The City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1)



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 ThemThe City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1)

Jeanne DuPrau spends several hours of every day at her computer, thinking up sentences She has this quote taped to her wall A writer is someone for whom writing is harder than it is for other people Thomas Mann.This gives her courage, because she finds writing very hard So many words to choose from So many different things that could happen in a story at any moment Writing is one tough de Jeanne DuPrau spends several hours of every day at her computer, thinking up sentences She has this quote taped to her wall A writer is someone for whom writing is harder than it is for other people Thomas Mann.This gives her courage, because she finds writing very hard So many words to choose from So many different things that could happen in a story at any moment Writing is one tough decision after another But it s also the most satisfying thing she knows how to do So she keeps doing it So far, she has written four novels, six books of non fiction, and quite a few essays and stories Jeanne DuPrau doesn t write every minute of every day She also putters around in her garden She lives in California, where it s easy to grow everything from apples to zinnias Jeanne DuPrau doesn t have children, but she has two nephews, a niece, and a dog The dog lives with her His name is Ethan Jeanne and Ethan get along well, though their interests are different Ethan is not very fond of reading, for example, and Jeanne doesn t much like chasing squirrels But they agree on walks, naps, and trips in the car to surprise destinations Ethan also likes to help in the garden

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  • Paperback
  • 270 pages
  • The City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1)
  • Jeanne DuPrau
  • English
  • 06 September 2019
  • 0375822747

10 thoughts on “The City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1)

  1. says:

    Maybe 18 months ago, I came out of my office to find my 5 year old son laying in the hallway reading a book.He wasn t just flipping through a picture book, either He was actually reading it A book with all words and no pictures.This was that book He d read it with his mom a over a month s worth of bedtimes Then, of his own volition while walking through the hallway, he d pulled it off the shelf, sat down, and started to read it again.That s a recommendation beyond anything I can give it Maybe 18 months ago, I came out of my office to find my 5 year old son laying in the hallway reading a book.He wasn t just flipping through a picture book, either He was actually reading it A book with all words and no pictures.This was that book He d read it with his mom a over a month s worth of bedtimes Then, of his own volition while walking through the hallway, he d pulled it off the shelf, sat down, and started to read it again.That s a recommendation beyond anything I can give it About a week ago, I went on a car trip with Oot, and we listened to this book together I see why he liked it It s very tightly written Good setting Good mystery Two POV characters, one boy and one girl They each have their own plots, and their own character arcs Their own problems they struggle to resolve The boy gets angry sometimes, and his father talks to him about it, and the boy tries throughout the book to get a grip on his anger with varying success What s , they both make mistakes And they re obviously mistakes If only the boy would have told his father about X, things would have gone better It s kinda the opposite of Harry Potter It s nice to have that in a kid s book.Anyway Yeah Good book Good Audio Two thumbs up One from me, and one from Oot

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    The City of Ember is a young adult novel that is a fantastic allegory for spiritual awakening, though I have no idea if it was intended as such The story is of a girl who lives in an underground and completely self contained city created by the Builders The population of the city knows of nothing outside the city, in fact, though they speak English many of the words in it like sky are not understood in any terms but metaphorically The problem is that the city is falling apart, the lights The City of Ember is a young adult novel that is a fantastic allegory for spiritual awakening, though I have no idea if it was intended as such The story is of a girl who lives in an underground and completely self contained city created by the Builders The population of the city knows of nothing outside the city, in fact, though they speak English many of the words in it like sky are not understood in any terms but metaphorically The problem is that the city is falling apart, the lights are going out, the vast stores of supplies of light bulbs, canned food, and vitamins are running out The reader is in on a worse calamity, namely, that a secret message in a timed lock box that was left by the Builders, which was meant to be handed down from mayor to mayor and that would open just in time to explain to the city dwellers how to get out of the city, was lost many generations back Well, being a young adult novel it s pretty predictable in that the box is in our hero s closet, but a nice turn of events it is found by our hero s baby sister who chews on it for a while before our hero gets her hands on it leaving the message is only partially legible So the bulk of the story is the deciphering of the message, followed by the experience of trying to communicate its contents to the adults, who of course don t accept the message where else is there but here which is the equivalent of all prophets experiences of rejection by the status quo And finally, there is the adventure of eventual escape.This book reworks the universal theme of Plato s cave, and of all mysticism What we think of as the whole universe is but shadow, and further, that to enter that kingdom of heaven you must be like a child The insight that this version of that universal story led me to is part of the answer to why childishness is a necessary component of the transformation Children haven t yet become someone Which means who they are is not yet at stake For some reason our culture has this question what are you going to be when you grow up Think about the hidden structures and assumptions in that question Who are you Have you figured it out yet Is what you do, who you are Is what you believe who you are Is who you associate with who you are I write these questions myself in shadow not in the condition of childishness, and with all of this, as Quaker s say, a notion, i.e not something that I have experienced, but rather something I think But this thing that is mostly a notion for me, that the distinction between notional and experiential living is key to awakening, I am begining in small ways to actually experience

