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The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
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The City of Ember

by Jeanne DuPrau

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This book was incredible! It really made me think about what it would be like to never see the sun since the sun is such a critical part of my life and everyday living her in Tucson. I loved the adventure in this story and I think would be able to talk a lot about how to keep the world to getting to how it is in this book.
  Madison_DeWeerdt | Dec 9, 2014 |
I found this book to be very interesting. It is about a city that was created underground because the world above ground had been through radiation. But now the city underground is collapsing due to overuse and the people have to travel up or else they will die. This is a book of adventure and curiosity. I would recommend this book to sixth graders. ( )
  KristinHopwood | Nov 29, 2014 |
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 |
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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.
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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

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:37:07 -0400)

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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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