The People of Sparks (Books of Ember Series #2)

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The People of Sparks picks up where The City of Ember leaves off. Lina and Doon have emerged from the underground city to the exciting new world above, and it isn’t long before they are followed by the other inhabitants of Ember. The Emberites soon come across a town where they are welcomed, fed, and given places to sleep. But the town’s resources are limited and it isn’t long before resentment begins to grow between the two groups. When anonymous acts of vandalism push them toward violence, it’s up to Lina and ...

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Overview

The People of Sparks picks up where The City of Ember leaves off. Lina and Doon have emerged from the underground city to the exciting new world above, and it isn’t long before they are followed by the other inhabitants of Ember. The Emberites soon come across a town where they are welcomed, fed, and given places to sleep. But the town’s resources are limited and it isn’t long before resentment begins to grow between the two groups. When anonymous acts of vandalism push them toward violence, it’s up to Lina and Doon to discover who’s behind the vandalism and why, before it’s too late.

Having escaped to the Unknown Regions, Lina and the others seek help from the village people of Sparks.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this ambitious sequel to The City of Ember, "DuPrau offers a thought-provoking novel about brinkmanship and the way societies can plant the insidious seeds of war," according to PW. Ages 8-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 4 9-In this sequel to The City of Ember (Random, 2003), DuPrau continues the adventures of Lina and Doon, who have led the 400 residents from the underground city of Ember to the unfamiliar world above. The refugees are tentatively welcomed, housed, and fed by the people of Sparks, located near the wasteland left by the long-ago Disaster that destroyed most of civilization. Conflicts arise between the two groups, mainly due to the differences between the sheltered, electric-powered life in Ember and the low-tech, farming-based existence in Sparks. As conflicts and violence escalate, Lina explores the wasteland and Doon finds himself caught up in the rhetoric of the militaristic and charismatic Tick. A dramatic conclusion brings the characters together and gives hope for the future of both groups, resolving the current conflicts but leaving room for future adventures. While remaining true to her characters and the building tension of the story, DuPrau clearly explores themes of nonviolence and when to stand up for oneself. The text smoothly involves new readers and fans of the first story, creating a range of three-dimensional characters in both the Ember and Sparks groups. While less gritty and mechanical than Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines (HarperCollins, 2003), and more interpersonal than Lois Lowry's The Giver (1993) and Gathering Blue (2000, both Houghton), this title will hold a similar appeal for readers who enjoy speculative fiction. This novel will make them stop and think, and its immediacy and drive make it a good choice for even reluctant readers.-Beth L. Meister, Yeshiva of Central Queens, Flushing, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
At the end of The City of Ember (2003), Lina and Doon had found the way out of their doomed underground home. At the opening of this hotly anticipated sequel, they have led some 400 survivors to the village of Sparks, a community of above-ground dwellers only just beginning to see prosperity after years of Disaster-induced privation. Although the citizens of Sparks uneasily welcome the Emberites, the two groups, propelled by suspicion, narrow-mindedness, and misunderstanding, find themselves battling over resources and power in a depressingly familiar dance. A climax such as the ending to the previous tale is by definition followed by an anticlimax, and this offering, deprived of its compelling setting and situation, has lost some of the drive and focus of its predecessor. Still, Lina and Doon remain engaging protagonists, and they are joined by emotionally credible new characters. Although some of the scenes deteriorate into set pieces ("One bad thing after another leads to worse things," muses Lina. "So you do a good thing, and that turns it around"), this fast-paced tale of post-Apocalyptic strife will resonate with new and returning fans alike. (Fiction. 9-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375828256
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/12/2005
  • Series: Books of Ember Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 26,804
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeanne DuPrau has been a teacher, an editor, and a technical writer. The People of Sparks is the sequel to The City of Ember and her second novel. She lives in Menlo Park, CA, where she keeps a big garden and a small dog.

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Chapter 1
What Torren Saw

Torren was out at the edge of the cabbage field that day, the day the people came. He was supposed to be fetching a couple of cabbages for Dr. Hester to use in the soup that night, but, as usual, he didn't see why he shouldn't have some fun while he was at it. So he climbed up the wind tower, which he wasn't supposed to do because, they said, he might fall or get his head sliced off by the big blades going round and round.

