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* {{Foil}}: Fittingly, [[TheHero Eva]] and [[BigBad Loroc]]. Eva believes "becoming one" means opening yourself to others because she wants a family and a home. Loroc takes the words to mean [[TheAssimilator assimilating]] everyone because he wants only power.



** "Orbona" comes from the Latin word for orphaned. A fitting rename for a planet where life (appeared to have) ended.

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** "Orbona" comes from the Latin word for orphaned. A fitting rename name for a planet where life [[spoiler:life (appeared to have) ended.]]


** [[spoiler:Cadmus is secretly building an army, with the help of Arius and Zin's brother Loroc.]]

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** [[spoiler:Cadmus is secretly building an army, with the help of Arius and Zin's brother brother, Loroc.]]


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* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:Loroc, praying on Cadmus' protectiveness of New Attica's people, convinced him to build a robot army to kill the aliens before they could eradicate the remnants of humanity. While the warbots attacked the royal capital Solas, Loroc programmed a fraction to raze New Attica, weakening both sides. Cadmus pays for his misjudgment, dying from injuries sustained in the attack.]]


* ArcWords: [=WondLa=], of course. The ending to ''Search'' reveals it's actually [[spoiler:The '''Wond'''erful Wizard of Oz, by '''L'''. Fr'''a'''nk Baum]]. take a backseat for much of ''Hero'', but then resurface when Eva Eight reveals [[spoiler:she had brought a book back to their sanctuary to read with her, but got into a heated argument with MUTHR about it, and left the book behind to decay into its signature form.]] As of ''Battle'' the significance of the word changes from a specific place than a metaphor for home, family, and eventually peace.

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* ArcWords: [=WondLa=], of course. The ending to ''Search'' reveals it's actually [[spoiler:The '''Wond'''erful Wizard of Oz, by '''L'''. Fr'''a'''nk Baum]]. take It takes a backseat for much of ''Hero'', but then resurface resurfaces when Eva Eight reveals [[spoiler:she had brought a book back to their sanctuary to read with her, but got into a heated argument with MUTHR about it, and left the book behind to decay into its signature form.]] As of ''Battle'' the significance of the word changes from a specific place than a metaphor for home, family, and eventually peace.


* EarthAllAlong: At first, inverted; [[spoiler:Eva has been led to believe that the planet she's on is an abandoned and far-evolved Earth. When Rovender hears the planet's name, however, he chuckles and tells her and MUTHR that they're on a different planet entirely, named Orbana.]] Then, when the final act comes to a close, [[spoiler:[[DoubleSubversion it's revealed that]] Orbana ''is'' Earth, and that Eva's first presumption was also correct.]]

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* EarthAllAlong: At first, inverted; [[spoiler:Eva has been led to believe that the planet she's on is an abandoned and far-evolved Earth. When Rovender hears the planet's name, however, he chuckles and tells her and MUTHR that they're on a different planet entirely, named Orbana.Orbona.]] Then, when the final act comes to a close, [[spoiler:[[DoubleSubversion it's revealed that]] Orbana Orbona ''is'' Earth, and that Eva's first presumption was also correct.]]



* MeaningfulName:
** "Orbona" comes from the Latin word for orphaned. A fitting rename for a planet where life (appeared to have) ended.
** The [[ColourfulThemeNaming Cærulean]] aliens have blue skin.
** Huxley the jolly AcePilot belongs to the ''Mirth''ian race.



** [[spoiler:Orbana is not an alien planet. It is Earth, recolonized by alien settlers millennia after itís destruction.]]

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** [[spoiler:Orbana [[spoiler:Orbona is not an alien planet. It is Earth, recolonized by alien settlers millennia after itís destruction.]]


* ArcWords: [=WondLa=], of course. The ending to ''Search'' reveals it's actually [[spoiler:The '''Wond'''erful Wizard of Oz, by '''L'''. Fr'''a'''nk Baum]]. The words take a backseat for much of Hero, but then resurface when Eva Eight reveals [[spoiler:she had brought a book back to their sanctuary to read with her, but got into a heated argument with MUTHR about it, and left the book behind to decay into its signature form.]]

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* ArcWords: [=WondLa=], of course. The ending to ''Search'' reveals it's actually [[spoiler:The '''Wond'''erful Wizard of Oz, by '''L'''. Fr'''a'''nk Baum]]. The words take a backseat for much of Hero, ''Hero'', but then resurface when Eva Eight reveals [[spoiler:she had brought a book back to their sanctuary to read with her, but got into a heated argument with MUTHR about it, and left the book behind to decay into its signature form.]]]] As of ''Battle'' the significance of the word changes from a specific place than a metaphor for home, family, and eventually peace.


