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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan and Wendy, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I wondered why it was that I returned to these timeless tales again and again throughout my life. The answer is easy: There lies magic between those pages, places I loved visiting when I was ten years-old that I still love returning to today. What if I could conjure up a story in the same spirit? A story that the ten-year-old Tony would have loved and that the forty-year-old Tony has the ability to create? First, I’d make the hero a heroine—a strong and clever spirit drawn from some of my favorite protagonists like Dorothy Gale, Wendy Darling, and Alice. And, like those characters, I’d have her cope with problems children can relate to: Some are timeless, such as dealing with parents and finding one’s place in the world; others more timely such as society’s growing reliance on technology to help us.
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I’d create a wonderworld for my heroine to have her adventures in. — Tony DiTerlizzi . This was how I began to imagine the world of Eva Nine and her journey in The Search for WondLa. such as robots.Next. A fairy tale for the twenty-first century. her story is still a fairy tale at its heart. Though Eva utilizes futuristic technology as she interacts with all manner of aliens. and an array of bizarre otherworldly life-forms. A fairy tale of danger and adventure. I’d populate it with characters whose personalities may seem familiar but who are housed in a more science-fiction cast. A setting both familiar and strange that I’d hope readers would enjoy exploring. A fairy tale of compassion and family. aliens.
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you can see noninteractive maps and a video at Within WondL a. If you do not have access to a webcam. brought to life through the wonders of W ondL a . You’ll need a computer with Internet access and a webcam to get started. The illustrations on pages 123.ision (also known V as Augmented Reality).com for directions. 277.com . Just visit WondLa. and 433 are the keys to unlock this hidden feature.the pages of this book you will find a hidden feature: a three-dimensional interactive map allowing you to follow the sights and sounds of Eva Nine’s journey.
. . . . . . . 92 . . . . . . 47 Chapter 6: Omnipod . . .Contents PART I Chapter 1: Alone . . . . . . . . 54 Chapter 7: Life-forms . . 2 Chapter 2: Skills . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Chapter 9: Slice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Chapter 4: Boom . . . . . . . . . 61 Chapter 8: Stuck . . . . . . . . 37 Chapter 5: Aboveground . . . . . 78 Chapter 10: Run . . . . . . . . . 13 Chapter 3: Secrets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Chapter 18: Sustenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204 Chapter 21: Fog . . . .PART II Chapter 11: Wounds . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Chapter 13: Sanctuary . . . 188 Chapter 20: Water . . . . . . . . . . 151 Chapter 17: Doors . . . . . . . 125 Chapter 14: Ashes . . . . 137 Chapter 15: Counterclockwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219 . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Chapter 16: Puzzle . . . . . . 175 Chapter 19: Forest . . . 107 Chapter 12: Sand-snipers . . .
. . . . . . . . . 337 Chapter 32: The Goldfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305 Chapter 29: Markings . . . . . . . 323 Chapter 31: Okay . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229 Chapter 23: Weave . . . . . . . .PART III Chapter 22: Lacus . . . . 259 Chapter 25: Jump . . . . 314 Chapter 30: Hope . . . . . . 279 Chapter 27: Messages . . . . . 291 Chapter 28: Artifacts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241 Chapter 24: Gifts . . . . . . . 358 . . . . 345 Chapter 33: Reunion . 267 Chapter 26: Far Away . .
. . 463 Regional Map of Orbona . . . 415 Chapter 39: Ground . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 435 Chapter 41: Truth . . . . . . . . 382 Chapter 36: Breathless . . . . . . . . 441 Chapter 42: WondLa . . . 468 The Orbonian Alphabet . . . . . 470 Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 373 Chapter 35: Turnfins . . . . . . .PART IV Chapter 34: Great Migration . . . . . 400 Chapter 38: Ruins . . . . . . . . . 474 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 391 Chapter 37: Signal . . 426 Chapter 40: Darkness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 450 Epilogue . . . . . . . .
If you want them to be more intelligent. read them fairy taLes .If you want your children to be intelligent. — Albert Einstein . read them more fairy taLes .
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she felt the curdled coil of nausea wind its way up her throat from her stomach. va Nine . Sitting down on the prickly ground of dead brown pine needles and small cones.E CHAPTER 1: ALONE was dying. The tiny scarlet dots on her hand mirrored the glowering eyes of the snake that had just bitten her. She dropped the sweaty handful of moss that she had scooped up from the forest floor.
