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City of Ember

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 by in Book Reviews |

City of Ember

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? (From

This is a really good simple read.

There’s not a whole lot of action like Legend and Divergent but it’s a great book.

We follow Lina and Doon (I believe those are their names?) and conveniently, Lina’s sister Poppy finds the Instructions out of Ember. Also, she chews it up and our two main characters have to figure out these instructions.

Characters were okay. They seemed kind of the same? I know Doon likes bugs and Lina likes drawing but the way they talked wasn’t that unique. They didn’t have their own…voice I guess? Personality? (I have no idea what I’m talking about)

I loved the idea of the underground city. Unrealistic, yeah I know but I liked it. Obviously, the society here isn’t that educated on trees and stuff.

And the Unknown or that dark place thing. (I read the book a while ago sorry.) I wonder what’s in there. I was hoping someone would take a candle and go there.

Most likely, the Builders drilled their way so they could make Ember. A very wide tunnel. Maybe that’s the dark thingie?

Or it leads to that city Lina imagined? Ember is a freaking cave there is no way that the dark thingie lasts forever. Or maybe it’s just nothing like when you go down a little path in Minecraft and…nevermind.

Overall, 4 out of 5