*I received this book as an eARC from Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
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Title: Emilie and the Hollow World
Author: Martha Wells
Year Published: 2013
Synopsis: 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.
Why?: I requested this book mostly because Strange Chemistry has never steered me wrong with their books. Also, this sounds like a really fun fantasy adventure with just enough mystery to keep it interesting. I'm really interested to see how Wells constructs a world within a world (world-ception?), and to see what creatures inhabit the Hollow World.
Expectations: I expect a fairly easy read, with adventure, mystery, magic, and fantastical things. I don't expect Emilie to be a very strong heroine at first, but I think that she will grow to become a strong young woman over the course of the book.
Judging a book by its cover: The cover looks very steampunk-ish, so it isn't necessarily something that I would be immediately drawn to. I do love the way it looks though, so I would probably pick it up after thinking about it for a couple of minutes. I'm not a huge steampunk fan, but I do appreciate when it's incorporated well, so the cover is a definitely intriguing.