Eva’s heart pounded. like a magnifying glass. sunning itself in the fading light. interrupting the hectic meter of her breathing. and the surrounding area was blanketed in ashen puff-patches of reindeer moss.” her Omnipod had instructed her earlier in its chirpy voice. 4 . She swallowed. “Find a flammable substance such as dry twigs or moss to begin your fire. The shoulder patch on her tunic blinked off and on in warning. with a small circular hole in the middle of it that resembled an eye.t on y d ite r Li zz i “Kindling. with trembling hands. as if trying to escape her chest. “This is Eva Nine. um. . She put the device to her forehead. .” Eva closed her eyes and concentrated. mottled snake just next to her. She’d realized too late. As she had knelt down to gather a clump. . The handheld metallic device was flat. as if the Omnipod would whisper to her brain the command she needed. though. to avoid its bite.” she whispered into the Omnipod. I-M . . Now. she fumbled through her dingy satchel to retrieve her Omnipod. “Initiate I-M .” The large gathering of boulders Eva had found had seemed like the perfect place to make a shelter for the night. Eva had realized there was a rust-colored.
she could no longer focus on the terrain around her. ready to leap out. “Is this an emergency?” “Yes! I need help right away!” Eva yelled at the Omnipod. “What is the nature of your emergency?” “S-snake bite. “I need you to initiate Independent Medical—” “Do you mean Individual Medical Assistance? IMA for short?” the Omnipod corrected her. . please. Initiating Identicapture. . Her breathing slowed. “Yes.” Her hands shook. “Hold. Eva fell back. . um . How can I be of service?” the device chirped. Her eyes rolled up into her head. like a slain giant collapsing in a 5 .” Through glassy eyes Eva scanned her immediate area.” Eva watched as three tiny lights on the Omnipod flickered in a rhythm around its central eye. let alone find a snake disguised as the forest floor. The nausea lurked just under her tongue. She let the Omnipod slip from her fingers.T he S earch for W ondL a “Greetings. licking her dry lips and trying to hold her insides in. We need to determine if it is a poisonous species or not. Eva Nine. “I .” she answered. . “Begin Identicapture of said snake.” Eva said with a gulp.
“Eva Nine. Eva could also hear the slightest bit of static hidden in the dulcet intonation. she examined the tuft of moss in her hand. “Please begin Identicapture. “Eva. “Dead. She looked up at the fading light of the cobalt blue sky. Eva. please—” 6 . How does such an insignificant plant survive in a big world? she wondered. Eva cracked open her pale green eyes into little slits.” A voice from the heavens echoed through the landscape. She saw that the delicate network of stalks really did make it look like a shrunken tree.” the voice said.” The girl rolled onto her side. I’m totally dead. albeit a washed-out lifeless one. What is its purpose? What is my purpose? “Eva.” urged the voice.” All Eva could whisper was.t on y d ite r Li zz i miniature forest of moss. Lying on the forest floor. dear. The pine trees seemed to whisper the girl’s name as the cool of evening blew in. Somewhere in the distance a whip-poor-will beckoned the night. Just like in an old moving picture. Her Omnipod lay alongside her as it repeated. like the sort she’d heard coming from a beautiful woman in an old movie. please get up. It was a kind and graceful voice. “get up.
Eva said nothing. A warm hand brushed Eva’s half-braided dirtyblond hair. “You were not paying attention. At last Eva stood up. The clump of moss in her hands vanished. like a fish in a fishbowl. Two dark orbs. “It’s not like you have to worry about that. “Eva. Large automated 7 .” the voice said with a sigh.T he S earch for W ondL a “I’m dead. We shall try it again tomorrow. Eva curled up into a ball. reflected Eva’s own face in a distorted fashion. “Or couldn’t you tell? I’m gone.” Still curled in a ball. The voice was right next to her now. what happened?” “Leave me alone. shutting her eyes as the world around her also evaporated into nothingness. had you done a simple LifeScan sweep. All right?” said the voice. I have to mark you as a failure on this particular survival skill test.” she muttered. It was right there in plain view.” Eva announced to the sky. Deeeaaaaad!” She turned her attention back to the little moss tree and pouted. “You had a ninety-eight percent chance of discovering the snake. dissipating into a cloud of light motes. emitting an amber glow from deep within. No more. Emptiness.” the ball replied. Deceased. “Of course.
