The City of Ember

The City of Ember

Book - 2003
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385371353
Branch Call Number: J PB DUPRAU
Characteristics: 270 p. : map ; 22 cm


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680 -- Science Fiction

Series: The Books of Ember.

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Mar 16, 2020

Very much geared to a young children's audience.

Nov 08, 2019

This is a great book!

Sep 25, 2019

"The city of Ember was made for us long ago by the Builders. It is the only light in the dark world. Beyond Ember, the darkness goes on forever in all directions."
I read the graphic novel version of this book first, and fell in love with the story and setting. The city in question lies literally shrouded in darkness, and it is dying. Two twelve year olds discover a lost set of instructions which may save the residents of Ember- and they're determined to figure out what they mean and how they are meant to help the residents. DuPrau thinks of everything here- how the townsfolk acquire their jobs, how they grow their food, where their energy comes from, and even the storerooms that the legendary "Builders" left to them. The big twist is discernible, if you really sit and consider what's really going on behind the scenes, but it doesn't lessen the enjoyment of the story and the direction of the plot. The story is slow in parts, and feels like there's more filler than necessary, but that could just be due to the fact that I read the graphic novel first, which distilled all the important points down into a manageable size. The characters are real and relatable. The city is described and fleshed out in great detail, and you can see how the days and nights are spent for the residents of this dark city. It seems appropriate and understandable to any child over the age of nine or so. My ten year old really enjoyed it, and we're excited to get to the next to see what happens!

Sep 01, 2019

This book is amazing. Highly recommend y'all to read it.

Jul 11, 2019

The book is very interesting all together. In a way one could see this book as a message of light and hope. It makes you feel so good in a way that not many books can. And although it does get a bit boring and stretched out at times, it’s a lovely story, with a plot line that glows like a lantern in the dark.

Apr 06, 2019

I give it a yeet out of 10

Jan 04, 2018

This has been and always will be one of my favourite books!

Dec 17, 2017

I seriously love this book!

Jul 31, 2017

everybody tells me its amazing i guess ill just haft find out my self i cant wait

Jul 20, 2017

This book is a very amazing read for a dystopian novel. I think the reading level is very simple and it can be easily read by a grade 6 and up. I read it in grade 8 so I wasn’t really interested because the vocabulary level was so simple, especially for a grade 8 but if it your first time reading a YA novel definitely read this book. The plot is also really good it’s about a girl who loves underground in a city and the city is falling apart and they need to get out. I think it is fantastic journey. 4 Stars. @bookreader14 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

In a city where everything was supposed to be forever, the power started flickering. In Ember, a young boy notices that each time, the power outs seem to last longer and longer. The threat of eternal darkness sets in nicely with the introduction of this young boy's journey to find his true identity and purpose. Unsure of who to trust in his rule-breaking, he is on a race against time to solve the city's biggest problem. With the uncovering of secrets, can he find a way to get the citizens of Ember out of the resource-dwindling city?
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This book proved to be very inspiring for me and has a very important message about not ever giving up. A girl named Lina switches jobs with another boy to become a messenger on Assignment Day. She reveals some unknown regions and tries to find a way out of the place they live. There are many problems the people in the city of Ember to deal with due to their insufficient light. Lina and her friend go on a miraculous but dangerous adventure and try to save their city from the darkness. Together, there might be a chance for them to find the passage leading out of the city where no one has been able to find before.
- @redninam of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Nov 10, 2015

city of ember is a really realy really old city. one part the power had shut down.

ps i only read a part of the book lol

Jul 21, 2015

This book is about a young girl and boy named, lina and doon. There city is underground.There is light bulbs that are hung from the top of there city. Lina and doon have assigned jobs from there high school. Lina works in the pipeworks and doon is a messenger. Doon asks lina to switch jobs and they did. Lina and doon find a document that has bin chewed up. They find out the message and it is the way out of ember! They follow the instructions and enter, the real world. The see a hole in the ground! The look down and there is the city f ember at the bottom. The write a message and drop it down the hole. And hopefully someone inds it.

Jul 12, 2015

This book is about two kids, Lina and Doon who are a couple of the people who live in the city of Ember. They are both very curious and their curiousity takes them out of ember the underground city with failing food and power. Then they will be able to lead the others out as well.

Jun 25, 2015

Two twelve years old are trying to find their way so they can get out of their underground city.
Will they ever find their way out of ember the underground city?

Sep 24, 2012

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.

Blue_Baboon_132 Aug 19, 2012

Lina wants to be a messenger but instead has to work underground.

May 04, 2012

The City of Ember is a magical story about two teens who finds their way out of a dark, underground city

Apr 18, 2012

In the City of Ember, lived two young teenagers named Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow. Surronding their city is nothing but total darkness. For 200 years, the citizens of the City of Ember lived in a world of amazing lights. But now, the buildings are crumbling, the supplies are decreasing and worst of all- the lights are starting to go out. When Lina finds an old box whos content may save the city from going to utter darkness, she discusses it with Doon. And unfortunately, as the contents of the box were ancient and that Lina's little sister has chewed on it, there are holes in the paper. The papers seem to be instructions for something..... can it be intructions to save their city?

lucky Jan 24, 2009

A young girl lives in a city where the lights are turned off at the exact same time every day, and where the generator that powers those lights is breaking down. Surrounding them is nothing but total darkness. Will she be able to save the whole city from living in utter darkness?


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Sep 19, 2013

But Ember is NOT prospering!!

Apr 25, 2013

“There is so much darkness in Ember, Lina. It's not just outside, it's inside us, too. Everyone has some darkness inside. It's like a hungry creature. It wants and wants and wants with a terrible power. And the more you give it, the bigger and hungrier it gets.”
― Jeanne DuPrau, The City of Ember

Blue_Baboon_132 Aug 19, 2012

Excellent just great

May 04, 2012

totally read it

Apr 19, 2012

A wonderful, interesting, action-packed book that gives this series off to a great start.


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Apr 25, 2013

Violence: pushing and shoving, mild

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