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    DuPrau makes a typical first time novelist mistake throughout this book she doesn t trust her reader to infer In other words, she often over explains, following up dialogue and action sequences with redundant descriptions of a character s take on what just happened Another disappointment is that the mystery of Ember unfolds in an entirely predictable manner There are no great surprises DuPrau s characterization of Doon is one dimensional His spurts of rage create the only complexity in an DuPrau makes a typical first time novelist mistake throughout this book she doesn t trust her reader to infer In other words, she often over explains, following up dialogue and action sequences with redundant descriptions of a character s take on what just happened Another disappointment is that the mystery of Ember unfolds in an entirely predictable manner There are no great surprises DuPrau s characterization of Doon is one dimensional His spurts of rage create the only complexity in an otherwise flat character Lina, on the other hand, rings true as a 12 year old throughout the book, with one exception when her grandmother dies, Lina s grieving process is so brief it feels like the author has ignored something very important The book s strongest element was the setting, Ember Throughout reading the book, I could see the dark, amber lights and the anxious people throughout the city I hope DuPrau will learn from some of her mistakes and produce a stronger sequel Ember is rich with possibilities for a greater story

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    Okay, but excuse meI THINK MY BOOK WAS MISSING THE FINALE collapses screaming Just so you know, this has a really INTENSE cliffhanger I have so many questions I need book 2 asap I really liked this story, I did, but I didn t love it I had a lot of quibbles Because I m a quibbler, okay And that stops me from bumping it up to a higher rating but I still rather loved it I also adore the movie and have a sever crush on Lina s shirt YES I do No shame I love her shirt.THIS SHIRT Okay, but excuse meI THINK MY BOOK WAS MISSING THE FINALE collapses screaming Just so you know, this has a really INTENSE cliffhanger I have so many questions I need book 2 asap I really liked this story, I did, but I didn t love it I had a lot of quibbles Because I m a quibbler, okay And that stops me from bumping it up to a higher rating but I still rather loved it I also adore the movie and have a sever crush on Lina s shirt YES I do No shame I love her shirt.THIS SHIRT GIVE IT TO ME, SOMEONE Ahem SO I adore that movie and my adoration leaks into my love and enjoyment of this story.It s written really simplyand is very firmly middle grade It reminded me a lot of The Giver s style Except that this waswordy The Giver was all for succulently crisp language, but I felt City of Ember dragged a bit Like long paragraphs and not so much dialogue Meh I found myself skimming at times and had to settle down and read properly A Brief List of Things I m Not Fond Of The endingI like a good cliffhanger I DO But it honestly felt like it ended mid thought I really wish there d beenbetween Lina and Doon I m not talking romance, HECK NO I m talking aboutintensity and sparks for their friendship They honestly felt like Eh, we could be friends and Eh, but maybe we won t be tomorrowit doesn t even matter to us AND THAT SADDENS ME I really like strong friendships Poppy.hmm I think it said she was 2 But she acts WAY younger than that Her age just wasn t consistent She was talking okay and then suddenly she could only toddle Then she was dribbling soup like she couldn t chew but then she was scribbling confidently with a pencil, which a small baby wouldn t do They d just chew the pencil SO I DON T KNOW I have many baby relatives, but who knows Everyone is different I did get rather bored a lot There really isn t a lot of adversary or action But despite ALL THAT, pfft, whatever I STILL LIKED IT Because, for starters, the idea is epic A dystopian where people are underground and they re relying on stockpiles of tinned food IT IS SOOOO COOOOL It s like an entire town of Hobbits Ahem And I love the whole old feel The book really felt old With the flickering lightbulbs and the second hand everything and the messes I was just really in the book And then I loved how Lina was SUCH a good big sister to Poppy N awww Be still my beating heart It s definitelyLina s story than Darrow s Although they do share the narration I love the names and the jobs and GAH Just the world is A A littleaction would ve been nice.something to break up the long paragraphs of just description and narration of what they were doing It needed a bit of a BANG, maybe Either way ME LIKEE DYSTOPIANS AND TINNED FOOD There is pineapple in this book, of which I highly approve And I love the premise and GAH I JUST NEED THE NEXT BOOK Also I need Lina s shirt So I m just gonna slip over to Ember and steal that Brb I need to rewatch the movie now