The wind tower was four-sided, made of boards nailed one above the next like the rungs of a ladder. Torren climbed the back side of it, the side that faced the hills and not the village, so that the little group of workers hoeing the cabbage rows wouldn't see him. At the top, he turned around and sat on the flat place behind the blades, which turned slowly in the idle summer breeze. He had brought a pocketful of small stones up with him, planning on some target practice: he liked to try to hit the chickens that rummaged around between the rows of cabbages. He thought it might be fun to bounce a few pebbles off the hats of the workers, too. But before he had even taken the stones from his pocket, he caught sight of something that made him stop and stare.

Out beyond the cabbage field was another field, where young tomato and corn and squash plants were growing, and beyond that the land sloped up into a grassy hillside dotted, at this time of year, with yellow mustard flowers. Torren saw something strange at the top of the hill. Something dark.

There were bits of darkness at first-for a second he thought maybe it was a deer, or several deer, black ones instead of the usual light brown, but the shape was wrong for deer, and the way these things moved was wrong, too. He realized very soon that he was seeing people, a few people at first and then more and more of them. They came up from the other side of the hill and gathered at the top and stood there, a long line of them against the sky, like a row of black teeth. There must have been a hundred, Torren thought, or more than a hundred.

In all his life, Torren had never seen more than three or four people at a time arrive at the village from elsewhere. Almost always, the people who came were roamers, passing through with a truckload of stuff from the old towns to sell. This massing of people on

the hilltop terrified him. For a moment he couldn't move. Then his heart started up a furious pounding, and he scrambled down off the wind tower so fast that he scraped his hands on the rough boards.

"Someone's coming!" he shouted as he passed the workers. They looked up, startled. Torren ran at full speed toward the low cluster of brown buildings at the far end of the field. He turned up a dirt lane, his feet raising swirls of dust, and dashed through the gate in the wall and across the courtyard and in through the open door, all the time yelling, "Someone's coming! Up on the hill! Auntie Hester! Someone's coming!"

He found his aunt in the kitchen, and he grabbed her by the waist of her pants and cried, "Come and see! There's people on the hill!" His voice was so shrill and urgent and loud that his aunt dropped the spoon into the pot of soup she'd been stirring and hurried after him. By the time they got outside, others from the village were leaving their houses, too, and looking toward the hillside.

The people were coming down. Over the crest of the hill they came and kept coming, dozens of them, more and more, like a mudslide.

The people of the village crowded into the streets. "Get Mary Waters!" someone called. "Where's Ben and Wilmer? Find them, tell them to get out here!"

Torren was less frightened now that he...

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The People of Sparks

    "The People of Sparks" is a novel by Jeanne DuPrau and is the sequel to the "City of Ember". Published by Random House Publishing Company, "The People of Sparks", is a Science Fiction thriller. In this epic adventure, the citizens of Ember leave there dying city and they arrive at a small town called Sparks. Sparks population is around 300, the biggest town within a hundred miles. As Emberities arrive, the people of Sparks don't know what they will do with them, as there is already a food shortage. The main problem in this book is that the people of Sparks want the Emberities out of there town and to go live somewhere else.

    The Emberities stay at a hotel; it's filled with mold and broken glass. They're assigned 5 people per room. They work for small amounts of food and that's when issues begin. This book is very interesting because Sparks started from nothing and grew into a town that's finally prospering. Doon Harrow, Lina Mayfleet and Tick are the main characters. Doon wants to know how everything works, while Lina is a lot calmer but wants to see a big city like the one in her dreams. Tick wants to solve the main problem using violence, but Doon and Lina know that violence just leads to more violence. I think this book made me realize that utopias aren't perfect and I really could relate to some of the characters. I recommend this book to all who have read city of Ember and are craving for more...

    23 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Strong followup to a strong debut

    At the end of THE CITY OF EMBER, Lina and Doon found their way out of their dying city. Now most of the Emberites have followed them, and are ready to begin a new life in a world they know nothing about. They never knew they were underground, and things on the surface are strange to them. The Emberites are taken in by a village called Sparks, and at first all seems to go well- but soon tensions grow up between the two different peoples. While Doon watches the troubles, tries to help and instead becomes embroiled in the worst of it; Lina wanders off in search of the white city she has so long dreamed of. These are characters you come to care about, to root for. The Ember series has much to say about hopes and dreams, fears and prejudices, and our very instinct for survival.

