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The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
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Dec 22, 10

bookshelves: science-fiction, middle-school
Read in December, 2010

Grade: 4th-8th

The city of Ember was built underground by the top scientists 200-years-ago to preserve a city of people from the warring destruction above. But this city was only meant to last 200 years when the electrical generators would give out and the people would follow directions to find their way out to the surface. But these directions are lost in the city and the citizens are struck confused and fearful when the lights start to flicker and the machines start to break. When Lina finds a secret message in her grandmother's closet, she knows that it must provide some answer to the crisis at hand. With her reemerged connection with her old friend Doon, both discover a way out of the city into the world their ancestors left.

While the adventurous tale and suspense kept me grappled to the words, it was the genuine character development that truly kept me glued. Reminiscent of being mesmerized by the world of Harry Potter, Duprau draws the reader into the tragedy, success, hesitation, and courage of the characters.
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