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 them?
I thoroughly enjoyed this plot. From the start, I was drawn in by their world and fascinated with the dystopian elements. Thankfully, there actually wasn't violence or action, but the story was still complete without it. The whole mystery had me sucked in and I couldn't put it down.
I really like Jeanne DuPrau's writing. It was well done, and I was never disappointed. it flowed onto the page and is easily read, but is complex at the same time.
For the most part, I liked Lina and Doon. They had their flaws but were also great characters in many ways. There was death, but I found that there wasn't all that much grief. That's what really bothers me in books.
Talk about a cliffhanger!!! I was very satisfied with the ending, though. The story wrapped up perfectly, but left people wanting more of the story.
I'm so glad I read this amazing book. I will be picking up the next one very soon, and hope to enjoy it as much as I did this book.
There wasn't any action or violence, but it was still a great story without it. I would say 4th+ because any younger wouldn't appreciate the story like middle graders would.