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The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
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Apr 13, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s, fiction, science-fiction-fantasy
Read from April 13 to 22, 2012

** spoiler alert ** As far as YA dystopias go, this is definitely targeted at the very young. The story line is simple, there is very little evil in humanity.

Some negative issues with the story:
1) The decision as to which job a young person receives - making this an issue of pure chance rubs me the wrong way...
2) The fact that once assigned, the jobs can be traded away on a whim also bothers me.
3) The only reason there is any intrigue is b/c the protagonist's younger sister eats part of the message... very juvenile.

I realize I am critiquing a children's novel for being too immature. Sue me.

On the positive side, I feel like the world that is created is interesting and pretty well fleshed out. The mystery of the Builders is developed well. It seems to be a relatively early pro-green message permeating throughout.

I was surprised to see that the sequel contains people not from Ember... That is enough to make me stop after this book.

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