The City of Ember

The City of Ember

Paperback - 2004
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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, 2004, c2003.
Edition: First pbk. edition.
ISBN: 9780375822742
0375822747
Characteristics: 270 pages :,map ;,20 cm.

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SCL_Justin Aug 16, 2017

I’d known the storyline of Jeanne DuPrau’s The City of Ember from my time working in the children’s department, but on actually reading it I discovered there’s a lot less to it than I imagined.

Lina and Doon are twelve, so they’re assigned jobs in their underground city called Ember, which is all the world anyone knows exists. Lina gets to be a messenger and Doon is working in the Pipeworks. The thing is that the city is undergoing a crisis: they’re running out of supplies and things are breaking down more and more. Doon wants to save the city by figuring out how to fix the generator. Lina keeps dreaming of another city out beyond the darkness. The story follows these two kids dealing with the growing crisis that no one else seems to be handling.

It’s a simple story with much less urgency than you would think. There’s a chewed up message the kids are trying to interpret so they can be the saviours of everyone, but it’s more difficult than they’d first thought. There’s a none-too-subtle environmental message to the story, and kids rebelling against terrible authority, which is always fun. Good book with an easy straight-forward storyline. There are (necessary) sequels.

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violet_lion_567
Jul 31, 2017

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

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 20, 2017

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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Robyn2005
Jul 18, 2017

The City of Ember is packed with adventure and mystery. I couldn't stop reading and i'm glad there is a second book!

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mchelli
Jul 05, 2017

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 had 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.

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harsimratg123
May 02, 2017

This was an extraordinary book. The movie's trailer was awesome and it seemed so exciting to watch. There was a lot of plot and conflict and I really enjoyed that!
LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!

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Forest_fox
Apr 05, 2017

I first read this in 7th grade and I'm 25 now and It's still one of my favorite books, all the Ember books are incredible!

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haven7
Mar 24, 2017

I really enjoyed this adventurous book; the movie not so much!

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Tabaqui
Mar 22, 2017

An interesting concept that is well-written, but not terribly full of conflict. I don't know why, but everything seems to resolve too easily. Otherwise, a nice read with good characters and messages.

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navy_wolf_412
Feb 20, 2017

B.E.S.T. B.O.O.K. E.V.E.R.

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nathan2232664
Nov 01, 2017

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pawprints
Oct 30, 2015

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luvsing
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

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Glowingcute1750
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.

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baller4lyfe
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.

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FireMoon_000
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?

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isilme
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.

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chihchenl
May 04, 2012

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

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labladi
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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iamlord_voldemort
Sep 19, 2013

But Ember is NOT prospering!!
-Doon

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AlcoolismSteve
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

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chihchenl
May 04, 2012

totally read it

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labladi
Apr 19, 2012

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

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AlcoolismSteve
Apr 25, 2013

Violence: pushing and shoving, mild

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