- Published: New York : Random House, c2003.
- Year Published: 2003
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Description: 270 p. : map ; 22 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Lexile: 680
- 0375822739 :
- 0375922741 :
- 0375822747 (pbk.)
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The city of Ember
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Call number: Teen Fiction
Available Copies: West Teen
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.
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BUT the story is pretty good and... camelsamba has the right word: intriguing.
In my opinion, the Books of Ember get better and better as they go on, so even if you are disappointed in this book, go on to the others. I don't want to discourage you from reading this, though, by saying it is the worst of the three books and that it isn't written very well, because it really is a good story.
So go on, read this book, like it, read the second book, like it a lot, read the third book... and be really annoyed 'cause it doesn't seem to have anything to do with the other two. Consider stopping reading it, but decide to finish it, then start really liking the story before you are halfway through it, and by the time you reach the end/beginning (I won't tell you what I mean until you read it! :D), love the story. Well, that was my experience with this series, anyway.
All in all, I wanted this story to have more punch than it ever did. I found myself skimming through The Prophet of Yonwood pages at a time in the hope that I’d come across a more interesting passage. And although I agree with the author when it comes to the dangers of religious intolerance and fanaticism, I felt dragged down by the constant harping on how these two things make the world bad. The not-so-underlying message throughout The Prophet of Yonwood that the Disaster that led to Ember being built underground was caused by religious wars was its own character and I wish she hadn’t been so heavy-handed with it.
Okay, what did I like?
The storyline (Honestly! Aside from my aforementioned disappointments with it, the story arc was fantastic)….I love dystopic literature and this one sucked me in: underground city, adventure, demolished cities above ground, people living off the land and creating civilization again, etc.
The characters…Lina, a strong female who really carried the story, is 12 years old, a newly christened Messenger in Ember, and incredibly devoted to her baby sister, Poppy. Doon, a 12 year old radical who stands up to authority and joins with Lina to save his city, is incredibly inspiring, even as he struggles with what is right and what is wrong.
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