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Persnickety Snark’s FIVE Challenge, Day 3: Great Series

Today, December 23, is the third day of Persnickety Snark’s FIVE Challenge, and today’s particular challenge is…Great Series!

Adele’s list may be YA only, but I’m including all age brackets. Oh, and these aren’t all published in 2010 – I just read them in 2010. Better late than never 😉

Anyhoo, here we are, counting down from 5 to 1 – yes, I do play favourites:

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[REVIEW] The Prophet of Yonwood – Jeanne DuPrau

Jeanne DuPrau
The Prophet of Yonwood (Ember, Book 3)
Random House Yearling (US & CA: 8th May 2007)
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This third book of the Ember series is actually a prequel. Nickie Randolph has temporarily moved to Yonwood, North Carolina, to help her aunt get their ancestor’s house ready to put on the market. Finding a girl and a dog in an upstairs closet is just the first strange thing Nickie discovers about the town.

Eleven-year-old Nickie is certainly goal-oriented, and like Lina and Doon from the other novels in this series, she often launches into her investigations without stopping to think of others. And I expected more from Hoyt McCoy’s storyline, which is kind of anti-climactic.

War between the United States and the Phalanx Nations (what?) is imminent, but the people of Yonwood seem to think they can prevent it by following “orders from God”, as seen by a prophet, and interpreted by a midguided bitch. Everything from keeping the lights off, to…well, the bus scenes are simply heartbreaking. And what’s most frustrating is that the townsfolk totally do everything the interpreter says, even if they don’t agree. Not cool, y’all!

The Prophet of Yonwood explores theology, philosophy, post-9/11 paranoia and fearmongering, and love. A great spark for serious discussions about big issues, the story still remains relevant to kids. Prepare to be frustrated with the characters, but the novel is nonetheless engrossing. These four volumes have made a fabulous series, a must-have for inquisitive children – and adults, too.