[REVIEW] The People of Sparks – Jeanne DuPrau

Jeanne DuPrau
The People of Sparks (Ember, Book 2)
Random House (US & CA: 12th April 2005; UK: 2nd February 2006; AU: 3rd April 2006)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Four hundred people from Ember have made it into the outside world, to a town where they’ve decided to integrate. The people of Sparks, however, have different ideas. They feed, house, and train the refugees, but supplies are dwindling and tension is rising.

Jeanne DuPrau brings up some big issues in a non-preachy way. Warfare, refugees, greed, hunger, toil, secrets, and lies are all major players, but the characters make these elements work. Lina and Doon are definitely flawed, but stick with them and they’ll come through. Realistic, relevant, thoughtful, entertaining, and emotional, The People of Sparks is a brilliant sequel to tough-to-beat The City of Ember. I’ve already reserved my copy of The Diamond of Darkhold

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