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Preview — The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
The People of Sparks
The sequel to the critically acclaimed The City of Ember continues the story of Lina and Doon, who have emerged from the underground city to the exciting new world above. When anonymous acts of vandalism push them toward violence, it's up to Lina and Doon to discover who's behind the vandalism and why.
I loved that the main characters - Lina and Doon - are honest and warm, with realistic struggles: Doon is still working on controlling his temper, and Lina's curiosity and impulsiveness still tend to cause trouble. However, they are both guided by good advice and a strong conscience, paving the wa ...more
This is a lovely series. The kind of dystopia where people actually live with the consequences, instead of, you know, evolving into advanced societies with kings/queens/mutants/totalitarian governments that are obsessed with deathly competitions. Get what I'm saying? This feels real. Hundreds of years ago humans were jerks. BOOM. Everyone died and now centuries later, with a significant portion of the population and technology kaput, they are struggling to stay alive and trying to make small adv...more
In Sparks there are some rather significant changes to the plot dynamics which allow for some intriguing new commentary on humanity and social interactions. We're given a po ...more
As a story about refugees and the community attempting to absorb these migrants, The People of Sparks is a great read for discu ...more
As a Middle school or Young Adult read it opens the door to a good discussion of the difficulties and rewards of poli ...more
At least People of Sparks proved that I was wrong. It is highly exciting, it kept me reading with a heart that beat faster than usual, wanting to know how it all would end, feeling all the basic and even more complicated emotions in my heart as I went through the pages.
The books are set in a post-apocalyptic world. The world is healing; things start to get better, ...more
Fear of food shortages and rising tempers lead to traded worlds and animosity between the two peoples, and soon, there's the threat of violence. Doon, ...more
I LOVE the main characters. Lina and Doon they're just... GOOD. Good people. They're brave with great morality.
I liked Kenny and Maddy's characters. They were so wise and lovable.
Caspar seemed to me like a bad cartoon villain, twisting his mostache and laughing in a weird way. He was a joke.
I HATED Torren. At the end, after all that happened he didn't say thank you or sorry. HATED HATED HATED. So immature!
Tick was a douchebag. So happy he ...more
Also, I was surprised that the many skills that the people of Ember had were not put to use in helping to design more advanced technology. If they were able to fix it, they would have at least some idea how to create it (pumps, electricity, food production, etc.)
In addition, I felt that many of the characters ...more
Lina and Doon have emerged from the underground city to the exciting new world above, and it isn't long before they are followed by the other inhabitants of Ember. The Emberites s ...more
Because I intended to know what happens next, I picked the second book right away. And going through the first part of the book I made a conclusion that I would like this better than the first. And I did!
The story follows right away from where the first book left. The second book showed the struggle of the Emberites to learn, adapt, and live in the new world they are now in.
The pacing in this book was ...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 ...more