[REVIEW] The City of Ember – Jeanne DuPrau

Jeanne DuPrau
The City of Ember (Ember, Book 1)
Random House (US & CA: 26th August 2008; UK: 2nd October 2008; AU: 1st December 2008)
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Ember is running out of supplies. After graduating from school, Doon starts his job in the Pipeworks, hoping to really contribute to the community, and learn how dark the city’s problems are. Lina wants a foot in every pot, and all the help she can get – her grandmother, also her guardian, is on death’s bed.

Lina accidentally stumbles upon a centuries’-old escape plan, to the world outside Ember. Surviving a journey in a toddler’s mouth, the Instructions now have bits missing, and Lina and Doon must piece together what they can to find a way out of Ember, and a way of saving their city.

Jeanne DuPrau’s contribution to the fabulously innovative subgenre of dystopian YA is outstanding. It’s easy to relate to these characters, who often feel – and are – out of the loop. Their love for their city and desire for a better life elsewhere are emotionally realistic, and breaking out also challenges them physically. Life in Ember feels somewhat historical, so steampunk fans may flock to this, too.

Good news: there are two more novels in this sequence, as well as a prequel. Me want!

2 responses to “[REVIEW] The City of Ember – Jeanne DuPrau

  1. The Ember movie came out a year or two ago and pretty much flopped. It’s a shame because it was one of the most gorgeous kids’ movies I’ve seen.

    They built the whole downtown of Ember, and the sets were so massive the crew would get lost in them. Really, pretty amazing.

    • I think I heard about the film before the book. (Am I showing my age here? 😉 ) Never got around to seeing it, though, but I rarely get out to the cinema, and don’t have the quiet for DVDs…

      But the photos on the UK cover of the book are astounding! Must find more stills…

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