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The People of Sparks (Book of Ember #2)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  32,656 ratings  ·  2,504 reviews
"it is green here and very big. Light comes from the sky...."

When Lina and Doon lead their people up from the underground city of Ember, they discover a surface world of color and life. The people of a small village called Sparks agree to help the Emberites, but the villagers have never had to share their world before. Soon differences between the two groups escalate, and
Paperback, 338 pages
Published April 12th 2005 by Yearling (first published May 25th 2004)
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If I could give this book 6 stars, I would. I enjoyed City of Ember as a fun, quick YA read, but this sequel is just as entertaining, while also being profoundly thought-provoking and insightful.

I loved that the main characters - Lina and Doon - are honest and warm, with realistic struggles: Doon is still working on controlling his temper, and Lina's curiosity and impulsiveness still tend to cause trouble. However, they are both guided by good advice and a strong conscience, paving the way for g
A sequel that holds true to its original characters, but puts them in a totally different situation and set of adventures. If I had one problem with these books, it would be that I suspect the authour starts writing the books with a "what values can I leave the readers with?" idea in her head. But, to her credit, I usually agree with her values (avoiding crowd mentality, being tolerant, solving problems non-violently) and the story is exciting enough anyways.
Nov 12, 2008 Muzzlehatch rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people looking for good ol' post-apocalyptic kid's books
Frustrating but ultimately pretty decent sequel to the fascinating "City of Ember", this picks up right after the finish of the first volume, as the entire populace of the dying underground city make their way out of harm's way, into the upper world. "Sparks" covers the travails of the next few months, as the Emberites encounter a small town struggling to get by, with a population even smaller than the 400 survivors of the underground world. There are two major problems with the book I think, fi ...more
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Aug 06, 2008 Kimberly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fifth/sixth grade readers, fans of juvenile literature
Shelves: young-readers
Please tell me that if there really was a war that killed most of humanity, stupid people would not be left in they apparently were in The People of Sparks. Truly, the leaders in both Sparks and in the preceding City of Ember are exceedingly elementary in their thinking. Why wouldn't the people of Sparks just look on the Emberites as newly added, contributing members of their society? Instead of isolating the Emberites, why not allow them to work and better the city of Sparks? But, ...more
Apr 03, 2009 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: i-own
Last fall I raced through City of Ember and really enjoyed the world and the characters. The ending wasn't a cliffhanger per se, but it really left me wondering what would happen much so that I raced out and bought the next book. Sadly, life got busy and it took me another 4 months to finally read the continuation.

In Sparks there are some rather significant changes to the plot dynamics which allow for some intriguing new commentary on humanity and social interactions. We're given a pos
Oct 12, 2008 Holly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy young adult lit
Recommended to Holly by: Lark
I really enjoyed the simplified concepts of war in this book. It discussed how war begins and how to stop it before it goes to far. Choosing good is hard and even harder when we are physically or emotionally hurt by someone else. It made me think about making the right choices in tough situations. It's nice that you learn small bits about the "disaster" but that is not the focus of the book. I liked the way Lina and Doon both carried on through this book. They went there separate ways and came b ...more
Το δεύτερο βιβλίο της σειράς τελικά μου άρεσε λίγο περισσότερο απο το πρώτο, καθώς το βρήκα κάπως ωριμότερο, γεγονός που δεν περίμενα, διότι η πλοκή του δεν είναι τόσο πρωτότυπη όσο του πρώτου βιβλίου. Για άλλη μια φορά λοιπόν και σε αυτό, η Ντυπρό πραγματεύεται σημαντικά ζητήματα που αφορούν κάθε κοινωνιά -κι ας τα βασίζει σε φανταστικούς κόσμους- είναι γεμάτα ηθικοδιδακτικά μηνύματα, όπως το που οδηγεί η φοβία για το κάθε ξένο στοιχείο, και για την ομορφιά της υπομονής και της θέλησης. Ωραίο β ...more
Compared to the first book, People of Sparks comes off very one noted. The message--"War is bad." And that message comes across in the most surface of ways. Lena and Doon lose their interesting personalities and instead become silhouettes. Lena screams, "I want to explore" and Doon yells, "No more war." The book lacks the interest and intrigue of the first book and instead becomes a poor peace call for the world. Given the possibilities of having a previous lost civilization meet one recovering ...more
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George Kulz
I like how this book in the series is a more complete story, as opposed to the first one. Also, I like that this is a completely new adventure with the same characters from the first book, so that this book could stand alone on its own. And, I like the messages of this book, although they seem a bit heavy handed at times. The best image of all was the ending, which I won't give away in case people haven't read it yet, but it's a nice tie-in to the first book, as well as a simple symbol of hope f ...more
I was afraid after the ending of City of Ember, the next books will lose the fantastic, gripping aura the first book has.

At least People of Sparks proved that I was wrong. It is highly exciting, it kept me reading with a heart that beat faster than usual, wanting to know how it all would end, feeling all the basic and even more complicated emotions in my heart as I went through the pages.

The books are set in a post-apocalyptic world. The world is healing; things start to get better, but the worl
This book did a really good job of capturing the tensions involved in a refugee situation, especially one where there aren't enough resources to go around -- a better job, I think, than most adult books on the topic. The tensions were clearly presented, and the emotions were well shaded and realistic. While the book did slide a bit towards having people turn out to be "good guys" and "bad guys," I think it's not any more so than any political discussion; I'm sure most readers hate certain actual ...more
The first book was an okay read. I did like the world building, though.