  6. says:

    This books makes you appreciate even the smallest of things that you may take for granted I look forward to seeing how the movie compares with the book

  7. says:

    My 12 year old son just knew I would love this book He s been hounding me to read it since early last spring Finally, I have read it and Jacob my son was right Omigosh What first hooked me were the vivid character descriptions that showthan tell, so the reader can draw their own conclusions The story is told in third person, limited in two different perspectives Lina Mayfleet, twelve years old, sat winding a strand of her long, dark hair around her finger, winding and unwinding My 12 year old son just knew I would love this book He s been hounding me to read it since early last spring Finally, I have read it and Jacob my son was right Omigosh What first hooked me were the vivid character descriptions that showthan tell, so the reader can draw their own conclusions The story is told in third person, limited in two different perspectives Lina Mayfleet, twelve years old, sat winding a strand of her long, dark hair around her finger, winding and unwinding it again and again Doon Harrow, also twelve, sat with his shoulder s hunched, his eyes aqueezed shut in concentration, and his hands clasped tightly together So I m busy marking up my paperback copy for examples to share with my own students when it becomesthan a coincidence that I m noticing the similarities between Ember, the city, and the Community in Lois Lowry s The Giver But then there is justandandI especially loved the questioning, like Lina s friend Clary s Where does life come from What is life and Doon s father s words of wisdom that sound strangely familiar What you get is what you get What you do with what you get, thought that sthe point and Pay close attention to everything, notice what no oneelse notices Then you ll know what no one else knows, and that s always useful

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    This is for my book report The City of Ember is all about these two regular kids saving their city Doon and Lina had never thought of being twelve years old and getting jobs Lina orriginaly got chosen to work in the sewers as a pipework s laborer,but Doon knew being a messenger wouldn t do anything to help save the city, so he traded with Lina Luckily, Lina just so happened to be a super fast runner and that s why she thought messenger would be a perfect job for her Doon wasn t the kind This is for my book report The City of Ember is all about these two regular kids saving their city Doon and Lina had never thought of being twelve years old and getting jobs Lina orriginaly got chosen to work in the sewers as a pipework s laborer,but Doon knew being a messenger wouldn t do anything to help save the city, so he traded with Lina Luckily, Lina just so happened to be a super fast runner and that s why she thought messenger would be a perfect job for her Doon wasn t the kind of boy who loved sports and computer games, he would rather be a quiet gentleman who paid attention to his bug collection all day long, spendingtime at the library than on the couch, so it wasn t normal for Doon to scream to others, The city of Ember is not prospering,in fact everything is getting worse and worse by the minute The lights go out all the time now and the shortages, the shortages are getting low on everything If no one does anything about it, something terrible is going to happen When Doon and Lina unite together to solve the mysteries of their city, they discover the truths of the past and the present Some people aren t as trustworthy as they seem to be When Doon and Lina figure out the last piece of the puzzle, they re stuck How should the City of Ember know about the great discovery they had made I would reccomend this book to anyone

