The final book to the series was a nice wrap up of all that had been happening in the series. This was an ending full of hope and shows the wonder ofThe final book to the series was a nice wrap up of all that had been happening in the series. This was an ending full of hope and shows the wonder of the human spirit and the ability to overcome moments of true darkness. With this final novel we return to Sparks and find Lina and Doon worry once again about the people and their chances of surviving the winter months. They are tired of the struggle and believe there has to be a better way to overcome the hardships they are facing. Once again the two set out to save everyone from disaster and while they bring trouble in their quest they are able to prove they are plenty capable of getting the job done. Overall the series is a nice little escape that proves to be heartwarming as it speaks of hope and of finding the happiness and goodness that is in life. Helps to make you realize that there are hardships in life that are necessary. These are what make life's easy moments so much more happier and special....more
This along with the first book would have to be my favorite in the series. This was removed from the series by 50 years all prior to the City of EmberThis along with the first book would have to be my favorite in the series. This was removed from the series by 50 years all prior to the City of Ember and was an attempt to show some of the things that lead up to the need for Ember. Although I really expected to read of the actual events that LEAD to the City of Ember instead this book was a really a sanitized version of what may be happening in one little town that is in the grips of the threat of war. This was a bird's eye view of one town and their way of coping with what could be the end of days. I enjoyed the characters in this story a little more than the characters in the rest of the series, but too it could have been that there was a bit of a change of pace in this book and a change of scenery. I can see the need for this book, but think the placement in the series feels a little awkward as it broke up the continuation of what was happening in Sparks....more
While the second book did not pull me in quite the same way the first book had, this book was really good as well. It was a nice continuation of the sWhile the second book did not pull me in quite the same way the first book had, this book was really good as well. It was a nice continuation of the story and really explores the trouble the people of Ember face when they become part of the city of Sparks. With this book there are more characters introduced than just the Doon and Lina. With this installment more people of Ember as well as people of Sparks become more important to the overall story. All of the characters are nice additions to the story and really round things out adding more perspective and views of things as they happen around Sparks....more
Wow. I can't believe I was so into this book. I really had no idea what to expect, but I was completely blown away and sucked in. The dystopian aspectWow. I can't believe I was so into this book. I really had no idea what to expect, but I was completely blown away and sucked in. The dystopian aspect was a large part of what sucked me in. I love the idea of someone imagining a world different from ours and creating a whole new place. The characters are great. I loved following Lina around and seeing things through her eyes. This is the classic young children/teens taking on the world around them with little help from adults because the adults just don't see the world the same way the young people do. They attempt to get the adults involved, but are turned away and are even hunted as fugitives who are going against the way of Ember. After finishing this book I couldn't wait to start the next book and to get the whole series. I look forward to seeing just what happens to these people as they explore the new world before them. This is highly recommend especially to those who don't really get into science fiction. This is not heavy on the sci-fi but has just enough touches to get you into that world without being overwhelming....more
I had been waiting for this book since I finished Cinder. I was debating was really up in the air over whether or not I would continue reading the serI had been waiting for this book since I finished Cinder. I was debating was really up in the air over whether or not I would continue reading the series. I liked the Cinder character enough, but was a little unsure as to how the writer was going to introduce a new character when we didn't completely have an ending to Cinder's story. That being said, I did like the way the writer was able to keep an equal balance of both the new character Scarlet and Cinder's story throughout this book. I thought it was going to be a bit long as it is 450 pages, but the book never felt like it was off in the pacing nor did it feel there was filler.
I was still put off a bit initially when I started the book, wasn't sure I could buy into the missing grandmother, a play on the Little Red Riding Hood tale, but it worked very well. For me what kept me interested in this story are the futuristic aspects, the fact of Cinder being a cyborg and also the way in which the society seems to be put off by it. I love those elements. The use of the technology is really interesting. I liked the way the story has progressed and we are gradually learning more about Cinder as the book is beginning to show the overall arc of this story line. It appears with this book that we are about to have a rebellion and that I can't wait for. I'm ready to see more action. This novel definitely had more action that the previous since there were many altercations what with Cinder's adventure and Scarlet's as well.
So I think I've found myself committed to this series and awaiting the next in the series. Not sure what story the writer will take on next, but I hope she's just as successful with it as she has been in the past. Scarlet, much like Cinder left us with a bit of unresolved material so maybe there will be a flashback in the next novel that ties up some material that was left uncovered. I really liked how we learned Cinder's ending, the references to Cinderella worked very well with her ending, and I enjoyed the way it was introduced in Scarlet through the net screens in the bar. Very well done I thought....more