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* FutureSlang: The people of New Attica use this freely, e.g. "short-out" for idiot, "rocket" for awesome, and "wait a nano" for wait a minute.


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* ThemeNaming: Test tube babies, aka "reboots," like Eva Nine, are all named either Eva for girls or Evan for boys. [[spoiler:This is because EVA stands for [[FunWithAcronyms Earth in Vitro Alpha]].]]


* AfterTheEnd: [[spoiler:Humanity has mostly died out thanks to climate change. In its place, an alien kingdom has moved to the planet and made it their own, with the one exception of Cadmus' settlement in the desert out west.]]



* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Orbana is not an alien planet. It is Earth, recolonized by alien settlers millennia after itís destruction.]]

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* TheReveal: TheReveal:
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[[spoiler:Orbana is not an alien planet. It is Earth, recolonized by alien settlers millennia after itís destruction.]]
** [[spoiler:Cadmus is secretly building an army, with the help of Arius and Zin's brother Loroc.
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* TimeSkip: During the epilogue, the story skips seven years to show Eva in her late teens. Then, the story skips around three hundred years.


* AffectionateNickname: Eva starts calling Rovender "Rovee" after getting to know him.
* TheAloner: Eva after chapter 4 of ''Search'', where she is made to survive above ground by herself.
* AntiHero: Eva Eight from ''Hero''. Sure, she alerts Eva to a major threat in [[spoiler:Cadmus' Orwellian settlement]] and helps Eva escape from it, but she also [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead badmouths MUTHR]], suggests ditching Rovender (who has by this point grown to be one of Eva's TrueCompanions), and [[spoiler:only wants to get her hands on the main life-generator to spite Cadmus, the latter of which is brought up as a specific example of NotSoDifferent when she's confronted on it.]]



* AwesomeMccoolname: Rovender Kitt.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Eva's one desire at the start of ''Search'' is to explore the outside world. She gets her wish when the Sanctuary is destroyed and she ''has'' to escape to the outside world.
* BerserkButton: Rovender does ''not'' take being compared to [[TheDreaded Besteel]] very kindly.
* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler:Otto at the end of ''Search''. [[TheBusCameBack He returns]] in ''Hero'', though.]]
* ColdSniper: Besteel, the marauder responsible for destroying Eva's sanctuary, uses a long-range beamrod as his weapon of choice, often from long distances. He's also a complete jerk, even with [[spoiler:his FreudianExcuse of wanting to free his brother.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Besteel's fate at the end of ''Search'' is to be [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath eaten alive by sand scratchers and dragged underground.]]]]



* TheDrifter: Rovender. He mentions having traveled up and down the continent, yet claims early on that his home is "far from here." 'Here', in this case, meaning the forest Eva meets him in.
* TheEmpath: Once outside her Sanctuary, Eva discovers she has the ability to feel the emotions of creatures and {{Planimal}}s, and communicate with them. Although it's painted as {{telepathy}}, Eva describes it not as speaking, but "feeling very hard."



* FishOutOfWater:
** Eva at first, when her Omnipod proves close to useless in identifying literally anything about the outside world. [[spoiler:'''MUTHR''' takes this role too when Eva manages to convince the Sanctuary to let her exit.]]
** Eva takes the role again in the second book, where she finally [[spoiler:meets other humans, but doesn't form a human connection with any of them due to the other humans not believing her stories (which we know to be true).]]
* FunWithAcronyms: '''MUTHR''' = '''M'''ulti-'''U'''tility '''T'''ask '''H'''elp '''R'''obot.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Muthr takes an energy blast from Besteelís boom rod [[MamaBear meant for Eva]].]]
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Eva forms one with Rovender. [[KidHero Eva]] is twelve, while Rovender is "almost eight trilustralis," or at the very least old enough to have had a family.
* [[TheLastOfHisKind The Last Of Her Kind]]: [[spoiler:Subverted. Eva is set up to be the last known human in existence, but another one shows up at the end of the first book.]]
* TheLostLenore: While never discussed in depth [[spoiler:until the second book]], a passage early on all but states it (and OutlivingOnesOffspring) happened to Rovender.
-->"Do you have a family back home, Rovender?"\\
"A family?" He took a drink, [[DrowningMySorrows swallowing audibly.]] "No family. Not anymore." Rovender's voice sounded distant. Lonely.
* MagicalComputer: Eva's Omnipod, which is sort of like what you'd get if you gave Siri her own independent device and heavily upgraded her abilities. Too bad it's damn near useless outside of the Sanctuary.
* MeaningfulName: The [[ColourfulThemeNaming Cærulean]] aliens have blue skin.
* MrExposition: Rovender is set up to be one, but [[SubvertedTrope doesn't actually give much exposition in the story proper, meaning Eva has to find out everything for herself.]]
* OneSteveLimit: Eva Nine is the main character, but Eva Eight becomes a major character in ''Hero''. To get around this, the former is referred to simply as "Eva", while the latter as "[[YouAreNumberSix Eight]]".



