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Emilie and the Sky World (Strange Chemistry) by [Wells, Martha]
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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. "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

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When Emilie and Daniel arrive in Silk Harbor, Professor Abindon, an old colleague of the Marlendes, warns them that she’s observed something strange and potentially deadly in the sky, a disruption in an upper air aether current. But as the Marlendes investigate further, they realize it’s a ship from another aetheric plane. It may be just a friendly explorer, or something far more sinister, but they will have to take an airship into the dangerous air currents to find out.

Emilie joins the expedition and finds herself deep in personal entanglements, with an angry uncle, an interfering brother, and an estranged mother to worry about – not to mention a lost family of explorers, the strange landscapes of the upper air, and the deadly menace that inhabits the sky world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1730 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Strange Chemistry (March 4 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F1W0890
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Emilie Esperton & Daniel arrive in Silk Harbor. Professor Abindon (mother, Menaen Mainland University), an old colleague of the Dr. Marlende (father) & Vale Marlende (daughter) were all on a airship about to embark on a mission/research voyage to find out (explore) about aetheric currents.

Dr. Anton Deverrin, Lord Engel, Seth (crew), Cobbier (crew), Mikel (crew), & Emile’s brother Efrain Esperton who stowed away were also along for the journey.

Dr. & Vale Marlende investigate further & find out there is a friend/foe airship also from another aetheric plane headed toward them.

Where will this adventure take these set of kooky characters?

A very awesome book cover, great font, illustrations & writing style. A very well written outer space adventure book. It was very easy to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could make a great teen outer space adventure movie (Around the World in 80 days), animated cartoon or a mini TV series. A book you won’t want to put down. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.

Thank you for the free Goodreads book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Female Driven Adventure Nov. 18 2014
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There are many different kinds of adventure stories, and just as many variations to make them stand apart. In Emilie & the Sky World, Martha Wells presents a young female protagonist striking out to make her own way in life. This book is a sequel to Emilie & the Hollow World, so readers who have read that book will already know the steps that Emilie has taken toward independence. She has left the oppression of an overbearing uncle to find excitement and freedom working with a team of explorers. Through her previous adventure, she has discovered her self worth. She knows she’s capable and trustworthy, a travelling companion her fellow adventurers can rely on. But this time around, they are taking to the sky to travel to a realm plagued by mysterious, malevolent creatures, and along the way, Emilie must deal with the sibling rift between her and her brother. Through exploration, sibling rivalry and dangerous foes, Martha Wells weaves a tale that brings female adventurers to the forefront.

Now as a male reader myself, I really enjoy diving into a story where the leading characters are females. The sci-fi and fantasy stories I read are typically dominated by male casts or male leads, so it’s refreshing to see something different, especially when it’s well done. Emilie is the type of protagonist I find easy to get behind. She’s likeable, capable and courageous in just the right amounts that you can see yourself as the character. None of us our perfect, but an overly flawed character can often be too much of a hurdle to surpass. Through Emilie’s story, readers get to experience her wonder and accomplishment as she explores new realms and relationships. While this story revolves around exploration, the core of it is the relationships of the characters. Emilie must deal with the strained relationship she has with her brother Efrain. Reflecting that conflict, Emilie also notices the strained relationship between her fellow explorers. Miss Marlende and Professor Abindon quickly reveal a rift between them that mimics the one between Emilie and Efrain. Both pairs of characters notice the issues between each other which helps them recognize their own issues and overcome them. It adds a nice intricacy to the plot.

Adding some flavor to the book is exploration element of the story. While the familiar aspects of family rifts and finding your own self-worth ground the book with something readers can relate to, it’s the introduction of the strange and bizarre that makes it all fun. Their trip to the sky world reveals weird flying vessels inhabited by fantastical beings. One of them turns into a major character in the book. Made of plants, roots and flower blooms, I couldn’t help but picture the character as Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. The coincidental characteristics really added to the fun of the character. Together, Emilie and the plant being are able to help out when things turn most dire.

Now at the risk of revealing too much, the villains of this story deserve some attention. To maintain some level of secrecy and mystery, I’ll refer to them as the ghost pirates, which is what Emilie ends up calling them in the book. The ghost pirates are used to maximum effect, disrupting the journey, throwing everyone into peril, and forcing Emilie to rise above and beyond to help her friends. It is in her pursuit to help those she cares for that she becomes the hero. She proves to her brother that she is not a helpless girl, but a fully capable and courageous adventurer. In turn, she also earns her right to be among the Marlende’s in their strange voyage. And hopefully all her hard work and accomplishments will pay off for another adventure yet to come.

