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The city of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

The city of Ember (edition 2003)

by Jeanne DuPrau

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Title:The city of Ember
Authors:Jeanne DuPrau
Info:New York : Random House, c2003.
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The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

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Lina, regretfully, draws the job of Pipeworks laborer, definitely not the job she wanted. Doon, regretfully, draws the job messenger, definitely not the job he wanted. Doon asks Lina to trade because underground is where the generator is, and he thinks he can fix it. The city lights have kept the darkness away for forever, but now the lights are starting to flicker. Lina finds fragments of a map that leads out of the city, but is unsure about if there is anything beyond the city. Lina and Doon set out to find out where this map leads.
This book starts off a bit slow. I remember reading this book in sixth grade and wanting to know how it ended but wishing it would move along a bit faster. Teachers can have students compare and contrast this book with other dystopian society books. Students can also write about what they would do if they found fragments of a map like Lina did. ( )
  Katherine.Boykins | Apr 21, 2018 |
This is a story about a dystopian city, Ember, that is slowly running out of supplies and power. The builders of the city had left behind instructions for how to get out of Ember when the city started failing but that was over two hundred years ago and those instructions have been long forgotten. That is until Lina finds these instructions and begins piecing together the instructions for getting out of the city. She soon enlists the help of her friend Doon and together they set out on a mission to discover the way out of Ember and save everyone in the city. ( )
  gakers16 | Apr 17, 2018 |
Summary: After Lina finds a half-destroyed note from the creators of the City of Ember, she decides that it contains a clue to the way out of her broken and understocked community. After days of adventure, exploration and unexpected occurrences, Lina and Doon, two unlikely friends, become wrapped in solving the puzzle, ultimately finding the safe way out of the city.
  UkulelesThatRead | Apr 7, 2018 |
I think I may have read this before or maybe it was turned into a movie?
In the City of Ember at the conclusion of 8th Grade, you have to go to work to help keep the city running. You pull a slip of paper from a sack and that will be your job. Ember is a city in perpetual darkness, reliant on a river powered generator for electricity to keep the lights burning and huge storerooms of food to survive. The citizens were only supposed to be there for 200 years and then an exit would be shown to them but the map to it got lost and now, another 40 years on, food is running out , light bulbs are scarce and worse, the generator keep failing; plunging the city into complete darkness.
Doon and Lina have just chosen their jobs and decide to swap so they are happier. Doon becomes an engineer working near the generator and Lina becomes a messenger running from person to person as they have no phones to communicate. This sets them on the path to the mystery of what is happening in Ember and how to escape. ( )
1 vote nicsreads | Mar 12, 2018 |
Lina lives in the city of Ember, which is surrounded by absolute darkness and itself experiences the difference between day and night only because of the lightbulbs lighting the entire town. The people of Ember believe that they live in a city of endless bounty, but the supplies are running out, the mayor is corrupt, and the lights flicker more and more frequently. Lina, along with her friend Doon, believe that there is something more beyond the city and together - along with a mysterious set of instructions that have been long lost - set out to discover what they can discover.
I liked this one tons. I particularly loved the world (or rather, city)-building, and how DuPrau slowly and cleverly unfolds the mystery of what the city is and how it came to be. ( )
  electrascaife | Mar 7, 2018 |
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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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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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