That can have quite an effect on your performance. rubbed Eva’s shoulders in a reassuring fashion. small and unblinking.” Eva shrugged the robot off. Muthr. Though the chamber was only dimly lit. 8 . “I noted that you did not rest a full ten hours last night. Several other eyes. Four wiry fingers. which indicates that you may not have achieved enough REM sleep. Eva?” the automated lips mimed. “What is going on with you. studied the girl. Is everything all right?” One of the robot’s telescoping arms extended from a carousel of several additional arms folded up around the cylindrical torso. A brain that was contained in two metallic canisters mounted on the back of a head—the front of which displayed a mechanized silicone-rubber face. recording endless data and sending it to a computerized brain. “This test should have been effortless for you to pass. also tipped in silicone rubber. “How is your concentration?” the robot asked.” She crossed the wide squarish white room and headed for the low doorway. “I need to be alone.” “Not now. Buff-colored rubbery floor tiles absorbed the sound of her plodding footsteps.t on y d ite r Li zz i eyelids clicked open and closed in a lifelike manner.
Sanctuary. Eva sulked as she shuffled into the main hub of her living quarters. displaying a magnificent vista in the round—though one projection was not working properly and flickered into a corresponding nighttime scene. filling the vestibule with ambient sounds coinciding with the scenery. and songbirds sang. except for the human girl and the pale blue robot. Cottony clouds drifted aimlessly across a brilliant azure sky over distant lavender mountains. stomping across the hub toward the far window. Its words reverberated throughout the octagonal chamber. a pastoral scene was projected onto them in vivid detail. . “Welcome back. ruining the illusion. The cast image crackled when the girl 9 . This gave the effect that the entire hub was like a grand outdoor gazebo.T he S earch for W ondL a there was still enough light coming from the holoprojectors mounted around the ceiling to show that the room itself was empty of anything .” The intercom spoke in a relaxed tone. Projected on it was a spectacular view of a misty waterfall cascading down from a colossal mountaintop. Please open bedroom doors. Eva Nine. “How may I help you?” Water trickled in a distant stream. . When the large doors to the holography chamber slid shut behind her.” Eva said. “Hi.
Eva stared up at the myriad of pipes and exhaust shafts that wound through her white ceiling. “Eva. I’ll put it away later. how can you expect to pass your training if you do not take care of your things?” “Muthr!” Eva continued staring up at the stained ceiling. rolling into her room balanced on a single tread-worn wheel. please. “Close doors. like large ochre flowers blooming from the pipes.” Eva flung her jackvest onto her medi-seat. Eva rubbed the raised round mole on the nape of her neck. There were water stains on the corner ceiling tiles of the small room. With her hands behind her head. dear. One of the overhead lights flickered in an annoying. refusing to look Muthr in the eye. erratic tempo. into the open doors of her dimly lit bedroom. you forgot your equipment satchel and Omnipod back in the holo-chamber. Her eyelids drooped.t on y d ite r Li zz i passed through it. The warmth of her electric bed permeated through her tunic in a comfy sort of way. “Honestly. “Just leave it. as through a holographic curtain.” 10 . and she had begun to doze off when her bedroom doors slid back open. She sat down on the edge of her foam bed and kicked off her sneakboots. As she flopped back onto the oval mattress.” Muthr said.
T he S earch for W ondL a The robot picked Eva’s dingy jackvest up from the chair. Muthr.” Muthr said. Eva. After Muthr rolled out of the room. I just want to be alone for a while. “Dinner is at eighteen hundred hours.” Eva barked at the ceiling. Muthr hung the jackvest on the empty row of coat hooks lining the wall. the doors slid shut behind her. dirty clothes. and electra-papers that were strewn about the room. 11 . “Put it away as you have done with the rest of your belongings? I sometimes wonder—” “Please. Eva reached under her head and grabbed her pillow. she screamed. Please be timely. The discarded garment had been perfectly hidden among the stuffed toys. As she squeezed it over her face.
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