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    Before The Hunger Games 2008 there was The City of Ember 2003.Well, that s not exactly true because, to be completely honest about it, before HG there were the Japanese novel 1999 and then movie 2000 Battle Royale from which only the blind would say that HG isn t based upon or at least heavily inspired by Which, don t get me wrong, is totally fine inspiration comes in every shape and form, and if a great book movie inspired HG author Suzanne Collins to write a great series, thenp Before The Hunger Games 2008 there was The City of Ember 2003.Well, that s not exactly true because, to be completely honest about it, before HG there were the Japanese novel 1999 and then movie 2000 Battle Royale from which only the blind would say that HG isn t based upon or at least heavily inspired by Which, don t get me wrong, is totally fine inspiration comes in every shape and form, and if a great book movie inspired HG author Suzanne Collins to write a great series, thenpower to her andfun to us readers So all is good Back to CE, the reason why I compare it to HG is because when it came out it was to my knowledge the first post apocalyptic YA to ever hit the market In that, DuPrau can only be praised for her originality and avant gardism But there the comparison ends Because if you re looking for poor kids fighting for survival in a beat up world, look somewhere else CE is not about that At all Rather, it isabout discovery both self and world , about not taking the truth that s given to us unquestioningly and instead go and look for another one despite all the obstacles along the way So again, if you re looking for point blank survival, full frontal fights and gruesome deaths, you re not going to get it in this book In this sense it is a very clean and very young reader oriented story, which, however, doesn t fail to catch the fancy of older readers as well, and thus transcends all age groups The two main characters, Lina and Doon, are very real, very relatable and very likable the story is very satisfactory, if somewhat a little slow paced at times the writing is very easy reading and will never make you scratch your head in confusion finally, the ending is great and will make you want to pick up book 2 right away.Long story short, it s a winner to me OLIVIER DELAYEAuthor of the SEBASTEN OF ATLANTIS series

  10. says:

    HEY LOOK WHO FINALLY READ THIS xD Confession I actually saw the movie first But I don t remember nearly anything from the movie SO I THINK WE RE GOOD Anyways, I ve been meaning to read this one for a while, and I m super glad I finally stopped procrastinating it This was really fun and bouncy and intriguing and I LOVED the storyline Although it maybe felt just a little creepy for an MG book Maybe that s just me though It was an easy read, and fairly fast paced The plot was really sim HEY LOOK WHO FINALLY READ THIS xD Confession I actually saw the movie first But I don t remember nearly anything from the movie SO I THINK WE RE GOOD Anyways, I ve been meaning to read this one for a while, and I m super glad I finally stopped procrastinating it This was really fun and bouncy and intriguing and I LOVED the storyline Although it maybe felt just a little creepy for an MG book Maybe that s just me though It was an easy read, and fairly fast paced The plot was really simplistic and kinda predictable to be fair, this could just be because I ve seen the movie but somehow it still worked The characters were. ok They felt really shallow, but this is MG after all I wasn t expecting super complex characters But I would have like for Lina and Doon to have changed over the course of the story nods Also, this was COMPLETELY CLEAN WOOT Nothing content wise that would make me feel uncomfortable giving this to anyone 10 However, that being said, this had decidedly humanistic undertones I think the author overdid it a little she pretty much just layered her worldview on over the story Which isn t necessarily bad, but when your worldview is humanism, then I don t agree with you xP So I m thinking this would be better for teens who arediscerning But, I did enjoy this book for its plot and creative premise Not sure if I should try the next one though HELP ME OUT, GUYS XD

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