Review Blog

Jul 31 2012

A hero for Wondla by Tony Diterlizzi

cover image

Simon and Schuster, 2012. ISBN 9780857073013.
(Ages: 10+) Recommended. Fantasy. On finding this was the second volume in a fantasy trilogy, I was initially disappointed, but starting reading it was apparent that I did not need the first book to be able to follow what was going on. And there is quite a lot! Eva Nine and her helper, Rovender, have been found by Hailey, sent from New Attica to find humans or reboots, to take them to the new city, and he is less than willing to tell them much of what goes on there. We learn from the conversation between Eva and Rovender a little of their lives up to now, covering her loss of her MUTHR and the fact that few humans now exist. They have left the Sanctuary and have faced all sorts of dangers, not the least of which has been the loss of her omniport.
Once at New Attica, of course, the world Eva Nine has dreamed of all her life, does not materialise and she must again, fight for her very survival. A woman called Eva Eight finds her within the hedonistic city and tries to warn her of the total control of the lives of its inhabitants by the ruler. But they are captured after staying out after curfew and told they are to be evicted from the city.
The images of New Attica with its dependence on fashion and having fun, using a card to pay for what they do, being controlled by the media, all smacks of parallels to our twenty first century lifestyle and readers will have no illusions about these comparisons.
This is an exciting read, full of twists and incredible beings to absorb. I first came across DiTelizza when reading, The spider and the fly, his illustrations for that well known poem were dark and disturbing, sinister and funny, and his illustrations adorn this book, giving a face to the many characters and their settings.
This is a fantastic take on the theme of a 'brave new world' of the future.
Fran Knight

BUY IT NOW ON booktopia
Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
International Children's Book Day 2nd April, 2017
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals 2017 longlist
CILIP Carnegie Medal longlist 2017
Branford Boase Award 2017 longlist
Children's Book Award 2017 shortlist
Infographic: Teen reading habits
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2017
Newbery and Caldecott Medals 2017
ALA awards 2017
Costa Children's Book Award 2016
National Simultaneous Storytime 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Science fiction and fantasy lists SAETA conference 2015
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Books for boys
Bookmark and poster templates