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The City of Ember (The First Book of Ember) by Jeanne DuPrau

I decided to read this book because I saw a trailer about the book becoming a movie.

The book was amazing. It took a while to actually figure out that the city was underground and cut off from the rest of the world. The book seems like it might be a bit better than the upcoming movie.

Summary (spoilers!):

Lina and Doon are friends that just turned 12, which means they are off to work now. Lina trades professions with Doon so he can be a Pipeworker and she can be a Messenger. The city is completely dark, lit only by light bulbs that are powered by the generator that is powered by the river that runs under the City of Ember. Lina finds a note with instructions for finding the way out of Ember. The instructions were to be in the hands of the mayor but due to a sudden death of a mayor the instructions were left at the house that Lina lives in. She works with a few others, including Doon, to figure out what the letter says. There are parts missing because Lina’s little sister, Poppy, was in the process of eating the document before Lina took it from her.

Lina and Doon work very well together. They end up finding the “egress” and flee Ember with Poppy and a warrent on them. They exit from underground during the night. The next day they look for another entrance into Ember because they forgot to leave the note they wrote so that someone would be able to tell the others of Ember so they too can join them. That’s where the book ends, a friend of Lina’s picks up the sack they threw down to Ember.

My thoughts:

Now I must get the next book to find out what happens! It was so well written. It reminded me of a Lois Lowry book. The movie will be good and entertaining. I hope others get to read the book as well.


The City of Ember


Wife, mother of a nearly 7 year old daughter named Madison and new baby boy Riley. Avid reader on my Amazon Kindle. World of Warcraft and CS:S gamer.

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