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A Hero for WondLa (The Search for WondLa) Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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"Inventive...should please fans of the first volume."--Kirkus Reviews
"Much of the characterization, plot, and copious illustrations are reminiscent of the Oz books." (VOYA)
"In this much-anticipated sequel to The Search for WondLa, Tony DiTerlizzi answers many of the lingering questions with futuristic world-building and confident storytelling...DiTerlizzi's masterful two-color illustrations in blue and black ramp up the tensions. The trilogy's end can't come soon enough."--Shelf Awareness
"This installment in the series is as well written as the first and will leave readers wanting to know what happens to all those fighting to save their world. With complete descriptions of scenery, creatures, flora, and cities, DiTerlizzi has created a world that is easy for readers to step into. A strong recommendation for anyone who has read the first volume and motivation for others to start the series."--School Library Journal
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Before the end of The Search for WondLa, Eva Nine had never seen another human, but after a human boy named Hailey rescues her along with her companions, she couldn't be happier. Eva thinks she has everything she's ever dreamed of, especially when Hailey brings her and her friends to the colony of New Attica, where humans of all shapes and sizes live in apparent peace and harmony.
But all is not idyllic in New Attica, and Eva Nine soon realizes that something sinister is going on and if she doesn't stop it, it could mean the end of everything and everyone on planet Orbona. Three illustrations trigger a 3-D Augmented Reality flying game that mimics action in the novel.
Featuring an abundance of lavish two-color illustrations and spot art throughout and introducing a host of remarkable characters that reinforce the importance of friendship, A Hero for WondLa has all the hallmarks of a classic book of the future.
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Characters from the first book come back in to play, so it would be best to read the series in order, especially to enjoy the big reveal in book one, which book two treats as fact.
Like all good world builders, DiTerlizzi has created a world filled with interesting creatures and cultures that seem to have ancient and complex histories behind them. And just when you begin to think the story might be simple he adds in a twist or a layer of complexity. And yet there is a simplicity and beauty to the story that makes it a real joy to read.
For those who read the first book this is an obvious must read. If you haven't yet read WondLa I highly recommend it before starting the second book.
The only problem? Now the wait for the third book begins ...
I was excited to see the other humans and their city, but found that while that part was interesting, the best part of the story was Eva's development and growth. While The Search for WondLa introduced us to this strange new world and characters, A Hero for WondLa shows the growth and development of a true hero.
DiTerlizzi does a great job of exploring the characters and their environments, and introduces us to some new elements along the way. Once again, the story is accompanied by wonderful illustrations (blue-tinged this time) that help to carry the narrative forward.
A Hero for WondLa definitely answers a lot of questions that were left unanswered in The Search for WondLa, but leaves us with enough mystery and a slight cliffhanger to leave us wanting more. I think that the WondLa books are ones I'll return to again and again in the future, and will recommend them to my friends and family. I can't wait for the next book, and yet at the same time I'm dreading an end to this wonderful series.
It brings brand new characters with a returning appearance of Otto, Eva's Halcyonus friends and Arius.
You also get to know a lot more about Hailey, the boy pilot who appears to pick Eva and Rovender up at the end of book one.
The book is set for children but teen and adult readers who read the first book will enjoy this aswell.
I read The Search for WondLa a couple years ago in hard cover and found it to be interesting. I was intrigued to find out what "WondLa" was. I had hoped through out the book that the "WondLa" thing that was tied to Eva's past was going to give out major answers about where she originally came from before her underground home but I wasn't given what I hoped for then. This book gives a tiny bit more info on her origins.
I'm eager to read The Battle for WondLa when it comes out, the third book in the series.
It, and the one before and the one after, are worth the price of admission. If you're older than YA buy them anyway, you may discover a guilty pleasure.
This particular novel series does not rely too heavily on imagination and it deals with topics that people need to consider. Of primary focus is: Is human dominance over the animals any better than alien domination over humans?
Eva 9 is strong-willed, yet she shows flexibility. All of the supporting cast are dynamic yet not too extraordinary. There are moments when these creatures "magic" does impact the story, but it's not too dramatic.
Overall, I look forward to reading the final of this series and I recommend that any 4th grader through adult give this a read.