I remember reading this book in 5th or 6th grade, before I was technically a teenager.
I think that the original appeal of this book was the adventure...moreI remember reading this book in 5th or 6th grade, before I was technically a teenager.
I think that the original appeal of this book was the adventure story aspect and the fact that the main character is a young man who must struggle for survival.
This book could take place in more than one time period. Eventhough we have technology now that would have made Brian's experience easier and briefer, there is no guarantee that you would have it with you or that it would work in case of emergency.
I think that this book is still being read because of the adventure story and the survival skills that Brian uses to survive. It is interesting to young people (especially boys) to hear about other young people who survive in difficult situations, such as Brian's.
The characterization of Brian in this book reconcile with my view of a resourceful and outdoorsy young person.(less)
**spoiler alert** This book was just published in 2004, so I did not read it when I was a teen.
The original appeal of this book for kids is that the m...more**spoiler alert** This book was just published in 2004, so I did not read it when I was a teen.
The original appeal of this book for kids is that the main characters, and heros, of the story are 12 year olds that end up rescuing everyone. There is also action and adventure that is appealing to young readers.
This title reflects the period in which it was written because it deals with issues that we are currently faced with. The underlying issue in the story is environmental responsiblity. The city of Ember was created in the first place as a solution to the problem of the Earth becoming an inhospitable environment. The problems that the city is encountering during this story result from the residents not knowing that there was anything outside of the city for longer than the "Builders" had anticipated. The reason for this extended stay in an underground city was misguided perceptions. The Builders were misguided in assuming that the city of Ember was the only way to ensure survival, eventhough the existence of people in the outside world at the end of the book implies otherwise. The citizens of Ember were misguided in there acceptance of the status quo belief that there was nothing outside of Ember. The mayors were misguided in what they believed would be best for both themselves and the citizens of Ember.
I think that this book is being read by young adults because it not only has young people as the main characters and the saviors of the entire city, but it also addresses issues that young people are interested in and can identify with, such as environmentalism, growing up and assuming responsibility, loss, being heard, etc.
The characterizations in this book somewhat reconcile with my views of young adults. The two main characters both fill certain personality types such as the one that likes to go with the flow and be happy with getting what she wants according to what is expected of her and the one that wants to buck the system and stands up for what he believes and will argue with anyone that disagrees or won't listen. Both of the lead characters in this book become more well-rounded throughout the story as they learn the lessons needed to arrive at the resolution of the problems.(less)