The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

I read this book back in 2009, but I decided to reread it because I never read the rest of the series. You can check it out here.

Rating: [4/5]

Summary: The story follows Lina Mayfleet, a twelve-year-old girl living in a city called Ember. It’s the only place she’s ever known. The city is dark, the only light coming from streetlamps. However, the lights have been going out, and the citizens of Ember worry that the lights will soon go out forever. In addition, there seem to be shortages on all the supplies. Lina isn’t concerned at first, until her fellow classmate, Doon, has an outburst in front of the mayor on Assignment Day. Lina has to wonder, is there a way out of the city? And, if so, what lies beyond its borders?

Likes: The City of Ember is a really quick, easy read. I knocked it out in about a day. However, its story is really quite fascinating and it contains a lot of interesting dystopian elements. It also raises a lot of existential and philosophical questions.

Dislikes: The only fault I find with this book is that the conflict is resolved much too quickly and easily. However, since this book is aimed at younger readers, I suppose I don’t have much room to complain.

TL;DR: I would definitely recommend The City of Ember to anyone who likes dystopian books or is interested in YA fiction.

Agree? Disagree? Tell me in the comments!


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