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The Prophet of Yonwood (Book of Ember #3)

3.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  21,940 Ratings  ·  1,964 Reviews
It's 50 years before the settlement of the city of Ember, and the world is in crisis. War looms on the horizon as 11-year-old Nickie and her aunt travel to the small town of Yonwood, North Carolina. There, one of the town's respected citizens has had a terrible vision of fire and destruction. Her garbled words are taken as prophetic instruction on how to avoid the coming d ...more
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Perfection Learning (first published April 1st 2006)
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Mindy Rodriguez I agree with Giovanna. This prequel will make more sense if you start with the other two books. My son and I are currently reading the last book in…moreI agree with Giovanna. This prequel will make more sense if you start with the other two books. My son and I are currently reading the last book in the series, The Diamond of Darkhold. It's really a great series.(less)
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Kimberly
Feb 02, 2008 Kimberly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Shelves: young-readers
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Caroline
Oct 11, 2007 Caroline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. I really enjoyed the first two (last two?) books in DuPrau's trilogy, and was excited about reading this prequel. I have to say, though, I felt like I was reading something that had been written by a liberal Democrat frustrated with the takeover of the evangelical right and defense contractors in modern American politics. And I say this as a liberal Democrat who is currently frustrated with the takeover of the evangelical right and defense contractors in U.S. politics. But YA fiction is not ...more
Sara
I read this because I'd read the first two books in the City of Ember series and enjoyed them; this is the 3rd book and a prequel to the events in Ember, so I expected a good story about why the city of Ember was built and how it all began. Instead, this book introduced eleven-year-old Nicki, who moves to her great-grandfather's old mansion in the city of Yonwood and discovers there is a woman regarded as a prophet living there, whose words are interpreted by another woman and the city follows h ...more
Kim
Dec 12, 2007 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too preachy and the connection to the other books is just tossed in at the end.
Kirstin
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Karen
Oct 02, 2007 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrenslit
This prequel was actually disappointing in comparison to The City of Ember and The People of Sparks. It was too disconnected to these two books to be considered a prequel for my tastes. The story line was not nearly as interesting as the other two books. It does raise some interesting questions about blindly following the prophesies(dictates) of someone else because you think that person must be right instead of trusting your own instincts.
Helen
Nov 23, 2008 Helen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
This should be called "The prophet of Yawnwood". I can overlook flaws in a book if the story and characters are interesting enough, but this was pretty boring and the main character was annoying. My biggest problem is that as a prequel to "The City of Ember", this book should have given us a clearer picture of the world before people decided to go into a city underground to save themselves from disaster. The first two books hint at wars and terrorism and I was hoping that this one would give us ...more
Steven
Nov 29, 2007 Steven rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping for a book about the people who built Ember and why they decided to not teach them any technology or nation rebuilding skills. This isn't that book. This is the author's treatise on why the Iraq war is a big mistake and how religion only makes people fight. There is more hope in science and studying the stars than in saying prayers. The story was engaging, but I'm getting tired of the religious being treated as zealots and mindless sheep looking for any type of leader. This book was ...more
Alexa
Oct 29, 2011 Alexa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was a mistake to write a prequel to The City of Ember books. Or maybe it was a mistake to go back as far as DuPrau did. It could have survived the abrupt change of cast if it had at least taken place in Ember, perhaps during the earliest years. There are so many interesting questions to ask of the first generation of Ember: How did they organize their government? Handle money? Assign jobs? Deal with outcasts or criminals? None of this is answered, though, because the prequel takes place befor ...more
Eldon
May 14, 2010 Eldon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010, read-2010s
Do not read this book as a prequel to the Ember series. Four paragraphs do not a prequel make. There are two more installments that should be added between this one and The City of Ember: Nickie's dad's story (same 50 year time frame as The Prophet of Yonwood) and an actual prequel beginning where The Prophet of Yonwood ends.

Read this as a stand-alone story. It will be more enjoyable if you aren't constantly looking for how it ties into the first two books. Also be prepared for tangents that go
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Alexandra
I enjoyed this story, although at times I found it a bit slow.

