The Search for WondLa is the creation of Tont Di’Terlizzi, well known for The Spiderwick Chronicles. It tells the story of Eva Nine, who has been raised in an underground home by Muthr, a robot. She’s being prepared for her life outside, but when she gets there, she finds that it’s very different to what she was expecting.
Chased by a baddie, Eva Nine sets out to find other humans, and her journey brings her into contact with unusual people and places. It’s worth pointing out that this is the first book in a trilogy, so by the end, her journey is not complete. It is still a nice ending though.
The book is a strange combination – it has an old fashioned fairy tale feel to it, and yet it’s set in the future, with sci-fi elements. It’s a combination which can take a while to get used to, but it’s worth persevering.
The illustrations are also unusual, based on a ‘two colour’ technique. It does add to the overall feel of the book, but I have to admit that I would have preferred full colour. The addition of illustrations make this a good book for those first moving into full length books, and I think the ideal age is somewhere between 8 and 12, depending on reading level. I think it’s particularly suited to those who enjoy the whole experience of a book – it’s certainly the sort of book which would be cherished by those who enjoy the story.
The Search for WondLa is supported by a website, where you can see examples of the artwork, play games, download desktop images etc. It also includes WondLa Vision, which can be activated using images in the book. Unfortunately I had problems making it work, but the demonstration looks good, so I will try again.
Published by Simon and Schuster, available in hardback, ebook and audio – paperback 1st Sept 2011.