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The Diamond of Darkhold
by Jeanne DuPrau
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One of the few endings to a series that doesn't leave me with more questions than answers. I find myself able to conclude my reading satisfied knowing the future of the characters within.
This is a satisfying and optimistic ending to the story of the people of Ember.
It's not as interesting as the first two books, where there are struggles with the people in power and some quite deep moral questions. In this one, Doon and Lina want to go on a Quest to make things better, they go on a Quest, things are made Better. There is some Mild Peril and some Slightly Bad People, but the Slightly Bad People are too incompetent to be very interesting, and are all redeemed at the end.
They are books written for kids, and I found I needed even more suspension of disbelief for this one than for any of the others. 400 intelligent adults have fled from an underground city and are starving in the winter, and not one of them thinks 'hey, we could go back there and see if there's anything left?' Lina and Doon's continued desire to just sneak off and do things rather than talking to people is a bit annoying. And I really do think the people who designed Ember knew they could rely on narrativium, because their plans are a bit unlikely otherwise...
I love the creepy feeling of going back to somewhere you have left and finding it dusty and decaying, and the bit where
Also, definitely read this one last! The ending is clearly the ending. It relies on you knowing some things that happened in the Prophet of Yonwood, and is a much warmer, nicer, place to end than 'bombs fall, most people die.'
A surprising end to a fantastic series. Loved every single book and this is now one of my favorite series.
Boring book and a terrible ending. The author could have put more effort in the ending. Utterly disappointed.
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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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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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FROM AMAZON: 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. ( )