The City of Ember (Books of Ember Series #1)

The City of Ember (Books of Ember Series #1)

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by Jeanne DuPrau
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0385736282

ISBN-13: 2900385736281

Pub. Date: 08/26/2008

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

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! This stunning debut novel

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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! This stunning debut novel offers refreshingly clear writing and fascinating, original characters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900385736281
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/26/2008
Series:
Books of Ember Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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The City of Ember (Books of Ember Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 8 ratings. 1480 reviews.
Julie_Price More than 1 year ago
Great story with colorful characters. Liked it a lot and days later I still hadn't forgotten it, nor have the kids and one of them is a fussy reader. Have recommended it to everyone.
Reads_a_lot More than 1 year ago
Okay, okay, I admit it. I watched the movie first. But in my defense...okay, I have no defense. Anyway, I read the book, too, and I found both absolutely amazing. It was a fantastic book, and I can't wait to get started on the rest of the series! I recommend this book to anyone, of any age!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved the way the book all of a sudden just grabbed my attention! It was like i was really there with the characters and everything. It made me feel like i just couldn't stop reading(which for me is unusual)it. I just wanted to tear through the book and read even more! It held my attention so well and made me want kind of want to be there with the characters!
AnnaCatherine More than 1 year ago
in year 2012 there is a breakout of the 3 plauges and 4 wars. That is when congress meets up and decides the only way to save the human race is to build an underground city, completly cut off from the rest of the world and keep people there for 220 years with all the suplies they will need in that time and no more, and a locked box containing instuctions for a way out of ember. In year 241 the peole are running out of everything and it lies in the hands of two twelve year olds to find the long missing instrucions and save the people of Ember.
Styx249 More than 1 year ago
A great book is on selfs near you. Its none other than the city of Ember by Jeanne Duprau. This great novel follows Lina Mayfleet and Doon on an amazing journey to save the underground city; Ember. This book will easily get you into the story, and the vivid descriptions help alot.I would recommend this book for ages 10-15. See ya! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD! YOU HAVE TO BUY IT! THE CITY OF EMBER ROXS! I RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good and i would highly recommend this to anyone with an imagination.This is the best thing science murder on the menu!!!Please read this you wont regret it!!!
Kbmartie More than 1 year ago
This book is unlike any other because of the setting. I recommend this to everyone especially children!
Jaylynn Valdez More than 1 year ago
I read this when i was 9 after i doind it in the library and couldnt put it down!! :)
Kelly Thompson More than 1 year ago
One of the best book I have ever read. very very good. very adventurous. love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story takes place in the city of ember. The city in always dark, with only tall floodlamps to lead the way. While they are going through old things in a closet, lina finds a note. Her younger sister poppy has been chewing it up. She reads it. She must figure out what the words are. They are instructions for saving everyone's life and abandoning the city forever. Her and her friend doon ddecide to follow the path. They find a small stell panel in the pipeworks below their city. Behinnd it is a key, which unlocks a door on the riverbanks. They open the door and go inside. They find a boat equipped with candles, matches, and a set of padddles. They climb down a nearby riverbank ladder. They place their boat in the water and climb in. It brings them to crazy rapids. It eventually slows down, and they are lead up a long path and innto a new city, one where light comes from the sky and they dont need to worry about lightbulbs anymore. They explore it. They find a large cliff and they see their city in a big black hole. This was a very inspiring book with an insane ending. I would give it thousands of stars if i could.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great adventure read. Also it's kind of a mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
City of ember is an amazing book to all kids (and adults) that love THE HUNGER GAMES and GREGOR THE OVERLANDER series. Amazing characters, great plot, but some parts you have to be prepared for, are slow. Overall great book! P.S never watch the movie though, its terrible
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ithought this book was very colorful, even thought ember has no color. It took me less than a day to finish and i cant wait to read the seqel. Lina and Doon, the main charectors, have to find a escape out of their desprate city. It definatly makes u think about what will happen next. Read it!!
Ladybug246 More than 1 year ago
i love this book! it takes you through an amazeing advinture and exitment and this is comeing from a 12 year old
Desire- More than 1 year ago
I read the book The Book of Ember. This book is a great book; there are 4 books in the series. I liked this one the best. My favorite character is Lina and Doon. They are smart, optimistic characters! They look for a way to keep the electricity going away! They find something much more intriguing! I really enjoy this book! This book is super great action packed book and I think anyone would like it! I think this book was really neat! The people live underground, which I have never heard of! I like how they make it forbidden for people to leave. The mayor was kind of creepy! I thought the box that poppy ripped was super neat! I think they will get out but im not sure!! I bet the people of Sparks(the name of the next book( will be super surprised to see people coming out of the ground! I know I would be. I really hope if you get this book that you will enjoy it! Have a great time reading!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book got me going from the minute i read the back it is now one of my absolute FAVORITE books i totaly recomend this book to everybody
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book and i highly suggest this book. It takes a few chapters to get good but once it does you will kick your legs with anticipation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've seen some of the movie at school but it was stolen so we didn't to see the rest. I sorta liked it but wasn't convinced. Is it good???????
Elizabeth Cisewski More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing!!!! It's full of adventure! There's even a movie and this book is part of a series read them all!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got a hold of this title by chance in a pre-release copy, and I am very happy I did! The setting for the book is unusual (always nice to find a new kind of alternate world!) and described in detail with words that make you feel like you understand what it would be like to live there. The main characters are well fleshed out and very sympathetic, with a great supporting cast of interesting and varied characters. The plot is straightforward but not predictable, with just the right kind of twists and turns. I very much enjoyed this book. Although it is aimed at a younger audience, adults and teens might like it as well as it has a blend of fantasy, adventure, and mystery all in one. If you enjoy reading Philip Pullman, JK Rowling, and the C.S. Lewis Narnia books, you definitely want to try 'The City of Ember'. It is a great fantasy story, and I'm very much looking forward to the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My teacher ms smith reading started to read me this- i liked it so i had to buy it!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book The City of Ember, written by Jeanne DuPrau, takes place in a dying town that is running out of food and energy. The main characters of the book are Lina and Doon who are young, brave risk-takers that want to save the city of Ember. In the beginning of the book Lina does not have a goal, but in the middle of the story she is determined to find the meaning of the Instructions and discover the solution to Ember's problems. On the other hand, Doon's goal is to fix the generator so there will not be any more blackouts. Their big goal is to save the people of Ember. Lina accomplishes her goal by working ambitiously to figure out the clues to her puzzle. Doon explores the Pipeworks, but is not able to fix the generator. However, he is able to help Lina find out the meaning of the clues. Doon and Lina are challenged by their selfish mayor and the stubborn people of Ember. The City of Ember is not the type of book I thought it would be; I thought it was going to have some romance, drama, and more than one storyline. Romance, to me, is when a boy and a girl show their feelings for each other. Instead of Lina and Doon having a romantic relationship, they have a very close friendship and help each other when they try to find the way out of the city of Ember. Lina and Doon talk about how they are running out of supplies and how the mayor is stealing all the food. What I would like to see in a book is more drama, for example, people growing up in tough neighborhoods or being members of gangs. Another reason why I didn't like The City of Ember is because it only has one storyline. Doon and Lina only talk about the Instructions and how to get out of Ember. They also talk about how they need more materials and how there are always blackouts. Instead, there could have been a person in a deep situation that she could not handle, like a teenager having a child at a young age. I did not like this book, but someone else may like it. I would recommend it to a person who likes mysteries and adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE The City Of Ember you should buy it NOW! Don't watch the movie first it ruinds it ALL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Verry good book. Iam on the third book. I love the series. It is verry intertaining.