Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells
While running away from home for reasons that are eminently defensible, Emilie’s plans to stow away on the steamship Merry Bell and reach her cousin in the big city go awry, landing her on the wrong ship and at the beginning of a fantastic adventure.
Taken under the protection of Lady Marlende, Emilie learns that the crew hopes to use the aether currents and an experimental engine, and with the assistance of Lord Engal, journey to the interior of the planet in search of Marlende’s missing father.
With the ship damaged on arrival, they attempt to traverse the strange lands on their quest. But when evidence points to sabotage and they encounter the treacherous Lord Ivers, along with the strange race of the sea-lands, Emilie has to make some challenging decisions and take daring action if they are ever to reach the surface world again.
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Date: 4th April 2013
Format: Medium Paperback
Date: 2nd April 2013
Format: Large Paperback
Date: 2nd April 2013
Format: Epub & Mobi
R.R.P.: £5.49 / $6.99
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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.
“Martha Wells’ Emilie and the Hollow World is a lovely little adventure story that brings a modern sensibility to a classic pulp trope, re-enlivening and re-envisioning it for a contemporary audience. The hollow world, the accidental stowaway, steamships, airships, the gentleman or gentlewoman adventurer—these are elements that would be at home in a story told in the thirties. The clever and competent young heroine on the other hand…well that’s another story entirely, and one that Martha Wells handles beautifully. Unlike those thirties pulps, this a book you wouldn’t be embarrassed to give a thirteen year old soccer player who can’t see any reason she won’t grow up to be a physicist and the next president of the United States. Deft writing and consummate storytelling make a classic story fresh again for a new audience. All in all, Emilie and the Hollow World is a ripping yarn for a modern audience.”
— Kelly McCullough, author of the WebMage and Fallen Blade series as well as the forthcoming YA School For Sidekicks: The Totally Secret Origin of Foxman Jr.
“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
“Emilie is the sort of resourceful protagonist that you wish you had as a friend when you were a teenager. She gets scared when it’s appropriate, then pulls herself together and does what needs doing anyway. In addition to that, Martha Wells has created a wonderful secondary world with strong steampunk elements that should appeal to anyone who likes adventure fantasy. This is a vibrant tale that would sit nicely alongside Jules Verne, but with all the boring bits cut out.”
- Mary Robinette Kowal on The Book Smugglers
“Emilie & the Hollow World was a fun, action steampunk adventure read. Thrown into a new world, Emilie at first was just an audience member, like us, to the adventure but soon she becomes bolder and gets in on the fun too. I liked her particularly because she never whined and just did what she felt needed to be done.” – Book Munchies