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Emilie and the Hollow World [Digital]

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  • Digital
  • ISBN-10: 1908844507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908844507
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute story for younger readers April 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Hollow World is disappointingly flat April 9, 2013
By Seldon
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleased that there is a sequel as well
My first venture in t Martha Wells's novels. I found Emile engaging and sharp, a marvelous heroine for younger readers or us older ones too. Pleased that there is a sequel as well. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. G. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
Rollicking adventure story! Really enjoyed it.
Published 15 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 19 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 22 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 on February 4, 2014 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 on January 20, 2014 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 on January 12, 2014 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 on January 6, 2014 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 on November 14, 2013 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 on November 5, 2013 by Gwyneth Larsen
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