City of Ember Book Review

Here’s another book review from the Mockingjay booklist!

Duprau, Jeanne. Books of Ember
City of Ember
People of Sparks
Prophet of Yonwood
Diamond of Darkhold

The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever!

Here’s my Goodreads review:

As someone who is claustrophobic, this book even started pretty creepy. The community lives underground, and apparently, has been living underground for a long time. Honestly, at this point, they probably should look like mole people, with big eyes and pale skin.

naked mole rat

The descriptions of what was happening to the community was giving me the heebie jeebies… running out of food and supplies and often losing power. Ack.

Thank goodness for the curious Lina. She’s not satisfied that there isn’t anything out there past the lights. And then when she finds a cryptic message in a box that her grandma had, she knows she needs to decipher it and figure out what it means.

With her friend Doon, she tries to find a way to save her family and all the citizens… of course it might be too late.

This was really good, but I think it might have been better if it was beefed up a little so that it was more for teens and less for kids. However, its a great read for 6-8 graders who aren’t yet ready for some of the meatier teen books.


About kitkat

I'm a teen services librarian in Chili (pronounced Chai-Lie) New York with a passion for engaging teens in the love of reading, libraries and having fun!
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