"A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe." — Madeleine L'Engle

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Title: The City of Ember
Author: Jeanne DuPrau
Published: 2003
Pages: 270
Rating: 4/5
Summary: The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever! This stunning debut novel offers refreshingly clear writing and fascinating, original characters.

Review: Several of my friends had read this book and every time I asked them for a book to read they told me this one so I decided to read it.

The City of Ember was a great story to read that really got me thinking. Everything seems fine until Lina finds a box with a piece of paper inside. Soon after Lina and Doon find themselves in an adventure in which they will find many secrets about the place the call home.

I thought the characters were great to read about. Lina lived with her grandmother and her sister. I liked that she loved her family so much and took care of them. She worked to help her grandmother and at the end she didn't want to leave her sister alone.

Doon was also a good character. He helped Lina solve the puzzle they had and was with her when she needed it. He wanted to make his home a better place but he found out stuff that he wouldn't have imagined. I liked how he tried to know everything that was happening even if he didn't like it.

This book was so different to much of what read so I really enjoyed it. At times some of the characters would say some stuff that were so common that at times it made me laugh. Reading about how they lived made me thankful of what I have. This was a great book to read and I will sure keep reading the rest of the books.


  1. Loved this book--wasn't such a fan of the other ones. But this one, awesome.

  2. I've got this one in my TBR and keep meaning to move it to the top. It definitely sounds great.

  3. I enjoyed this book and thought the movie was good, too. The People of Sparks, book two, was alright. The third book was not my thing at all and it doesn't deal with Lina or Doon so it lost alot of the magic for me right there. I really liked Lina and Poppy. Nice review!

  4. Just stopping by all the blogs I follow – have been out of town and am feeling out of touch. Thought I would check in with everyone! Stop by The Wormhole if you get a chance!

  5. I haven't read this one but I really want to know. Thanks for the review!

  6. i lyk da story c0z this is a beautiful story n amazinq