By: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Eva Nine is a curious and sensitive twelve-year-old who has existed only in a subterranean home called Sanctuary, cared for by a robot named Muthr. Eva’s great desire is to go aboveground, and her wish comes true, though not as she had imagined. On the surface, Eva goes in search of other humans–she has never met one–and soon meets both friend and foe.
Alright, I usually don’t jump right into the review, but this book was fantastic! Although, the size of the book was daunting and it’s a wonder why students haven’t taken this book out more often because it is so good! Truly and honestly I’ve yet to read another book like this. I would’ve lost sleep reading the entire thing from front to back.
The protagonist, Eva Nine, was raised in a subterranean home called “The Sanctuary” by a robot, otherwise known as Muthr. By the beginning of the story young Eva is bored and tired of the same life-lessons training that she has been weened up in and wants to take her lessons out into the real-world, or above ground. Obviously this is a big no-no in Muthr’s eyes, believing Eva isn’t ready. But tragedy strikes, initially forcing the pair apart. Muthr being left in the Sanctuary and Eva to run out into the middle of the night completely unaware of the new dangers that lurked in the midst of the outer world. Things that Muthr couldn’t prepare young Eva for.
After sleeping on a wandering tree, the next morning she sets out to reach the neighboring Sanctuary. She soon finds an abandoned Sanctuary (not the one she’s supposed to find) where inhabiting is a creature never before seen, whom we later learn his name is Rovender Kit and befriend, warbling in a language Eva doesn’t understand. Eva, scared, runs away and is soon caught by a beast with the appearance of a hawk-on-steroids, Besteel. Taking the words she heard the strange creature speak she yells them out hoping one of them will attract him to help her. Needless to say they both wind up getting caught but escape, along with another large extra-terrestrial beast known as a “Water Bear”.
Eva learns different creatures have a telepathic ability to speak to her because of her pure-of-heart nature. After escaping, Rovender and Eva set out to save Muthr, who was left behind in the Sanctuary. Once located they all set out on the journey of a lifetime, searching for more humans and understanding of the strange new world Eva and Muthr weren’t prepared to enter.
Although the whole concept sounds like a bewildering idea. Creatures
subtly said to be 400 times larger than their perchance cousins of creatures from the ocean deep, plants that look like sea cucumbers and other characters who appear to be anemones and strange flotsam that once floated haphazardly in a big ocean that once was, but nobody knows of the humans, and the Queen wants this rare specimen, Eva, for her museum collection.
It’s a great adventure inside of an adventure and the story line, along with the accompanying drawings at the beginning of every chapter really entraps the reader in a world that is their own only centuries away from now. It’s amazing and I would highly recommend it!