    21 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2010

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    Deep meaning

    This is a children's book that all adults should read. It has a deeper meaning of people learning to accept each other's differences. This is a very easy but good read.

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    READ THIS!

    If you read the book of ember......YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! It is the second in the series. It is full of adventure and excitement! Lina and Doon get caught in a fire in Sparks! Check it out.

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Loved it

    I had to do a book
    Report on it and i loved it so much now i have read it 4 times.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Awesome

    This book is amazing

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Love The Series!

    Great books, a must read series.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008

    A Book: The Peope Of Sparks

    The People Of Sparks starts off slow, and you may have thoughts of quiting, as I have. The middle of the book is very interesting. That where you start to question what will happen next. Thats one of the things I like about this book, that you will feel you never want to put it down. I've stayed up 'till 2:00am reading the book because it was so intriguing. The closer to the end you get, the more urge you have to read it.If you do read this book, read it all the way through. Just because its not interesting in the beginning, doesn't mean its boring throughout the whole book.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Great book

    If you read the first book you will love this book it is like the same but a little bit better then the first.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2011

    OMG!!!

    This boook is so awesoe! I'm only on page 27, and I already love it! I just can't put it down! I Luv this series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! READ IT! READ IT! READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2009

    People od Sparks (Good)

    I liked this book. I have to Admit, though, I liked the first one better. But this isn't a bad book. Far from it. Infact, this is a great book, just not as thrilling and adventrous as the first. In this one there is the adventure.. The adventure of the people of Sparks and the Emberites getting through their differences, the mystery of the Weapon, and more that I don't wish to reveal to those who havn't read it. I do ive it a 4 star rating though! Read it! You might like it more than I did! READ!!!!!!
    Yours Truly,
    XxBLxX

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2008

    A reviewer

    ok, this was the most coolest book EVER!!! i really luv science fiction, and the ember series are the best!

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Mason, 12

    I am only 12 but this book was great. It made total sense and had a lot of suspense. I read the first book of this series and it was great, then this book connected right into the first book. I was told not to read the 3rd book so now im on the 4th book and it is great. This is a must read series by jeane duprau. Awesome book. READ READ!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    What do i do!

    I want to read it but im actually reading catching fire at the moment and cant put it down do you think i should read the people of sparks

    7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2010

    Awesome! KInda.

    This book is really good and I recomend it to anyone who's patient. I didn't like that the book didn't have any action at all until the mid-end of the book. I liked the suspense of it when it happened. This book has been a very good book. I found myself reading it whenever I had time to. Kinda like how Lina drew on her spare time with the blank pages at the end of the book. I didn't like that at the end Torren didn't admit that he was the one who threw the tomatoes at the wall. This book is espiacally good book to those who are learning about the human footprint. It sends a very clear message of how that might be how we have to live in the future if we do't take action now. I give this book four and half stars. Read this book and I bet you'll agree with me. thanks for reading my review on this book!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Awesome

    Our class read the first book and it was amazing. I highly suggest this book to anyone who loves suspense and action.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Amazing

    In our class we are reading it and already I love it a lot.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Love it!!!!!

    This is one of the greatest book series I've ever read! A must read for lovers of mystery and suspense, it completely deserves 5 stars!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    G

    This book took away my intrest in the series. It was very boring. The City of Ember was very good so i bought The People of Sparks. I regret it. I am telling u i lost intrest in this book right away, DO NOT GET THIS BOOK! I think u should the city of Ember though- very suspenseful and the ending makes you wan't to tell the author to write on.( especially in the writing she used in the city of ember. I took me 7 months to finish this because i went and read another book because it intrested me more. I REPEAT THIS AGAIN, DO NOT GET THE PEOPLE OF SPARKS!

    6 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2011

    emberlover

    i loved this book all of the books in the ember series are GREAT i reccomend this to allllllllllllllllllllllll ages I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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