October 28, 2009

The City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau

Ages 9-12
Pages: 70
Publisher: Yearling
Release Date: May 25, 2004

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!

What an amazing concept! I love books like this one or like Hunger Games which happen to be set in a imaginary/realistic future. This is a kid's book -the characters are 12- but it is very much enjoyable for young adults. The writing was great and the story-telling was just so magical, maybe this impressed me because I don't normally read children books.

The characters were wonderful and unique. The plot kept you guessing, and wanting to know more. The cover is intriguing when you look at it and then genius after you've read it. Probably should point out that there is no romance involved in case you're always wanting some, like me. Also, I listened o this as an audio-book and I was stunned by it. It's one of the best audio-books I've listened to! The reader was awesome and the sound effects on the background made it feel so real, I feel like I walked the streets of Ember. So if you listen to audio-books, you should definitely check this one out!


  1. This is one of my favourite books. I simply adore it! Cool review.

  2. Oooh - comparing it to the Hunger games. It must be awesome!
    I've never listened to an audio book before. I'm shocked when I hear people say they're as good as the real thing.

  3. I saw this movie. If I knew it was a book, I would have waited. Thanks for the review.
    Elie (Ellz Readz)

  4. Great book. I read it but I should try the audio too.

  5. So happy you liked it!!! :)Can't wait to read your revie about the next one..:)

  6. I loved this book when it came out. I've read it several time to my students. They've enjoyed it as well.

  7. I had read this book. Its very interesting.

  8. I haven't paid much attention to this one for some reason, but you've definitely convinced me. Sounds fascinating.

  9. I love that you've reviewed an "older" book, and such a fun one at that.


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