Emilie and the Hollow World
, my YA fantasy, is out today in paperback and ebook.
This is the third book I finished back in 2009, during my career crash that lasted from around 2006-2007 to 2010. A career crash for a writer is kind of like if you had a job where you've been going in to work every day and everything seems fine. But then gradually, over time, you realize you've been fired, and they don't want you there and they aren't going to pay you and everyone you work with knows this. It's just that no one has told you.
The only solution to a career crash is to keep writing no matter how depressed and broke you are, so during 2007-2008 I wrote The Cloud Roads
. While it was making its two year round being rejected by all the publishers in the world, I wrote the sequel The Serpent Sea
and then tried a completely different direction with Emilie and the Hollow World
. So it really means a lot to finally see this last book from that period published, and thanks very much to Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot for taking a chance on me.
While running away from home for reasons that are eminently defensible, Emilie's plans to stow away on the steamship Merry Bell and reach her cousin in the big city go awry, landing her on the wrong ship and at the beginning of a fantastic adventure. Taken under the protection of Lady Marlende, Emilie learns that the crew hopes to use the aether currents and an experimental engine, and with the assistance of Lord Engal, journey to the interior of the planet in search of Marlende's missing father. With the ship damaged on arrival, they attempt to traverse the strange lands on their quest. But when evidence points to sabotage and they encounter the treacherous Lord Ivers, along with the strange races of the sea-lands, Emilie has to make some challenging decisions and take daring action if they are ever to reach the surface world again.
"A rollicking adventure yarn with plenty of heart - Emilie & the Hollow World shouldn't be missed."
-USA Today bestselling author Ann Aguirre
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.
Martha Wells' Emilie and the Hollow World is a lovely little adventure story that brings a modern sensibility to a classic pulp trope, re-enlivening and re-envisioning it for a contemporary audience. The hollow world, the accidental stowaway, steamships, airships, the gentleman or gentlewoman adventurer--these are elements that would be at home in a story told in the thirties. The clever and competent young heroine on the other hand--well that's another story entirely, and one that Martha Wells handles beautifully. Unlike those thirties pulps, this a book you wouldn't be embarrassed to give a thirteen year old soccer player who can't see any reason she won't grow up to be a physicist and the next president of the United States. Deft writing and consummate storytelling make a classic story fresh again for a new audience. All in all, Emilie and the Hollow World is a ripping yarn for a modern audience.
-Kelly McCullough, author of the WebMage and Fallen Blade series as well as the forthcoming YA School For Sidekicks: The Totally Secret Origin of Foxman Jr.
The first chapter is online here
, and it's available at:
Paperback: Barnes and Noble
, Chapters Indigo
, Mysterious Galaxy
, The Tattered Cover
, Book Depository.com
, Book Depository UK
, Waterstones UK
, Amazon UK
eBook: Barnes and Noble NookBook
, Kindle US
, Kindle Germany
, Kindle France
, Kindle Spain
, Kindle Italy
, and DRM-free at The Robot Trading Company