The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Centuries in the future, Eva Nine lives in an underground sanctuary with Muthr (her robot mother). She has never seen another human being and doesn’t even know if humans still exist on the planet they live on, called Orbona. In fact, Eva has never been to the surface. She lives a peaceful life (if not a little boring, although they have all the technology one could ask for) until a hunter flushes them out into the open—he wants to capture them so that they can be added to the Queen’s museum as display items.
Never having been to the surface before, Eva must rely entirely on her Omnipod (her talking handheld device that is similar to a computer). However, her Omnipod is having trouble identifying nearly everything she sees! Since her underground sanctuary has been destroyed, she can’t return there, and she begins to despair. Things get a little easier when she meets Rovender Kitt, a lanky creature who is out exploring on his own—he agrees to help her reunite with Muthr. The whole time Eva is on the surface, she clings to a picture she found in the sanctuary (of a girl, a robot, and a man in a hat) and hopes that she can find some clues as to who they are: she calls this picture her WondLa.
This is a good book that I enjoyed very much. The pictures are so interesting, plus there’s a website readers can visit (http://www.wondla.com) with interactive maps and more! Watch for a sequel, as readers are left with a lot of unanswered questions.
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