The City of Ember

The City of Ember

Jeanne DuPrau

Synopsis of The City of Ember

The city of Ember was built deep underground 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.

Reviews of The City of Ember


It seems as if DuPrau is hedging her bets for a sequel, and readers who have followed Lina and Doon through their trials and tribulations deserve a greater sense of release and resolution than she is willing to provide in this first installment of their saga. -- Michael Berry, The San Francisco Chronicle

A must-read for this summer! -- Jennifer Galvin, The Boston Herald

Once I...d started, I found it impossible to put the Book down. -- Tracy Farnsworth, Round Table Reviews

Deciphering the clues from the damaged Instructions will keep readers guessing, despite some predictable plot twists in the center section, and they will be rooting for the appealing main characters. -- Matt Berman, Common Sense Review

Local Author Jeanne DuPrau first novel for children is a highly readable, page-turner of a science fiction adventure. -- Maya Spector, City of Palo Alto Library

It was very easy, even though it didn't jump right into the Book, it still was fun and easy. -- Maddy Morley, cool-reads

Jeanne DuPrau has created a novel which is gripping, full of unexpected outcomes and which leaves the reader clamoring for more. -- Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review

This is a gripping novel with likeable characters, a fascinating setting, and a suspenseful plot. -- Sondra Eklund, SonderBooks