The Prophet of Yonwood (Book of Ember #3)
I think it put the dangers of blind acceptance and obedience to a self-proclaimed prophet, forced adherance 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...more
‘The Prophet of Yonwood’, by Jeanne Duprau is a very enticing story. It’s full of friendship and love, as well as oddities and dilemmas. The genre is science fiction for people who don’t like science fiction. I would recommend this book to anyone, but not if you’re looking for a fast-paced action novel. This book is also the third in it’s series and you should probably read the first two if you want to understand it. Although this book has different characters...more
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...more
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...more
Grade 4-8–In this prequel to The City of Ember (2003) and The People of Sparks (2004, both Random), 11-year-old Nickie accompanies her aunt to Yonwood, NC, to help get her great-grandfather's house ready to be sold. Months earlier, a woman in the community named Althea Tower had a vision and collapsed, muttering about fire and disaster. The townspeople interpreted it as a premonition of events since war between the U.S. and the Phalanx Nations is eminent. Althea is h
The strongest point of this book is the intriguing glimpses which the author provides of the dystopian setting. For examp...more
"Why did people always blame kids for things like this? As far as Grover could tell, grown-ups caused a lot more trouble in the world than kids."
"If you're going to do something useful with your life, you've got to get started."
"When you know that you're doing God's work - then you're willing to do anything."
"This was being in love, wasn't it? Looking forward to seeing him everyday, feeling like a ho...more
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...more
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...more
The problem is that the prophet...more
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...more