The Battle For WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi

I very much enjoyed the first two books in the WondLa series by Tony DiTerlizzi (reviews here and here) so naturally I grabbed The Battle For WondLa (Book #3) when it was released:

Battle for WondLaEva Nine is at her bravest in the final book in the New York Times bestselling trilogy from the fantastical mind of Tony DiTerlizzi.

All hope for a peaceful coexistence between humankind and aliens seems lost in the third installment of the WondLa trilogy. Eva Nine has gone into hiding for fear of luring the wicked Loroc to her companions.

However, news of the city Solas being captured by the human leader, Cadmus Pryde, forces Eva into action once again. With help from an unlikely ally, Eva tries to thwart Loroc’s ultimate plan for both mankind and the alien life on Orbona.

Complete with lavish two-color illustrations and spot art throughout, and starring a host of unforgettable characters that reinforce the importance of friendship, The Battle for WondLa has all the hallmarks of a classic book—of the future.

I have to confess, I think I should have read the first two books in this trilogy before reading the third.

I did go back and read the last chapter or two of the second book to try to get my bearings but I still felt a little lost at times.

This third book, however, has all the ingredients that makes the series enjoyable: wonderful illustrations and all around design; imaginative characters and settings; and some great adventures.

I enjoyed reading it, and seeing the story move toward a conclusion and the climax was exciting. There were times, however, that I had a hard time keeping everything straight.

The history/future and all the species, races and people’s relationships between and amongst them can get a little confusing at times. And there are moments when things get a little cheesy.

But all in all it really is a great series full of imagination and creativity, a great main character in Eva, and a gorgeous package to wrap it all up.

This is a series I can see myself going back re-reading and then sharing with my kids.

A Hero for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi

I was intrigued by The Search for WondLa by its unique combination of illustrations and story.  I have a hard time resisting well packaged books that offer creative art and imaginative story lines.

So of course when a sequel came out and I had to keep reading.

… Before the end of The Search for WondLa, Eva Nine had never seen another human, but after a human boy named Hailey rescues her along with her companions, she couldn’t be happier. Eva thinks she has everything she’s ever dreamed of, especially when Hailey brings her and her friends to the colony of New Attica, where humans of all shapes and sizes live in apparent peace and harmony.

But all is not idyllic in New Attica, and Eva Nine soon realizes that something sinister is going on—and if she doesn’t stop it, it could mean the end of everything and everyone on planet Orbona …

This second book in the series, A Hero for WondLa, brings all that was well done about the first and adds in more details and more depth to the characters. DiTerlizzi continues his wonderful world building and adds in a real sense of danger and menace to this book in the form of the humans Eva Nine finally meets.

Like all good world builders, DiTerlizzi has created a world filled with interesting creatures and cultures that seem to have ancient and complex histories behind them. And just when you begin to think the story might be simple he adds in a twist or a layer of complexity. And yet there is a simplicity and beauty to the story that makes it a real joy to read.

For those who read the first book this is an obvious must read. If you haven’t yet read WondLa I highly recommend it before starting the second book.

The only problem? Now the wait for the third book begins …