* RaisedByRobots: True to her name, Muthr is Eva's mother in all but blood. Although they may not always see eye-to-eye, Eva loves her very much and vice versa.



* WalkingTheEarth: Rovender has taken to a nomadic lifestyle as a means of cleansing his grief over losing his mate and child.



* YouAreNumberSix: The closest our heroine has to a last name is "Nine". [[spoiler:It is not until the second book that Eva learns she is the ninth Eva from of brood of test tube babies.]]


* AntiHero: Eva Eight from ''Hero''. Sure, she alerts Eva to a major threat in [[spoiler:Cadmus' Orwellian settlement]] and helps Eva escape from it, but she also [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead badmouths MUTHR]], suggests ditching Rovender (who has by this point grown to be one of Eva's TrueCompanions), and [[spoiler:only wants to get her hands on the main life-generator so she can keep it out of Cadmus' hands, which is brought up as a specific example of NotSoDifferent when she's confronted on it.]]

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* AntiHero: Eva Eight from ''Hero''. Sure, she alerts Eva to a major threat in [[spoiler:Cadmus' Orwellian settlement]] and helps Eva escape from it, but she also [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead badmouths MUTHR]], suggests ditching Rovender (who has by this point grown to be one of Eva's TrueCompanions), and [[spoiler:only wants to get her hands on the main life-generator so she can keep it out to spite Cadmus, the latter of Cadmus' hands, which is brought up as a specific example of NotSoDifferent when she's confronted on it.]]



* DistantFinale: [[spoiler:''Battle'' gets 3, each a hundred years after the last one.]]



* EarthAllAlong: At first, inverted; [[spoiler:Eva has been led to believe that the planet she's on is an abandoned and far-evolved Earth. When Rovender hears the planet's name, however, he chuckles and tells her and MUTHR that they're on a different planet entirely, named Orbana.]] Then, when the final act comes to a close, [[spoiler:it's revealed that Orbana ''is'' Earth, and that Eva's first presumption was also correct.]]
* FishOutOfWater: Eva at first, when her Omnipod proves close to useless in identifying literally anything about the outside world. [[spoiler:'''MUTHR''' takes this role too when Eva manages to convince the Sanctuary to let her exit.]]

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* EarthAllAlong: At first, inverted; [[spoiler:Eva has been led to believe that the planet she's on is an abandoned and far-evolved Earth. When Rovender hears the planet's name, however, he chuckles and tells her and MUTHR that they're on a different planet entirely, named Orbana.]] Then, when the final act comes to a close, [[spoiler:it's [[spoiler:[[DoubleSubversion it's revealed that that]] Orbana ''is'' Earth, and that Eva's first presumption was also correct.]]
* FishOutOfWater: FishOutOfWater:
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Eva at first, when her Omnipod proves close to useless in identifying literally anything about the outside world. [[spoiler:'''MUTHR''' takes this role too when Eva manages to convince the Sanctuary to let her exit.]]
** Eva takes the role again in the second book, where she finally [[spoiler:meets other humans, but doesn't form a human connection with any of them due to the other humans not believing her stories (which we know to be true).
]]



* TheLostLenore: While never discussed in depth, it's implied this could be the case for Rovender.

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* TheLostLenore: While never discussed in depth, it's implied this could be depth [[spoiler:until the case for second book]], a passage early on all but states it (and OutlivingOnesOffspring) happened to Rovender.

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* ShoutOut: [[Film/{{Zardoz}} The seemingly-nonsensical title of a post-apocalyptic tale turns out to be]] [[spoiler: a corruption of ''The Wizard of Oz''.]]

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* WhiteAndGreyMorality: In the first book. Eva and MUTHR are well-intentioned, but unfamiliar with the world. Rovender is a touch more world-weary and sometimes frustrated with Eva's naivete. Besteel is only really hunting Eva to free his brother, and the other aliens who are hostile to Eva are only really going about their jobs.