As a young adult novel, Emilie & the Sky World is a book that appeals to a much broader audience. It can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Yet it’s also a book backed by a very diverse cast. With it’s cast of determined, capable women, it lends itself to the female audience. For those looking for people of color, almost all of the characters are non-white. Even sexual diversity is touched upon. Thus, at the end of the day, you get a story that not only explores new worlds, but the diversity of our own world without being heavy handed about it. It’s a great way to do it.

For readers looking for a fun exploration novel with a lead female character, Emilie & the Sky World is a great book to check out. The story delves into issues we can all relate to while also diving into the unknown and forcing us to wonder what we might do in such a situation. By creating such grounded, believable characters, Martha Wells makes it easy to slip into the shoes of the characters and see the situations through their eyes. As such, it’s a book that delivers entertainment and escapism, adventure and self-reflection. I give it a five out of five.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Charming YA Read. Sept. 4 2014
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Martha Wells writes some of my favorite fantasy, and always does a splendid job with world building. This series is a little simpler writing and plotting-wise, aimed at about middle school/early high school level, but is still charming to an adult reader. Emilie is plucky without being obnoxious, optimistic without being pollyannaish. She has her moments of failure and makes mistakes, but picks herself up and figures out another way to get the job done. I think a lot of 12-14 year olds would enjoy her uncritically, and even adults will find themselves cheering for her, although they will probably figure out most of the plot before she does.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, Jules Verne-style adventure March 8 2014
By Ashley Ferguson - Published on
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*I received this book as an eARC from Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I thought that Emilie's adventures in the Hollow World were exciting and terrifying and fun and that it would be a little bit of a challenge to live up to them. But Emilie and the Sky World took all that and made it even better! Don't get me wrong - I loved the Hollow World and the Cirathi, but I really loved reading about the Sky World and learning about new creatures and a new world and the aether.

The Sky World is actually pretty terrifying. Things are constantly changing, and you never know what's going to happen. There are humans and plant creatures and a mysterious thing that might be out to destroy whatever it meets... And Emilie and her friends are always finding themselves in some sort of trouble. I mean, Daniel starts off nursing an injury from Emilie and the Hollow World, so he wouldn't be very helpful in a fight anyway. The crew has to be smaller since they're traveling skyward, so there's not any room to bring additional people to act solely as guards. And once again, it's up to Emilie to save the day and her friends.

I really admired Emilie, and I'm glad that she still had some room to grow after her experiences in the Hollow World. Since this book takes place shortly after the Marlendes and their crew return from the Hollow World, Emilie has barely had any time to adjust to being Miss Marlende's assistant She's still dealing with Daniel being shot, almost being killed, seeing some of her friends killed, and with everything that Lord Iver did. Even though she grew up and had to be brave and sly and witty in the first book, she has to come to an understanding with her younger brother. I really enjoyed the sibling relationships in this book, and I wish there had been even more in the first book.

My favorite thing about this book was how it read very much like a Jules Verne novel, only more modern and more fantastical. In Emilie's world, there's magic and aether currents, airships and mysterious lands, and all sorts of things that I almost wish our world had. Her adventures and the characters are very much in the vein of Verne though, and I think that fans of his books would really like this duology. It also reads quite a bit easier than a Verne novel, since the language is more updated and more tailored to today's YA crowd.

Although this is a YA novel, Martha shows more things than she tells and doesn't shy away from science. I feel like there's a really heavy steampunk influence to these books intermixed with the fantasy, and I never felt like anything was "dumbed down." None of the science or the magic is complicated, per se, but Martha makes the reader feel like they're in on all of it and know exactly what she's trying to get across. I think that seeing things from Emilie's perspective really helps that, since Emilie's knowledge of the aether and the spells is pretty much on par with ours.

I don't want to ramble about this book too much, but I definitely think it's worth the read! If you enjoyed Emilie and the Hollow World, I would definitely recommend this sequel. It's everything the first book was and so much more! I would also recommend this book to anyone looking for a Jules Verne-type novel, or a fantasy with some sci-fi thrown in. Also, to anyone who wants a magical steampunk adventure. 4/5!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Martha Wells is very underrated March 18 2014
By Lillian Butler - Published on
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Why she is not getting all the TV contracts is beyond me. Her work is consistently excellent, and you KNOW that every single secondary character has their own backstory and life outside the book. I adore Emilie and want to see more!
5.0 out of 5 stars I always start Martha Wells's series in the middle! June 7 2014
By Claire S. Cooney - Published on
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I loved this book! I bought it because I love the writer's work and the title was awesome. Now I have to go and read the first book and the third!!! I love a sensible, quick-witted, brave heroine! I love a heroine who works in community with friends to battle monsters and fly sky-ships and explore strange new worlds!

And then I'll probably have to reread all the Raksura books. Again. And also the Ile-Rien books. Because she's just that great.