I think it put the dangers of blind acceptance and obedience to a self-proclaimed prophet, forced adherence of others to those who claim to speak for God, (and how not everyone who claims to speak for God actually does), in terms a child could easily relate to.

I think this could give kids good food for thought in a world where there are places where people live under this kind of religious tyranny today, even in some communities in th
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Angela
When I finished this book, I was left feeling a bemused combination of "huh?" and "so what?" - feelings which had been growing on me since the beginning of the book.

In the first two books of the Ember series, there are deep and thoughtful morals that can be drawn, but this book's message was glaringly overstated. The heavy-handed moralizing in "Yonwood" made for a plodding pace and an anticlimactic conclusion. Worst of all, while there were several interesting "clues" throughout the book (her gr
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Amy
Dec 07, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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{February 10th, 2015} MINI-REVIEW

2.5 stars (which is rather generous of me).

***MAYBE SPOILERS ALTHOUGH VAGUE SUMMARY SPOILERS***

“The idea seemed to be that if you prayed extremely hard--especially if a lot of people prayed at once--maybe God would change things. The trouble was, what if your enemy was praying, too? Which prayer would God listen to?”


This book.... *sighs* ...was the boring way for the beginning of the end of the world to happen. There's 'terrorists' hiding in the woods, the prop
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Hrandall
Nov 26, 2010 Hrandall rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having previously read DuPrau's "The City of Ember" and "The People of Sparks" and thoroughly enjoying both, I was really looking forward to reading "The Prophet of Yonwood" and I had very high expectations for the third book! However, I was very disappointed.
I found all the characters in "The Prophet of Yonwood" to be quite flat and the storyline was random and unrelated to Ember. I was eager to find out the history of Ember and the Builders, as this is the prequel to the series, but it actuall
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Nancy
May 11, 2009 Nancy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I quit reading a third of the way through. I haven't liked it so far, and scanning through the rest, here seems to be nothing worthwhile about the book; no reason to keep going. I was expecting it to tell about how the City of Ember came to be, but it is only very distantly connected to that story, so my curiousity was disappointed.

This series is creative and entertaining despite the predictable heavy-handed anti-war moral, but I am getting quite tired of how it continually puts down religion an
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Kirsten
Dec 15, 2008 Kirsten rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm afraid that DuPrau has fallen into the all-too-common pattern of writing a series: great first book, a good second, by the third.... meh.

The real problem here is that this isn't an Ember book. It's billed as a prequel, but it's really a pre-pre-pre-prequel. I kept reading, waiting for this to all tie in somehow, but that doesn't happen until 2 pages from the end. Yes, 287 pages of waiting and anticipation just didn't cut it for me. What's more, the book is even more heavy-handed than its pre
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Steven
Jun 07, 2008 Steven rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I'll agree with many of the other reviews. This book just isn't up to par with the really amazing stories in the first two books of this series. The City of Ember and The People of Sparks are much better than this book.

The author does have some nice and believable characters, but the action and drama within the story just fall flat in comparison with her other books. I guess the difficulty is the post-Apocalyptic world of the first two books is extremely compelling, but the pre-Apocalyptic world
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Megan
Jan 05, 2009 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading this book 3 days ago and as soon as it ended i new it was a wonderful book!!!!
Lara
Jun 21, 2012 Lara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-to-read
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about The Prophet of Yonwood.

Described as the prequel to The City of Ember, The Prophet of Yonwood really only peripherally relates to Ember, and the reader isn’t privy to that relation until the very last page of the story. I especially liked Nickie's growth throughout the novel, but the story meanders, and does it slooooowly.

Yonwood is another allegorical tale, but the message here is much more heavy-handed than in Ember or Sparks. A woman has a vision of futur
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Wesley
Jun 04, 2012 Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to be honest I was nervous the first 1/3 of this book. I didn’t know if it was going Lois Lowry by having a serious with indirectly connected books or what. After she met the “prophet” though I figured out the entire thing, waited for my resolve. I would have rather been surprised though and just enjoy the freakin’ story. I can’t control these predictions though; I just say them out loud.

