- Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
- Verlag: Strange Chemistry (20. Februar 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1908844515
- ISBN-13: 978-1908844514
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2,1 x 19,8 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.826.953 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Emilie and the Sky World (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 20. Februar 2014
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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 of the Razorland and Beauty books. "Emilie is the best kind of adventurer - curious, courageous, stubborn, resourceful, and quick to make friends. I can't wait to see where she goes exploring next." - Sharon Shinn
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Martha Wells 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. Publishers 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 is forthcoming in 2012.
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When they reach the other ship, it appears to be deserted, and the first party that goes to investigate disappears. What could have happened to them? I'm not going to tell, but I have two words for you: ghost pirates. If that doesn't sell you, well, you just don't think like I do.
Let me add that there are several twists and turns to the narrative before things are settled and that there's more than just adventure going on. Emilie and her brother have a few issues, and their evolving relationship is one of the things that makes the book entertaining. As in the first book, Emilie proves herself clever, resourceful, and ready to take risks for her friends. If you're looking for a fast-moving YA adventure with interesting characters and a vivid setting, this is it. Check it out.
Now as a male reader myself, I really enjoy diving into a story where the leading characters are females. The sci-fi and fantasy stories I read are typically dominated by male casts or male leads, so it’s refreshing to see something different, especially when it’s well done. Emilie is the type of protagonist I find easy to get behind. She’s likeable, capable and courageous in just the right amounts that you can see yourself as the character. None of us our perfect, but an overly flawed character can often be too much of a hurdle to surpass. Through Emilie’s story, readers get to experience her wonder and accomplishment as she explores new realms and relationships. While this story revolves around exploration, the core of it is the relationships of the characters. Emilie must deal with the strained relationship she has with her brother Efrain. Reflecting that conflict, Emilie also notices the strained relationship between her fellow explorers. Miss Marlende and Professor Abindon quickly reveal a rift between them that mimics the one between Emilie and Efrain. Both pairs of characters notice the issues between each other which helps them recognize their own issues and overcome them. It adds a nice intricacy to the plot.
Adding some flavor to the book is exploration element of the story. While the familiar aspects of family rifts and finding your own self-worth ground the book with something readers can relate to, it’s the introduction of the strange and bizarre that makes it all fun. Their trip to the sky world reveals weird flying vessels inhabited by fantastical beings. One of them turns into a major character in the book. Made of plants, roots and flower blooms, I couldn’t help but picture the character as Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. The coincidental characteristics really added to the fun of the character. Together, Emilie and the plant being are able to help out when things turn most dire.
Now at the risk of revealing too much, the villains of this story deserve some attention. To maintain some level of secrecy and mystery, I’ll refer to them as the ghost pirates, which is what Emilie ends up calling them in the book. The ghost pirates are used to maximum effect, disrupting the journey, throwing everyone into peril, and forcing Emilie to rise above and beyond to help her friends. It is in her pursuit to help those she cares for that she becomes the hero. She proves to her brother that she is not a helpless girl, but a fully capable and courageous adventurer. In turn, she also earns her right to be among the Marlende’s in their strange voyage. And hopefully all her hard work and accomplishments will pay off for another adventure yet to come.
As a young adult novel, Emilie & the Sky World is a book that appeals to a much broader audience. It can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Yet it’s also a book backed by a very diverse cast. With it’s cast of determined, capable women, it lends itself to the female audience. For those looking for people of color, almost all of the characters are non-white. Even sexual diversity is touched upon. Thus, at the end of the day, you get a story that not only explores new worlds, but the diversity of our own world without being heavy handed about it. It’s a great way to do it.
For readers looking for a fun exploration novel with a lead female character, Emilie & the Sky World is a great book to check out. The story delves into issues we can all relate to while also diving into the unknown and forcing us to wonder what we might do in such a situation. By creating such grounded, believable characters, Martha Wells makes it easy to slip into the shoes of the characters and see the situations through their eyes. As such, it’s a book that delivers entertainment and escapism, adventure and self-reflection. I give it a five out of five.
Without going into spoilers, this is a fun adventure story with a likeable and well realized character. As the second book, there is somewhat less sense of immediate wonder, as we’ve seen the universe and the characters before. The character arc was more internal, and handled with a very light touch. As an adult reader I appreciate this; I think I would have liked it better as a child reader as well. The book does not insult the reader’s intelligence with cardboard cutout secondary characters, something I look for.
If I were to point out one flaw, the story seemed a little shorter than it could have been – as the characters become more detailed I’d like to see them given more text in which to shine - but as the parent of a fast reader I may be tolerant of longer YA books than is rational.
This book can be read on its own, but the first in the series is also quite good and I would recommend reading them in order if you’re getting both.
(H, K.'s husband. Amazon doesn't seem to know we read the same books, so reviewing from her account.)
And then I'll probably have to reread all the Raksura books. Again. And also the Ile-Rien books. Because she's just that great.