Monday, October 11, 2010

Review: The City Of Ember

This enrapturing tale begins when the City of Ember was built. Only a limited number of supplies were stocked in the underground civilization. The builders of this great city carefully counted each day that passed so people would know which day of the week it was. Everything was carefully planned... even the people's escape from Ember. But time passed by and the instructions for the leaving of the city were lost in the deep closets of scraps and thingy-ma-bobbers. 200 years have passed when our real story begins. The lights of Ember are flickering out and quick. Supplies are running out. Even simple things like oranges were long gone. Lina just graduated from her school and had just got her job as messenger. Soon she finds fragments of an ancient message... the map to the way out of Ember. Lina and her friend Doon try to unravel and untangle these twisted clues, for darkness was coming soon. "There is nothing out there. Nothing at all!" says everyone. No one believes that there is a world beyond their own. Will Lina and Doon find a way out of Ember? Or will they forever be in the darkness? ... Wandering the unlighted streets of ancient Ember!

The story is one of those where you HAVE to finish the book and continue through the series. It starts out introducing the characters, the main characters anyway, Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow. Then continues when Lina finds the Builder's instructions and how they slowly, piece by piece, put it back together. It makes you think -- what if this happened in the future? Would the events be the same? You almost try to figure out the message yourself but always get stuck and have to wait until their figure it out. 
I had to read this book for school, but I still enjoyed it(not something I do a lot when it's a school project). I definitely recommend it to those who like books that keep you page-turning. This is your match!

Rating for book: ♥♥♥♥♥
Rating for cover: ♥♥♥♥♥

Overall: ♥♥♥♥♥

200+ Reading Challenge

Reading Level:
Ages 9-12

Book 1 of 4 in the series of: Book Of Ember
Followed by: People Of Sparks

If you like this one, you'll love The Giver by Lois Lowry.

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