The City of Ember (Book of Ember #1)
by Jeanne DuPrau
What is it about:
Many hundreds of years ago, the city of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked…but now the storerooms are almost out of food, crops are blighted, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all—the lights are failing. Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness…
But when two children, Lina and Doon, discover fragments of an ancient parchment, they begin to wonder if there could be a way out of Ember. Can they decipher the words from long ago and find a new future for everyone? Will the people of Ember listen to them?
What did I think of it:
This is a really nice read.
Meant for children this book is at times too easy for older readers (and for a lot of children as well, I imagine), giving away most of the suspense of what's going on right at the beginning of the book. I'd have enjoyed this book even more if things had been a bit less obvious at some points.
That being said: I liked both Lina and Doon. They're both resourceful and smart, but still make mistakes, which made them feel real. I liked the world building and the way the story developed. Even while knowing what the two would discover I was invested in their actions.
All in all a fast and entertaining read.
Why should you read it:
It's an enjoyable Dystopian read.
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