- Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: Strange Chemistry (2. April 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1908844493
- ISBN-13: 978-1908844491
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 14 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 1,9 x 19,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 199.503 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Emilie and the Hollow World (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. April 2013
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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
"A swashbuckling escape for avid readers that trades buttoned-up boundaries for unbridled adventure."
-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Wells has struck pure gold with this exciting and elaborate story that has no limits on its imagination—it perpetually surprises and entertains and keeps the reader guessing. Filled with warmth and danger and plenty of suspense, Emilie and the Hollow World is such a good, honest, real adventure that just…hits the spot. It’s just so good."
-Jet Black Ink
"Martha Wells introduces the newest fearless heroine in teen literature: Emilie. Wells takes readers on an adventure that braves a new world and rivals the Journey to the Center of the Earth!"
-Lovey Dovey Books
"If you’re looking for a fun YA adventure with a lovely, strong female protagonist, Emilie and the Hollow Worldis the book for you."
-A Fantastical Librarian
"This book is definitely a good choice for younger readers, especially female ones, who a geeky parent is looking to introduce the wonders of genre reading."
-Paul Weimer, SF Signal
Emilie and the Hollow World is one of the best and most entertaining YA books I've ever read, because it's a charming old-fashioned adventure book.
"Read it. Give it to your local twelve-year-olds. It’s made of win."
-Liz Bourke, Sleeps With Monsters
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
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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Emilie has eloped from her home and the custody of her aunt and uncle. She feels that she can't fulfil their expectations as she wishes to study and see more of the world. But her escape doesn't exactly turn out as planned when she accidentally "boards" the wrong ship as it is dark and the harbor police is close on her heels. Now she has stepped into the greates adventure of all: the journey to the earth's inner core, the hollow world.
Using aether currents, the ship travels to an unknown world on a mission to save Lord Marlende who is aground there with no means to get back. On their way the encounter strange creatures, underwater cities and get caught up in the politics of this strange new world. Will they ever make their way back?
The reader is thrown into the action right away without that much explanation of the world. Everything is either taken for granted or explained so casually that it was hard for me to really get into it and feel the excitement and adventurer's spirit of the grand expedition. But I really loved Well's imagination. She created a fabulous steampunk world with great technical detail but still easy enough to understand for young adults. I was sad that I couldn't connect with it more.
Emilie was a nice young lady that I liked even though I couldn't get any emotions from her, just like from all other characters. I can't describe it any better, really. Emilie and the Hollow World is an enjoyable book and I hope the author's style will develop and I can be swept away by her fascinating ideas in the second book: Emilie and the Sky World.
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The story has a pretty solid cast of characters. At the center of the story is Emilie, who has followed in her mother's footsteps and run away from home, only to find out it's a lot harder than the stories portray it to be. Still, Emilie isn't a helpless girl. Through the story, she's developed as a likeable, competent character. One thing I liked about Emilie is that she's very normal. She's not special in any magical way, she's not the daughter of famous wizards or nobility. On her own merits, Emilie is able to make something of herself. While she doesn't become the Queen of the Hollow World, she does manage to help out her friends. It's a nice personal journey that avoids the traps of Mary Sue characters and trite plotlines of saving the world.
The world itself is different from our own. There is a bit of magic, but it's more along the lines of steampunk than sword and sorcery. In this case, the sorcerers can use magic for illusions and for protective bubbles. There are steam ships, pistols, rifles, telegraphs and gaslights. It has a late 1800s vibe to it. The Hollow World adds another layer of fantasy with the inclusion of strange races of creatures. There's the fury, lizard like Cirathi, the iridescent merpeople of the Sealands, and some hostile plant people. The descriptions of the Hollow World and the people therein reminded me of Martha Wells' Books of the Raksura series. She has a knack for creating strange races that seem completely foreign but also intriguing. It keeps the story interesting and provides plenty of fuel for your imagination.
That said, it is a young adult novel, and the story doesn't quite break the magical bar set by Harry Potter. However, it's still a good book and very enjoyable. There is action, plenty of adventure and some nice character development throughout. The book also ends with some good resolution and no annoying cliff hangers. If you're looking for some entertaining escapism that ventures off to exotic locales, I recommend checking out Emilie & the Hollow World. It earns a four out of five.
This is a great example of such. It's exciting enough that I think even boys would read it, and Emilie is a nifty and resourceful character.
This is not the kind of book that goes in for lots of character development; the other characters are well-described but not especially nuanced- which is appropriate for such a book. Emilie does grow, and learns more about her capabilities and talents as things progress.
Add in some fun steampunk-ish elements, a world inside our world, and an elaborately twisty plot, and this was a lot of fun! (I'm an adult, and this is a YA novel.)
A minor quibble: Emilie's boots. She lost them when escaping one imprisonment. This was a point. Then, a few chapters later, she had them again. This possession was also pointed out explicitly several times. Then, toward the end, Emilie regretted that her boots had been lost during that first imprisonment! A reader that could do some continuity checking would have been helpful; while this was a really minor detail, it threw me out of the story when the first contradiction occurred.
Still! It's a good story set in a world that is intriguing, and I look forward to reading more.
The steampunk elements are fairly underplayed, making up part of the background environment rather than being front and center. i liked this but if you are looking for the steampunk to be the focus this is not your book.
As always, Wells worldbuilding is detailed and thorough. We are introduced to two nonhumans societies and they culture, politics and infrastructure are very well thought out and believably complex.
An enjoyable read.
My main criticism is that I would have expected a bit of angst in Emilie, because she is young and experiencing scary as well as exciting events. She's very placid about it all.
However, the world-building, as always with Ms Wells, is just wonderful, and the characters very enjoyably both good and bad. The suspense and tension are strong, but not graphic enough to be upsetting for younger readers.
It deserves a sequel, which I hope will be forthcoming.