Series: Wondla #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books on September 21st 2010
When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the twelve-year-year-old girl is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for anyone else like her, for she knows that other humans exist, because of an item she treasures—a scrap of cardboard on which is depicted a young girl, an adult, and a robot, with the strange word, “WondLa.” Tony DiTerlizzi honors traditional children's literature in this totally original space age adventure: one that is as complex as an alien planet, but as simple as a child's wish for a place to belong.
Breathtaking two-color illustrations throughout reveal another dimension of Tony DiTerlizzi's vision, and, for those readers with a webcam, the book also features Augmented Reality in several places, revealing additional information about Eva Nine's world.
The Search for Wondla has a mix almost of the Wizard of Oz meets Alice in Wonderland, but set in the future on a planet far away. I can't even describe it right – but it was great. Full of adventure and discovery!
Eva is a curious girl and I would be too if I had grown up stuck indoors, only learning about the outside and never seeing it for myself. I definitely love her sense of adventure and her courageous heart.
Muthr is a great character as well – a robot who has to care for the young Eva and is very much like a real mother to her.
Rovender reminds me a bit of Jar Jar banks – just in my head of what he would look like. He's an explorer of sorts that runs into Eva and helps her the best he can. He's the guiding figure in the book and is a great help to Eva.
Final Verdict: The Search for Wondla definitely seems to have bits of sci-fi pieces that I've seen in movies and other books. Eva is a character anyone can relate to – wanting to do something she is told not to. Then, when she is able to do it, it is for a reason other than her own wants.
Cover Commentary: I love it. Tony is a genius at art and it almost gives it a Star Wars type look.