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The People of Sparks

by Jeanne DuPrau

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This book is about what happneds when the citizens of ember leave the dying city. This is the second book of the series of books that follow after the first book (the City of Ember). In the book we still follow the same protagonist Lina Mayfleet. When the people of ember leave the underground postapoclyptic city they find themsleves in a strange new world. Eventually Lina leads her people to a village. The name of this village is sparks. Later on in the book tensions rise and the people of sparks and the citizens of ember confront in conflict.

I liked this book. Im this book it had elements of danger, adventure, rebellion, and action. One thing I didn't like was all the drama I thought it was a bit to much. I liked how the citizens of ember manged to make weapons out of towel racks. Later when Lina learned about bikes was cool because she loved the bike more than running. That was slightly dramtic yet still interesting. This is why i liked this book.
  GarrettE1.B4 | May 29, 2014 |
Kind of slow-ish at times, but still well written. Also, a very Pioneer/West feel...which is usually a bit of a turn-off for me, but that's just my weird hang up. I cared enough about the characters by this point to hang with it, anyway, and the end was enough payoff to make it worthwhile. Predictable, but still a nice message.

Clean, interesting, and intelligent. On to #3! ( )
  fefferbooks | May 12, 2014 |
Despite its tendency to get preachy at times, and a little oversimplification (both of which are probably because this is a children's book), the novel itself is a good read. The plot draws you in and you can't help but worry about the occupants of Ember and what will happen next. There's a real dread when you first encounter Tick, for example (how aptly named), and you can suspect he's not really what he seems. It's a relatively quick read and good for a palate cleanser before returning to other, more difficult books. ( )
  liveshipvivacia | Apr 26, 2014 |
Despite its tendency to get preachy at times, and a little oversimplification (both of which are probably because this is a children's book), the novel itself is a good read. The plot draws you in and you can't help but worry about the occupants of Ember and what will happen next. There's a real dread when you first encounter Tick, for example (how aptly named), and you can suspect he's not really what he seems. It's a relatively quick read and good for a palate cleanser before returning to other, more difficult books. ( )
  liveshipvivacia | Apr 26, 2014 |
Book 2 in the series. The people from the City of Ember have emerged into the world of light and are faced with a whole new set of problems. Will the people of sparks be able to accept and help them or will fear and misunderstanding send them into a new war. ( )
  CharityBradford | Apr 1, 2014 |
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Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence,
and toughness multiplies toughness
in a descending spiral of destruction.

- Martin Luther King, Jr., "Strength to Love," 1963
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Torren was out at the edge of the cabbage field that day, the day the people came.
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When teenagers Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow lead their people up out of the Earth, fleeing their dying underground city of Ember, everything is new and a little frightening to the refugees--the sun and the moon, birds, trees, fire…and the people of Ember are strange to the 322 citizens of Sparks, one of the few towns on Earth to survive the time of The Disaster. How can they feed and house the 400 Emberites, the leaders of Sparks wonder, when they have just begun to be able to feed themselves comfortably? But if they don’t, these underground people with no survival skills will surely die in the wastelands. They take them in as best they can, but grumbling and bad feeling grows on both sides. Lina returns from a failed search for her persistent vision of a city of light to find the town, egged on by the power-hungry young thug Tick, once again at the point of war, forgetting how the Earth has been destroyed before. But Lina has seen the devastation left by The Disaster, and so she risks a brave move of reconciliation, and when Doon exposes Tick’s trickery, the two sides join as the new people of Sparks.

In this exciting and solidly constructed sequel to The City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau moves the story on entrancingly, bringing along her cast of characters from underground and adding new dimensions and relationships as the action escalates to a satisfying conclusion that still allows for further volumes in this fine fantasy. (Ages 10 to 14) --Patty Campbell

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Having escaped to the Unknown Regions, Lina and the others seek help from the village people of Sparks.

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