I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I picked it up on a impulse at the library when the cover caught my attention, and upon reading the book summary and seeing the drool worthy illustrations that this book abounds with, I was caught hook, line, and sinker. But when I started to read it, now that is when the real magic happened.
Eva Nine is a twelve year old girl who was raised in a subterranean home called Sanctuary. Cared for, and raised, by a robot named Muthr. Eva Nine has known no other life, and has never met another human being, or any other life forms to be exact. When the Sanctuary is breached by Besteel, a renown hunter and tracker who aims to make Eva Nine his quarry, Eva Nine must flee to the surface. Pursued by Besteel, Eva Nine not only runs for her life, but also must face the unknown. Muthr taught Eva Nine about earth, and the species of animals and plants that inhabit it, but where Eva Nine finds herself can not be described as earth. Here trees walk, plants are carnivorous, and there are no other humans to be found. But there are odd species of animals that Eva Nine's handheld device can not identify, as well as alien life forms. Through events that take place, Eva Nine makes the acquaintance of some kind, if rather strange friends. Together they try to figure out what happened to the humans, and how Eva Nine came to be on this strange planet.
This book is intended for 4th to 6th graders, but it also contains some depth to it, so I feel that teenagers, and adults alike, would enjoy it. I actually thought that some of the scenes were a tad dark, but not necessary too dark for a younger audience. The illustrations are plentiful in this book, and really add a special element to the story.
This book takes its leave with a cliffhanger on the conclusion. I find myself wanting to read the second book in the series if just for the sake of finding out what happens next.
My Rating : ****