The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
AR Reading Level: 5.0
On the library stacks: Children's/YA Fiction
Awards: Book Sense Book of the Year Award/Honorees; ALA Notable/Best Books
Series: Book 1 of 4 (Ember)
Recommended for: Grades 3+
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The city of Ember is always dark. When it is time to wake up, the electrical lights that power the city turn on and everyone heads to school or work.
At the age of 12, the students are each randomly assigned a job. Lina and Doon swap their assignments so that Lina becomes a messenger, running messages through the city, and Doon works down in the Pipeworks. Lina and Doon both realize that the mayor is up to no good. There are frequent blackouts in the city and low food and light bulb supply rations seem to indicate impending disaster.
I thought this book had good ambiance, appropriate for the dark city of Ember. I enjoyed the story of Lina and Doon and their quest to save their dying city. It's good post-apocalyptic dystopian fiction appropriate for the younger grades, but I think older kids who enjoy the genre will like it too. As an adult reader, I read a spiritual awakening metaphor in the plot that I enjoyed mulling over.
Now that I've finally gotten around to reading it, I will let myself watch the movie...Well, maybe I'll wait until after my kids have read it first so we can all watch together.
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