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The People of Sparks (Book of Ember #2)

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“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 it'
Paperback, 338 pages
Published 2004 by Yearling
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Liam ~I've got dreams that keep me up in the dead of night. Telling me I wasn't made for the simple life~ No, there isn't. And probably won't ever be. The first book's adaptation did absolutely terribly, so it was not worth it to make the sequel,…moreNo, there isn't. And probably won't ever be. The first book's adaptation did absolutely terribly, so it was not worth it to make the sequel, especially when the second book isn't as well known
Ladycygna The book starts more or less a week after the ending of the first book, when the entire population leaves Ember and arrives at a nearby town in the…moreThe book starts more or less a week after the ending of the first book, when the entire population leaves Ember and arrives at a nearby town in the surface. The people of Sparks decide to help the people of Ember, but some aren't really happy about it: they don't like having to feed people who outnumbers them, and know basically nothing about the world and can't help even with the most basic tasks. So the book is mostly about cooperation, conflict and fear. It's a little bit deeper than the first book, but also still very straightforward. Like in the first book, you are told what exactly is going on in both Lina and Doon's heads, so it's still approachable for all ages.(less)

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Jan 24, 2009 Angela rated it it was amazing
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
Helen Stavraki
Mar 08, 2016 Helen Stavraki rated it really liked it
Ένα βιβλίο γεμάτο μηνύματα και ερεθίσματα για σκέψη κατά της κακίας, της εκδίκησης και των πολέμων.
Η αντιμετώπιση της βίας,η επιμονή για τη διεκδίκηση του δίκιου,οι ακραίες πολιτικές και συμπεριφορές που οδηγούν κατευθείαν σε πρόκληση διαμάχης και διαταραχές ανάμεσα στους ανθρώπους.
Το κακό μπορεί να ξεπεραστεί χωρίς εκδίκηση.
Το καλό σίγουρα σπέρνει σπόρους φιλίας,ομονοιας, αλληλεγγύης και αγάπης.
Βρήκα έξοχο τον τροπο που πραγματεύεται υψηλές αξίες και ιδανικά που υπάρχουν και καλλιεργούνται
Feb 28, 2009 Ally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 24, 2016 Nikoleta rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, dystopia
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
Aug 05, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was ok
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Nov 12, 2008 Muzzlehatch rated it liked it
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
Aug 24, 2014 Brian rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, apocalyptic
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
6/3 - I started reading this on the train this evening because my other current book was way too big to fit in my handbag and I didn't want to have to carry it in my hands for the whole night, so I chose something more compact and this was it. I managed 31 pages before I met my friend at the train station. From those 31 pages I can already see that it has similarly immature language and that there's going to be a number of lessons to be learned while reading this book. Was DuPrau a school teache ...more
Aug 06, 2008 Kimberly rated it really liked it
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 really liked it
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
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Oct 12, 2008 Holly rated it really liked it
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
Oct 23, 2015 Ros rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Me gusto mucho The City of Ember... Pero The People of Sparks real, real, realmente me encantó.

Primero: el simbolismo

Aunque el nombre de los libros lo hacen algo obvio no me había dado cuenta de lo simbólico que son los nombres de Ember y Sparks hasta que los leí en la misma oración cuando Lina esta pensando en ambas ciudades. Ember significa ascua o braza, ese pedazo de materia que permanece apenas encendido después de que un fuego se apaga. Sparks es chispa, lo que inicia el fuego.

Amo cuando l
Dec 16, 2009 Tyas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Linda Hart
May 01, 2015 Linda Hart rated it really liked it
This is a sequel to New York Times bestselling dystopian The City of Ember. The first book, Ember, was a story of setting and plot, while Sparks is a story of characters and relationships. The author has done 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.

As a Middle school or Young Adult read it opens the door to a good discussion of the difficulties a
Jan 28, 2013 Craig rated it really liked it
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
I didn't like this book as well as the first one, which I found much more interesting. And I found the "lesson" of the story at times too heavy handed and simplistic. But simplistic isn't always a bad thing in children's stories I suppose. I was mostly bothered that for even those who did not want to fight regarding the disagreement there didn't seem much understanding of the other side or awareness that they didn't have a right to expect a share in provisions others had worked for for themselve ...more
Jun 24, 2013 Dorian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
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
Mar 26, 2013 Berna rated it really liked it
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,
George Kulz
Oct 18, 2010 George Kulz rated it really liked it
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
Mar 13, 2014 Moe rated it really liked it
Shelves: 8th-grade
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Oct 12, 2016 Rebekah rated it really liked it
This book was a little disappointing after reading "The City of Ember", but still a well-written story that deserves each of the four stars I gave it.
Aug 30, 2008 Britt rated it liked it
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Feb 01, 2016 Vishal A rated it it was amazing
"It looks as if those people have never seen the sun as they gazed deep into the Sun's heart." That is an important quote from the book People of Sparks written by Jeanne Duprau. The book The People of Sparks was very well thought out and detailed with many different twists and turns that you would never imagine.
Lina and Doon have emerged from the underground city to the exciting new world above, and it isn't long before they are followed by the other inhabitants of Ember. The Emberites soon co
Sep 15, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: twenty-13
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.
Feb 08, 2016 Niina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
3 1/2

Pidin tästä toisesta osasta enemmän kuin ensimmäisestä, etenkin koska eka oli jo tuttu elokuvaversiostaan. Tässä on jonkin verran ennalta-arvattavuutta, mutta yllätyksiäkin mahtuu mukaan.

Lina ja Doon löysivät tien maanalaisesta Ember-kaupungistaan ja johdattivat myös muut asukkaat turvaan tuhoutuvasta kodistaan. Maan päälläkään kaikki ei suju niin kuin Strömsössä.

Emberiläiset löytävät Sparksin kaupungin, jossa asuu reilut 300 asukasta, sata vähemmän kuin emberiittejä. Sparksin asukkaat a
Jan 16, 2009 Bethany rated it liked it
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
Liam ~I've got dreams that keep me up in the dead of night. Telling me I wasn't made for the simple life~
Review to come. But very boring and dull. And what is it with DuPrau and her female heroes and male villains? It's one thing to have more male villains, it's another thing to have all but one of your important male characters to be jerks/evil/insane.

Good important female characters:
Mrs. Murdo
Dr. Hester
Mary Waters
Clary Laine
Poppy (she's a kid, but still)

Bad female characters:


Good make characters:
Maybe Kenny? He was a bit too background I guess.

Bad/all things undesirable import
May 07, 2012 Wesley rated it really liked it
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
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3 stars.

I didn't enjoy this AS much as I'd hoped, but it was alright. Everything felt rather lacklustere to me. But hey, that's one heck of a beautiful cover! Idk what else to say without hitting spoilers. x:
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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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“When someone has been mean to you, why would you want to be good to them?' 'You wouldn't want to. That's what makes it hard. You do it anyway. Being good is hard. Much harder than being bad.” 307 likes
“People didn't make life, so they can't destroy it. Even if we were to wipe out every bit of life in the world, we can't touch the place life comes from. Whatever made the plants and animals and people spring up in the first place will always be there, and life will spring up again.” 32 likes
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