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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 is a unique science fiction book about a dystopian society. It is a really fun and engaging novel! ( )
  kfalls1 | Dec 3, 2018 |
Lina and Doon have reached the day they've been waiting for their whole life, Assignment Day. This is the day where they are given jobs for the next 3 years of their lives. They leave school and speed home to tell their family's of the news. They begin the next day. Lina, a messenger, and Doon, a pipe worker. Doon enjoys this because he knows that's where the generator is that controls the lights. Lina loves her job because she loves to run and explore Ember. Until one day, they discover the mayor has been stealing and hiding supplies away. They tell the police. Later, they discover that, in the pipe works, there is a way out. They leave a note, telling that anyone who finds it will be able to leave too. Then, they threw it into the river. Eventually someone was walking when out of nowhere, a thunk. They saw the paper and slowly unraveled it. And that's where it ends.

I gave it a 4 because I loved the book. It was long and a bit uninteresting up until the end. But, other than that, it was really well written. And i really enjoyed it. My favorite part was most likely the part where Lina and Doon finally find a way out and are free from the struggles of Ember. My least favorite part was most likely the fact that they killed off a character. Lina Mayfleet's grandmother. Who, although minor, was a sweet, caring, and loving person. ( )
  MadalynM.B4 | Oct 24, 2018 |
I'm not really the target audience for this book, but I very much enjoyed the story and I am looking forward to reading more. I didn't care for the style of writing here. The characters feel very naive - far more so than I find believable at their age. The revelations were overly drawn out and overly explained, as if the author didn't quite trust the audience to be able to pick up on anything that wasn't spelled out at length. The style wasn't enough to make me put the book down, but it was enough to detract from the reading experience for me. ( )
  duchessjlh | Jul 26, 2018 |
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 |
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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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