* ArcWords: [=WondLa=], of course. It's actually [[spoiler:The '''Wond'''erful Wizard of Oz, by '''L'''. Fr'''a'''nk Baum]]

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* ArcWords: [=WondLa=], of course. It's The ending to ''Search'' reveals it's actually [[spoiler:The '''Wond'''erful Wizard of Oz, by '''L'''. Fr'''a'''nk Baum]]Baum]]. The words take a backseat for much of Hero, but then resurface when Eva Eight reveals [[spoiler:she had brought a book back to their sanctuary to read with her, but got into a heated argument with MUTHR about it, and left the book behind to decay into its signature form.]]



* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Besteel's fate at the end of ''Search'' is to be [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath eaten alive by sand scratchers and dragged underground.]]]]



** Chapter 4 of ''Search'', aptly titled "Boom", in which [[spoiler:the Sanctuary gets destroyed and Eva is forced to abandon MUTHR and flee to above ground.]]
** Chapter 16 of ''Search'', "Puzzle", is when [[spoiler:Eva first learns that the planet she's on isn't Earth, but rather an alien planet named "Orbana".]]

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** Chapter 4 Chapters 38-41 of ''Search'', aptly titled "Boom", in which [[spoiler:the Sanctuary gets destroyed ''Search''. [[spoiler:Besteel comes back to capture Eva, almost kills her, and ''does'' kill MUTHR. Then Eva is forced uses her Omnipod to abandon MUTHR summon sand-scratchers and flee kill Besteel. Otto leaves to above ground.]]
** Chapter 16 of ''Search'', "Puzzle", is when [[spoiler:Eva first learns that
rejoin his herd... and then the planet she's on isn't Earth, but rather an alien planet named "Orbana".WhamLine below is shown.]]



* WhamLine: "Eva Nine was dying." ''That's the first line of the series.'' [[spoiler:It falls victim to MoodWhiplash when it's revealed to be part of a virtual reality survival exercise.]]

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* WhamLine: "Eva Nine was dying." ''That's ''Search'' has two that manage to undo each other.
** Rovender Kitt drops one at
the first line end of Chapter 16, "Puzzle".
-->"Why are you laughing?" Asked Eva.\\
Rovender's smile disappeared. "[[spoiler:You are not this planet you call 'Earth', Eva Nine. You are on a planet named Orbona.]]
** Then
the series.'' [[spoiler:It falls victim to MoodWhiplash when it's revealed to be part end of a virtual reality survival exercise.]]Chapter 41, "Truth", we get TheReveal...
-->[[spoiler:'''NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY''']]


* ArcWords: [=WondLa=], of course.

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* ArcWords: [=WondLa=], of course. It's actually [[spoiler:The '''Wond'''erful Wizard of Oz, by '''L'''. Fr'''a'''nk Baum]]

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* ActionizedSequel: Compared to ''Search'', ''A Hero for [=WondLa=]'' has more combat scenes, and is significantly darker. Heck, a good chunk of Part II is one long action scene divided neatly into chapters.


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* AntiHero: Eva Eight from ''Hero''. Sure, she alerts Eva to a major threat in [[spoiler:Cadmus' Orwellian settlement]] and helps Eva escape from it, but she also [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead badmouths MUTHR]], suggests ditching Rovender (who has by this point grown to be one of Eva's TrueCompanions), and [[spoiler:only wants to get her hands on the main life-generator so she can keep it out of Cadmus' hands, which is brought up as a specific example of NotSoDifferent when she's confronted on it.]]


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* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler:Otto at the end of ''Search''. [[TheBusCameBack He returns]] in ''Hero'', though.]]
* ColdSniper: Besteel, the marauder responsible for destroying Eva's sanctuary, uses a long-range beamrod as his weapon of choice, often from long distances. He's also a complete jerk, even with [[spoiler:his FreudianExcuse of wanting to free his brother.]]


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* FishOutOfWater: Eva at first, when her Omnipod proves close to useless in identifying literally anything about the outside world. [[spoiler:'''MUTHR''' takes this role too when Eva manages to convince the Sanctuary to let her exit.]]


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* MrExposition: Rovender is set up to be one, but [[SubvertedTrope doesn't actually give much exposition in the story proper, meaning Eva has to find out everything for herself.]]
* OneSteveLimit: Eva Nine is the main character, but Eva Eight becomes a major character in ''Hero''. To get around this, the former is referred to simply as "Eva", while the latter as "[[YouAreNumberSix Eight]]".

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