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The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
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Feb 15, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: sci-fi-dystopian-societies, sci-fi

Haley Forrest's Review: Ember is a city created by the god-like "Builders" over two centuries past. The Builders left enough food in the store room to sustain the entire city and the river powers the generator used to create electricity for 200 hundred years. The time has long past and rations are running short. The mayor keeps ensuring the citizens that there is plenty of food and the blackouts are only temporary but 12-year-old Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow realize that they must find a way out of Ember if their families and neighbors will survive. Lina finds a clue that just might lead them where no one has ever ventured.

Author DuPrua creates a story that is equally an adventure novel as it is a science fiction dystopian novel. Duprau keeps the audience in the dark as to what the cataclysmic event on earth was that led to the creation of the city. There is government corruption and cover-ups within the story, but nothing that has spread beyond a few bad seeds. The author does a great job of creating a believable landscape in minute detail; from the description of the pipeworks, the rag-tag clothing, to the characters themselves. Most characters/citizens of Ember are good-hearted and helpful, but have become fearful and paranoid and unable to act in order to save themselves. I would recommend this novel to the entire 9-13 tween range as it is a fairly straightforward story with a happy ending.

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