Monday, September 3, 2012

A Hero For WondLa (WondLa #2) by Tony DiTerlizzi



The highly anticipated new illustrated novel in the New York Times bestselling The Search for WondLa series.

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


I listened to the audiobook on this one, so as the summary indicates there are illustrations in the novel, I did not get to see those, other than what is posted online. I hope to buy this series in Hardback set, it's worth it and I love this story. I haven't felt this good about a middle grade series in years. It's imaginative and will pull you in.

This series is meant to be read in order. There are several references to the events of the first book throughout book 2.

Finally after all her travels Eva Nine finds her way to New Attica. But after the newness begins to wear off she finds that it's not anything like she really imagined it would be. There are strict rules, medical experiments and secrets and the discovery of a sister.

Eva Nine is a strong and determined main character. She learns by listening and observing. Her past experiences give her some intuition on what to watch and listen for. Like the Harry Potter series, the Wondla series has very different levels of ideas brought to the table. The growth of yourself through your experiences and standing up for your beliefs and those you care for. Also the social and political interactions between beings and betterment of society altogether. (we view both positive and negative interactions)

I was a little torn between how I felt with the narrator of the audiobook Teri Hatcher. For one I loved her speaking voice, she does the character impersonation very well and the emotions came through. The pronunciation and the slowing of speech during parts of the story where sometimes hard for me to push through, as I am used to a fast reading pace. But I think that for the younger listeners (in which this story was intended for) will not have these same issues and it may even help them understand the story better.

The best part about choosing the audiobook option for this book is the fact that on the physical CD's there is a picture. When you take a snapshot of that picture with your webcam you will be taken to a website full of adventures and games that continue on into this imaginative world this author has created.

An amazingly detailed and creative science fiction adventure for kids of all ages.


 

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