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The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau

The Diamond of Darkhold (2008)

by Jeanne DuPrau

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Winter is proving to be the season of discontent in the city of Sparks. Since the citizens of Sparks took in the citizens of Ember, rations in that area have lessened and all the people are suffering from hunger and illness. Doon and Lina are convinced they might be able to do something to help all the people, but this includes a trip back to the city of Ember. Their decision to return to Ember is made firm, when a roamer comes to town, bearing a book that includes a note, "To the people of Em...." ( )
  laurensx | Jul 18, 2013 |
okay ( )
  CyndiGoodgame | Jul 10, 2013 |
A surprisingly satisfying (if not wildly original) conclusion to the series. No worse than the first book but certainly not as good as [b:The People of Sparks|3467|The People of Sparks (Books of Ember, #2)|Jeanne DuPrau|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1320484882s/3467.jpg|2529035]. Engaging, interesting, and most importantly conclusive. I'm glad I finally got round to reading it. ( )
  drewsof | Jul 9, 2013 |
With spoilers, which should be gimmes for any adult reader.

Solar power is all well and good but what you need to start a society is information. Next time, print the damn book on sturdier, nonflammable, nonorganic material.
1 vote ljhliesl | May 21, 2013 |
It was quite like-able.
In this last (?) book of Ember we see that it's very hard to cope with winter, and how Lina and Doon look back to what they had. Then things happen and they end up needing to go to Ember so they can help the people of Sparks (and the Emberites too).
Wasn't as good as the first two books, but it was quite good and the end was a good end, so you feel closure and that the story got somewhere. ( )
  littlesparrow | Apr 2, 2013 |
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Around the middle of the twenty-first century, when it seemed a great catastrophe was about to engulf the world, an underground city was built as a last refuge for the human race.
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It’s been several months since Lina and Doon escaped the dying city of Ember and, along with the rest of their people, joined the town of Sparks. Now, struggling through the harsh winter aboveground, they find an unusual book. Torn up and missing most of its pages, it alludes to a mysterious device from before the Disaster, which they believe is still in Ember. Together, Lina and Doon must go back underground to retrieve what was lost and bring light to a dark world.

In the fourth Book of Ember, bestselling author Jeanne DuPrau juxtaposes yet another action-packed adventure with powerful themes about hope, learning, and the search for truth.

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When a roamer trades them an ancient book with only a few pages remaining, Lina and Doon return to Ember to seek the machine the book seems to describe in hopes that it will get their new community, Sparks, through the winter.

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