The Battle for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi Book Review

The Battle for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 6, 2014

In this third and final installment of the WondLa trilogy, Eva Nine has gone into hiding. Fearful of both the humans and the aliens hunting her, she is unsure who she can trust. After traveling to the ancient city ruins of New York City, Eva Nine begins to realize that her life and destiny on this future Earth are directly tied to what happens to the people on it, the people she has come to call family. With the help of her new family and a few unlikely allies, Eva sets about to change the destiny of all the species on Orbona and bring peace to a world in desperate need of it.

The WondLa series is a strange and wonderful trilogy. Set on a future Earth with alien species that seem straight out of a fantasy novel, DiTerlizzi weaves together a story full of heart. In this final book, DiTerlizzi seems to dwell a lot on what it truly means to be family and forgiveness through understanding. To be fair, Eva Nine's mother (Muthr) was a robot so it should be no surprise that she would consider an alien species to be her father. However, I truly loved how, despite the fact that she was almost killed by Zin and Cadmus in the first two books, she is able to forgive both of them and actively works with them to restore peace.

Eva Nine is such a great heroine, intelligent and always seeking answers. She is willing to put her life on the line. Of course, she is a child, and sometimes her trust is misplace and her decisions are not always wise, but DiTerlizzi gives her a great cast of supporting characters to help her along the way.

This is one of those books that does not lend itself well to audio as the illustrations are necessary to completely understanding the story. It isn't that DiTerlizzi does a bad job of description, but with so much alienness, the illustrations become integral to the storytelling. I originally listened to the first book and ended up rereading it afterward because there were a lot of things I missed, like the fact that Eva's mother's title is spelled Muthr.

All in all, a nice ending to the trilogy that left me satisfied and content.