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The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

The City of Ember

by Jeanne DuPrau

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What a delightfully imaginative story! I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator did such a wonderful job getting everyone's voices, and making the story really come alive.
I can't wait to read the rest of the series. ( )
  ariel.kirst | Nov 14, 2014 |
I enjoyed this entire series by DuPrau. Post-apocalyptic young adult fiction writers seem to be able to take a chance on unusual settings and people. ( )
  elizabeth.b.bevins | Nov 4, 2014 |
This is a wonderful read for students and adults that are intrigued by the idea of what would happen if the human race was nearly exterminated. It is full of adventure, discovery, and mystery. The underground city of Ember is facing a blackout. Can two brave kids find the escape route before the entire city is plunged in darkness and find the clues that unlock the secrets of their city?
  owinhofer | Nov 3, 2014 |

This book tells about the City of Ember, a city where they sky is always black and the only light comes from electric lights throughout the city. The books main characters are Lina and Doon, young teens who have just been assigned their new lifetime jobs in the city.
In the city of ember commodities are scarce, Color Pencils, for example, are a luxury and it is hard to find food like peaches. The citizens of the city of Ember are born, live and die, with in the city limits. No One dares venture further than the electric lights shine.
Thought following Lina Mayfleet at her new job we learn that the city is in trouble, Food is running out, and the electric generator that powers everything in the city keeps breaking.
Lina finds a hidden message in a box. She tries to show it to the mayor but he dismisses it so she shares it with Doon, a teen who works under the city doing pipe work. Together Doon and Lina decipher the message ( the message is hard to read because Lina's little sister ate half of it and ripped it apart) . The instructions lead the teens and Poppy out of Ember through a river and eventually we discover that ember is a city built hundreds of miles underground. humanity built it as a last result for survival hundreds of years ago. The city was stocked with all the amenities and populated by older couples who were given babies to raise with out knowledge of the world they left behind. The mayor of the city was supposed to lead them back when the time was right but the instructions were lost and everyone who knew the truth eventually died as planned so that no one knew of the world above. At the end of the book Lina and Doon drop a note with the instructions to come to the new world they have discovered.


I loved this book as a child and i love it as an adult as well. The book is filled with adventure and mystery. I really liked the way the author included the reader in deciphering the mysterious note by including pictures of it. It is a great way to engage the reader. I also like the way the book is written so that the reader has to make all the inferences from what is being said. For example, the author doesn't outright tell the reader that the city is trouble. She shows the reader through the many details she includes about scarcity and the feeling of fear when the lights go out. I also love the surprise ending. It brings all the pieces together really well. The author has wonderful story telling abilities. This story is original and full of adventure and fun. ( )
  ycinto1 | Oct 13, 2014 |
In the beginning of the City of Ember it tells you one problem that ember has. After the first problem there are more and more problems. Then Lina and Doon team up to try and escape Ember because Ember is running out of power. In the procces Lina finds out what happend to her dad. In the end Lina and Doon escape and send a note to tell the other people of Ember how to get out.
I loved the city of Ember because of how Lina and Doon have to solve all of these problems. First, the city is running out of power. Next, Lina's Grandmother dies. Then, the city's food supplies is running out. Then there are more problems that Lina and Doon have to answer. I think everyone will like to figure out what the message says in the back of the book. ( )
  JordanN.G1 | Oct 9, 2014 |
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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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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375822747, Paperback)

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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