by Jeanne DuPrau
Imagine living in a world of darkness. Where the only light comes from your electrical lights, but beyond your city, beyond it's streetlights, is a vast place of nothingness but the darkness. This is Ember. While the lights have worked since it became a city over 200 years ago, they are starting to flicker. And blackouts have started, blackouts no one can stop. And when the only light in a city is gone, what happens to that city and all the people in it? Lina and Doon might not be the only 2 people in the city worried about what happens when the lights turn off forever, but they might be the only ones with the courage to do something about it.
City of Ember is an interesting book about a place built to ensure the survival of the human race, a place built to survive when the rest of the world collapses upon itself. The characters themselves are well developed and relatable. Tweens might particularly enjoy the parts of the book where Lina and Doon have to figure out what simple words like 'boat'' or 'match' mean and how they relate to the world outside them. A world they are hoping to discover.
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
Grade Level: 5th Grade
Series Information: Book 1 of a 4 part series (City of Ember, People of Sparks, Prophet of Yonwood, The Diamond of Darkhold.\)