Saturday, December 19, 2009

79. City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau

Audio read by Wendy Dillon
Published 2003
6 unabridged cd's
6 hrs. 52 minutes
288 pgs.
Rating: 3.5

Lina and Doon have grown up in the city of Ember, where electricity is on from a set time in the morning to a set time in the evening. When the electricity is off, it is completely dark everywhere. And the electricity is failing for longer and longer periods of time more and more frequently. It's been 200 years since Ember's been built. People are unsure of the future.

Then Lina and Doon, recently graduated from school to jobs (as a messenger, and in the pipeworks that keep the city electricity running), discover a message about a possible way out of Ember. It is riddled with holes and missing information, so they have to piece together the words and clues they discover.

We are left anxiously awaiting the next installment of the story with great anticipation. And three other titles have followed in the series:

#2 People of Sparks
#3 Prophet of Yonwood (a prequel to the whole story)
#4 Diamond of Darkhold

Linda DuPrau has a website, and there has been a movie made (with Bill Murray and Tim Robbins!). You can see the movie trailer on the website.

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