 2013
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I really wanted to like this book. The Hollow World could have been a great, fascinating setting. Victorian society with a mix of magic and steampunk technology? Great. Young runaway finds herself on a Jules-Verne-esque expedition beneath the world's surface, to discover new, fantastical and perilous realms full of strange creatures and other civilizations? Awesome.

Unfortunately, I thought it fell far short of its potential.

My biggest problem with the book was Emilie herself. At the start of the book she's supposed to come across as sheltered and naive, I think-- most of her worldly knowledge comes from reading romantic adventure novels-- but there's a line between "sheltered and naive" and "really incredibly dim," and Emilie falls firmly on the dim side.

For example: In the opening pages of the book, having recently run away from her uncle's home to embark on a "carefully" planned journey, she's surprised to find out that walking for two days with no food really isn't a very pleasant experience.

I'm sorry, but by the age of four I had worked out that if I ever wanted to run away, sneaking into the kitchen to pack some sandwiches would probably be a good first step. Emilie's sixteen, and-- unlike my four-year-old self-- presumably has the advantage of actually being tall enough to reach the bread. But, no, apparently it never occurred to her.

Then she stows away on a ship, gets discovered, and promptly gets indignant that some of the crew are so unfair as not to trust her at first sight. Never mind the fact that she's discovered just after someone else has tried to kill the entire crew; OBVIOUSLY she didn't have anything to do with that, so why are they being so unfaaiiir?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
Rollicking adventure story! Really enjoyed it.
Published 4 months ago by Ken Hooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Story
As with several other reviews, I thought that this was a cute story but it just fell short of that 5 star rating. The end was the best part by far. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Margaret W. Dendler
5.0 out of 5 stars A great new world
Martha Wells has a great talent for imaging entire worlds and creating them so vividly in her work that I can clearly envision them. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun YA fantasy with a steampunk flavor
I really enjoyed Emilie who had pluck and daring but was unused to actual adventures. She finds herself in a number of difficult and dangerous situations during her adventures... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-structured and paced.
A very engaging tale with a Jules Vernes flavour, featuring an interesting female protagonist in her early teens. Excellent YA literature that's enjoyable for adults as well.
Published 14 months ago by PCB
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Fun!
I had been looking for fun adventures set in a steampunk-style world for a little while now, and this fit the bill perfectly for me! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Magycmyste
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy Martha Wells books.
She writes with a vivid imagination and much action. I enjoy reading her books. She makes the unreal worlds seem real and filled with adventures.
Published 14 months ago by S. Lockwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic adventure!
What a fun ride! Emilie's adventures take her (and us) to a beautifully detailed world that manages to feel very fresh as well as lived in and complete. Read more
Published 16 months ago by ragingporcupine
4.0 out of 5 stars Totally enjoyable read
great characters, lovely world. Totally fun and hard to put down. it was a totally enjoyable read. perfect to share with family.
Published 16 months ago by Gwyneth Larsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good adventure
A great adventure story for anyone from an age able to read it, right up to any any age!
My main criticism is that I would have expected a bit of angst in Emilie, because she... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mara
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More About the Author

Martha Wells is the author of over a dozen fantasy novels, including Wheel of the Infinite, City of Bones, The Element of Fire, and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer. Her most recent fantasy novels are The Cloud Roads (Night Shade Books, March 2011), The Serpent Sea (Night Shade Books, January 2012), and The Siren Depths, (Night Shade Books, December 2012) and the novella collections Stories of the Raksura I: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud and Stories of the Raksura II: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below. Her YA fantasies, Emilie and the Hollow World and Emilie and the Sky World, were published by Strange Chemistry Books in April 2013 and April 2014, and her Star Wars novel, Razor's Edge, was published in October 2013.

She has also written the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy: The Wizard Hunters, The Ships of Air, and The Gate of Gods, all currently out in paperback and ebook from HarperCollins Eos. She has had short stories in the magazines Black Gate, Realms of Fantasy, Lone Star Stories, Lightspeed Magazine, and Stargate Magazine, and in the anthologies Elemental, The Other Side of the Sky, and Tales of the Emerald Serpent. She has essays in the nonfiction anthologies Farscape Forever, Mapping the World of Harry Potter, and Chicks Unravel Time. She has also written two media-tie-in novels, Stargate Atlantis: Reliquary and Stargate Atlantis: Entanglement. Her books have been published in eight languages, including French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Dutch, and her web site is

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