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The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

The City of Ember

by Jeanne DuPrau

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While the story concept was very interesting, I thought the execution was clumsy and the pacing worse. After it is fully revealed that the protagonist lives in a dystopic underground community, the story bogs down in trying to decipher the cryptic message from the Builders, and the ending too abrupt. Overall, I just wished I had checked the age recommendation before starting. This could have been done so much better – like “The Giver” by Lois Lowry, which I would recommend for any reader. ( )
  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
Genre: Science Fiction
Review: "The City of Ember" follows 12-year-old Lina as she learns secrets about her city, Ember. The lights are starting to fail and she has heard that they are starting to run out of resources. One day, she comes home to her baby sister chewing on "The Instructions," a guide on how to leave the underground city. She works with her friend Doon to decipher the instructions and leave the city. I thought that this book was a good example of a science fiction book because something like this would not be feasible in the real world, but everything that happens is explained in the book using rational thought. I thought this was a good book to explore a dystopian society.
Uses: This book would be good to use to identify themes in the book and to compare characters- how is Doon different than Lina, how are they similar, etc.
Media for cover: Digital ( )
  jbohall14 | Apr 14, 2016 |
Review: This book is about a twelve year girl in a town under the ground. The community does not know that they are underground but two of the kids in this book believe that their is another way out of their dying city and they are determined to find it.

Uses: I would use this as an introduction into chapter books for kids that don't like other genres. I believe that it is a great example of science fiction and I could use it as one of the books in a science fiction unit.

Genre: Science Fiction- This book fits into the science fiction genre because it is an imagine future world that has not happened. The world in this book has gone through an extreme disaster and the city of ember is a community underground, though the members of the town do not know that they are underground.

Media: None
  swallace14 | Apr 14, 2016 |
This novel tells the story of a town that was built underground after some horrible event that happened on earth. The instructions of what to do after the supplies run out are lost, but Lina finds them and assembles them with her friend Doon. The Mayor names them as public enemies and Lina her little sister and Doon have to escape following the instructions they found, learning how the city of Ember was created and realize for the first time their city is underground.

Media: none

Uses: -good introduction science fiction novels and post apocalyptic literature
-I don't think this novel would be very good to have in an elementary classroom because I think the subject could be a little too difficult for those students to understand and they may also find it upsetting
  asukonik | Apr 11, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this book and am very eager to get the 2nd book and get started on it. I liked that it was so different from other dystopian novels, but had the similarities that make the genre so intriguing. We still have younger kids trying to save their world, but in this novel it's not as in your face life or death as in some others I've read. I also loved the way the author was able to describe things as if she didn't know what they were (from the character's perspective) so eloquently even though she obviously does know what things are in our world. I definitely recommend this book, even for older readers, though it's considered a middle grade book. ( )
  MynTop | Apr 8, 2016 |
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While a book like ''Faerie Wars'' diverts young readers from their daily lives, one like ''The City of Ember'' encourages them to tackle the most ambitious tasks. Hard work can save the day, it promises. It's an old-fashioned lesson that is somehow easier to swallow when delivered in a futuristic setting.

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Jeanne DuPrauprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Riely, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Verhulst, WillemTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When the city of Ember was just built and not yet inhabited, the chief builder and the assistant builder, both of them weary, sat down to speak of the future.
In the city of Ember, the sky was always dark. The only light came from great floodlamps mounted on the buildings and at the top of poles in the middle of the larger squares.
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It is always night in the city of Ember. But there is no moon, no stars. The only light during the regular twelve hours of "day" comes from floodlamps that cast a yellowish glow over the streets of the city. Beyond are the pitch-black Unknown Regions, which no one has ever explored because an understanding of fire and electricity has been lost, and with it the idea of a Moveable Light. "Besides," they tell each other, "there is nowhere but here" Among the many other things the people of Ember have forgotten is their past and a direction for their future. For 250 years they have lived pleasantly, because there has been plenty of everything in the vast storerooms. But now there are more and more empty shelves--and more and more times when the lights flicker and go out, leaving them in terrifying blackness for long minutes. What will happen when the generator finally fails?

Twelve-year-old Doon Harrow and Lina Mayfleet seem to be the only people who are worried. They have just been assigned their life jobs--Lina as a messenger, which leads her to knowledge of some unsettling secrets, and Doon as a Pipeworker, repairing the plumbing in the tunnels under the city where a river roars through the darkness. But when Lina finds a very old paper with enigmatic "Instructions for Egress," they use the advantages of their jobs to begin to puzzle out the frightening and dangerous way to the city of light of which Lina has dreamed. As they set out on their mission, the haunting setting and breathless action of this stunning first novel will have teens clamoring for a sequel. (Ages 10 to 14) --Patty Campbell

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In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

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