Because I intended to know what happens next, I picked the second book right away. And going through the first part of the book I made a conclusion that I would like this better than the first. And I did!

The story follows right away from where the first book left. The second book showed the struggle of the Emberites to learn, adapt, and live in the new world they are now in.

The pacing in this book was better, in my opinion.
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Although not as strong as the first book in the series, People of Sparks is an interesting continuation of The City of Ember. Lina and Doon still figure prominently in the above-ground, post-apocalyptic community that is struggling to regain its foothold in the world. Overwhelmed by the Emberians, the outnumbered and unprepared citizens of Sparks begin by taking in the new families and giving them food and shelter, but the situation quickly deteriorates as scarcity and resentment build within bo ...more
In this sequel to "The City of Ember", 400-odd Emberites leave their dying city for the outside world. There, they find a village named Sparks, and ask for help. Of course, it's not that easy. The population of Sparks is only about 300, and is inclined to be suspicious of these strange, pallid, undersized people who seem to know nothing of the basics of life. Then, too, there's a limit to how much spare food they have... On the other side, the Emberites have difficulty coping with weather and ha ...more
I seriously felt this to be a more mature 2nd book. Which was really fitting. Tons of questions were answered and an overall fantastic story. It set up the next book perfectly.

I will though admit that there has to be more positive morals in this book than PBS specials have on film. There are so many that you almost feel guilty because at some point one of them will have touched base on something that has happened or involved you in your life.

No questions asked if your read the first book, cont
This book was so much better than the first one.
I LOVE the main characters. Lina and Doon they're just... GOOD. Good people. They're brave with great morality.
I liked Kenny and Maddy's characters. They were so wise and lovable.
Caspar seemed to me like a bad cartoon villain, twisting his mostache and laughing in a weird way. He was a joke.
I HATED Torren. At the end, after all that happened he didn't say thank you or sorry. HATED HATED HATED. So immature!
Tick was a douchebag. So happy he left,
loved it.

This really struck me: Over history "Christians raise the armies. Muslims raise the buildings. Jews raise the money."
Melissa Bennett
It's been a while since I read the first book in this series. I remember really liking it and can't understand why I didn't continue on with the series. Anyway, I decided to pick it back up. I was a bit disappointed with the beginning of the book. I think what bothered me the most was the writing seemed to be too simplistic and the dialogue was not very believable. I know the book was written for a younger audience but I don't remember the first book being that way. All in all, the story that th ...more
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Jeanne DuPrau's second of the Books of Ember series continues the trend begun in the introductory novel, The City of Ember. Compulsively readable, lively and easy, The People of Sparks was a novel mostly on-par with the levels of excellence from its impressive predecessor. By drastically changing the setting, as well as introducing new characters and ideas allows for an entirely different kind of novel than the first; the author makes a story replet
Amy Snyder
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If you like adventure and mystery The People of Sparks is the book for you. Sequel to the City of Ember, The People of Sparks, is about the main characters Lina And Doon after they Escaped their old city,Ember, into a new world. Lina and Doon having spent their whole life underground now had an idea what was above them. When Lina and Doon settled down they dropped a message taped to a rock telling the other people of ember to come up and that it was safe. People of ember responded to this immedi ...more
I really didn't like this book. I was really put off by the fact that all the adults were acting like complete morons. The author was trying so hard to give her target audience (young teens) a feeling of empowerment (we can do important things in our society!), that she made the adult characters completely unrealistic. It seems like in an entire community of people, only children are using their brains at all. I understand why she had to take adults out of the picture (Harry Potter does the same ...more

I thought the 1st book was more of an adventure. This book deals with different groups trying to survive and how small differences can become big deals. This book is probably more realistic, in that it deals with the day to day survival of 700 or so people (400 from and city of ember and 300 from the city of sparks). Both groups are trying to survive, with the people of ember depending on the good will of the people of sparks. This dependence takes its toll on both of the groups. After a figh
Paul Cancellieri
I've decided that what I like about the "Books of Ember" series is that each book is so different from the others. Sometimes the characters overlap, everything else from the theme to the conflict to the level of "closure" at the end is strikingly unique.

This may be disconcerting for those who prefer to read a series and get to know the same characters better and better. But, for those who enjoy DuPrau's writing and the opportunity to learn about the entire chronology that led to Ember, it's a gr
Perhaps the best aspect of DuPrau’s depiction of hate/violence in the People of Sparks is the character of Tick. DuPrau shows very clearly the effect a charismatic leader like Tick can have on a group of people. It is very easy to follow someone who seems to know what they’re doing and what they’re talking about. Even those who didn’t agree with Tick didn’t do anything about it, which shows that people are all too often hesitant to take a stand, especially when no one is around to be the first o ...more
Jan 16, 2015 Alex rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: survivalists
Recommended to Alex by: I saw the movie "Citiy of Ember" so I read the book and the series in turn.
"The People of Sparks" is book 2 of the Book of Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau. It is terrific for children but I include some issues important for parents that might be perceived as spoilers so I hide it behind the "spoiler" tag.

The Story: 400 people of the underground City of Ember have emerged into the daylight after hundreds of years in hiding and have found the village of Sparks. How will everyone survive through the winter when the population suddenly doubles? What is the village's respons
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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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