So this is a setup for the previous 2 books. I mean book 1 starts off in a hole underground and we ar
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Wong
May 02, 2011 Wong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bismillah.

I like books from Jeanne DuPrau. Though her books are intended for younger people, I couldn't help but notice that her books are filled with messages of humanity, peace and the need for us all to break the cycle of hatred. I think that her books suit current situation very well.

I would say that I could agree with 90% of what she's writing in her previous two books. I would definitely ask my future children to read the first two. As for this one, maybe when they are older.

In this book
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Inspired Kathy
I enjoyed this book. It is probably a 3.5 star book. It wasn't as good as the first 2 in the series but still a good book.
Aidan Henderson
I have been reading the book series for a while now, and have loved what this series had to offer. The book THE PROPHET OF YONWOOD, starts in a time before the original book did, and I think its about 100 years earlier. The main characters name is Nickie, and we follow her around for most of the book. Nickie and her sister Crystal are on their way to Yonwood where they need to prepare their dead grandparents house for sale. Along the way, we learn about the people form the village (No spoilers), ...more
Nikki
Aug 04, 2015 Nikki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Woah. So one of the challenges of BooktubeAThon is to read a book without letting it go. Need to go to the bathroom? Keep that book in your hands. Change into your pyjamas? (as I had to do, which is very difficult with one hand, trust me) Keep that book with you!

Originally I wanted to use the fourth book of the Hitchhiker's series for this challenge because that one is pretty short. But when I was 160 pages in and hadn't let go of this book, I was like 'why the hell not?' It's been four hours si
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Kate
Jun 02, 2013 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Prophet of Yonwood is a prequel of sorts to the City of Ember though it comes as book three in the Book of Ember series. I didn't expect Yonwood to tie-in all that much with Ember, so when it didn't, I wasn't disappointed or surprised. There are a few links - we hear a little about the Builders, and of course we see the start of war and destruction - but the story itself focuses on a small town and good verses evil.

Nickie is visiting Yonwood with her aunt as they tend to Nickie's great-grand
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John
Jan 17, 2013 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book I read is The Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau. This book is about a girl named Nikki. She and her aunt Crystal are trying to sell Nikki’s Great grandfather’s house after he died.
they sold the house to a family who wanted it. The Prophet told people what to do and what things they cannot have. If you did not follow these orders you would get a braclet thst makes a loud and annoying noise.Nikki’s Dad works for the government. He sends his wife and Nikki postcards. There are messages
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Marsha
In this prequel to "The Story of Ember", Jeanne Du Prau paints the picture of a world like our own sliding toward the point of no return.

When 11 year old Nicki and her mother travel to a small town in North Carolina to settle her great grandfathers estate, they are at first welcomed to the small town. The town is in an uproar however, a woman has collapsed after having an apocalyptic vision. Given the greater world is engulfed in a very perilous, very real political crisis, the townspeople take
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Barbara
This book is a "prequel" to the City of Ember. I did not like it. This book is not essential to reading book four, which is again about Lina and Doon, so I would recommend just skipping book three. There is only one reference to book three on the last couple of pages of book four, and you don't really loose anything by not reading book three.

In a prequel to The City of Ember, I would be interested to learn more about the City of Ember and the Builders. I would like to know more about why the dec
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Melissa
Dec 23, 2008 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: city of ember fans
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Jeanne DuPrau spends several hours of every day at her computer, thinking up sentences. She has this quote taped to her wall: "A writer is someone for whom writing is harder than it is for other people" (Thomas Mann).
This gives her courage, because she finds writing very hard. So many words to choose from! So many different things that could happen in a story at any moment! Writing is one tough de
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Other Books in the Series

Book of Ember (4 books)
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“The idea seemed to be that if you prayed extremely hard--especially if a lot of people prayed at once--maybe God would change things. The trouble was, what if your enemy was praying, too? Which prayer would God listen to?” 14 likes
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