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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

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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  • File Size: 421 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Strange Chemistry (April 2, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 2, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009MYA6UY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,971 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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. She has also written media-tie-in novels: Stargate Atlantis: Reliquary, Stargate Atlantis: Entanglement, and Star Wars: Razor's Edge.

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, Tales of the Emerald Serpent, The Gods of Lovecraft, and Mech: Age of Steel. She has essays in the nonfiction anthologies Farscape Forever, Mapping the World of Harry Potter, and Chicks Unravel Time. Her books have been published in eight languages, including French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Dutch, and her web site is www.marthawells.com

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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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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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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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