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The City Of Ember: The First Book Of Ember

by Jeanne Duprau

Random House Children's Books | May 25, 2004 | Trade Paperback

The City Of Ember: The First Book Of Ember is rated 4.4667 out of 5 by 30.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 7.57 × 5.19 × 0.71 in

Published: May 25, 2004

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375822747

ISBN - 13: 9780375822742

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for Education As a teacher I have found this book to be perfect fo use within the English sphere. I created a unit novel study oased on this book where the students learn about the major themes within the novel. Government and enviroment are primarly the main focus of the unit. The novel is light but packs a powerful message. I hope that this book will be allowed to be taught within the classroom primarly within the grade 9 sphere.
Date published: 2014-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best dystopians out there. My friends have asked me to write a review for this book as it is one of my all-time-favourites. This was my very first dystopian novel and I fell head over heels for it. This book made me realize I loved this genre, much like when Shannon Hale and Patricia C. Wrede made me realize I loved fantasy novels. The world of Ember was somewhere I have never seen (read) before. Every thing was like a puzzle and it kept me guessing. Beautiful world building and I cannot express my love for this entire series. Dystopian lovers, this should be a must-read for you guys.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it A really good book. It was an easy read but I did not want to put it down. I had to know what was going to happen to the citizens of Ember.It is very different from the normal Earth stories you read. There is a book 2 which i will most definitely buy! :) The movie was just as good as the book!
Date published: 2010-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Series! I picked this book up at my local library and loved it so much that I had to go out and buy the rest of the books at the bookstore because I couldn't wait for them at the library!
Date published: 2010-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved this book k, so, this booook was 1 of my favorite books ever! i have read the whole series now ans i have loved them all, if u get confused as y they are under ground, just keep reading, it will tell you everything in the people of sparks (next book) and the prophet of yonwood ( prequil)
Date published: 2010-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Electrifyingly Good! The idea of a place like Ember is frightening. From the beginning of the book, the reader is aware of the physical seclusion and isolation of the city of Ember and its citizens. Seclusion from what, however, the reader does not know. The “Builders” of Ember manufactured the city a long time ago, but the reader doesn’t learn why until the end of the book by reading a journal left by one of the first citizens of Ember. The reader also learns immediately about the important instructions the “Builders” have left for when the city expires, that is, the calculated amount of time when Ember’s citizens are supposed to exit the city. This is because of the calculation of when supplies will run out and also how long it will take for the “new world” to be safe. Through the adventures of the books two main characters, Doon Harrow and Lina Mayfleet, “The City of Ember” is a prelude to something more. It details the discovery of the accidentally lost instructions and how two 12 year olds put the pieces back together to find out how to exit the city and hopefully save the people they know and love, as planned out by their ancestors. This book also addresses issues of conservation, minimalistic living, and is very much about appreciating the abundance that the world we live in has to offer. This book also ended on a great note, leaving the reader wanting answers but not feeling unsatisfied. While the writing and dialogue is simple, it doesn’t lack good storytelling. This book may have been better if written for an older audience, but is entertaining nonetheless.
Date published: 2009-08-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good and interesting read It’s certainly a very different world. Ember is a dying city where blackouts happen frequently and no one has ever ventured into “Unknown Regions” because it’s all darkness and there’s no such thing as portable light. It’s hard to describe the city but it’s one where everything seems to be recycled. Even scrap wood parts and pieces of yarn because they have a limited amount of supplies and it’s dwindling fast (pencil crayons go for premium here!). It’s certainly hard to imagine a city such as this where they don’t even know what candles are (you’ll see if you read this book). There’s a lot of mystery and unanswered questions, naturally as this is the first book. However I think it’s a great buildup of action and intrigue that makes it a great fast read. It’s certainly a quick one, as I started last Sunday and haven’t picked it up until today and finished it all. It certainly was interesting enough to go through an entire evening reading. I think it’s because the setting is different and there’s enough plot to keep your interested. The characters are likable enough as the two main ones (Lina and Doon are very outspoken and individualistic which makes them stand out from the rest of them). I think it’s rather nice to just have two central characters in this book, too many would have ruined it and would have made things all muddle and confusing. Be sure to pick this book up if you’re into something different!
Date published: 2009-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! The city of Ember is a one of kind book. First of the topic: they live underground and the world has ended on the surface world...how COOL! Soo anyways the books starts off on constuction day, where the 2 builders are discussing the City's future. They decide to leave instuctions in a time lock which will automatically open in 220 years. In the lock are instructions on how to exit the city. Each mayor has to keep it it a secret and pass it down to the next mayor, but when the seventh mayor tries to open it, he dies and the lock is left hidden in a closet for 240 years. It is Graduation day in the city of Ember, and the kids have to pick out jobs, Lina pulls out the job as pipeworks labourer and Doon picks out the job as messenger. Doon trades with Lina, because in the pipeworks is the generator, and Doon has some ideas on how to fix it. When Lina finds a piece of paper with strange clues she decides it could be important. Doon and Lina discover that the paper is instuctions on how to exit the City. While figuring this out they discover the Mayor has been keeping supplies for himself. They tell the people but are wanted for "spreading viciuos rumors". Before they leave the city Lina takes her little sister Poppy with them. They leave on a boat by the river and discover the surface world. They discover that Ember was underground all along. Lina and Doon write a note and send a note with the instructions on how to leave the city with a rock. Down at Ember Ms.Murdo finds the note..... It's the perfect debut for the books of Ember :]
Date published: 2009-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The City of Ember This heart warming tale kept me wanting more! It's a great book indeed! I personally suggest renting the movie first, for the book is a little harder to follow, but the book is way better than the movie in many ways! For example, the book goes much more in-depth at times, and let's you image the characters rather than having a pre-selected image. In comparison to other books it is definitely one to buy! It's science fiction that would interest everybody. Unlike most science fiction, in which is extremely out there, this book stays down to earth, keeping all logic still there, and only adding somewhat unrealistic concepts on the rare occasions. In regards to the over all plot, the story is very original! I've never seen a book with such an interesting concept! There are similar books I've read, in the sense that it is a race against time to save the human race, but this is the first time I've seen the problem being on shortages of items needed to live and not about monsters trying to kill! In conclusion, I highly suggest this book! I think it deserves a full 5 star rating! I, indeed, LOVED this book! Thanks for reading, and I hope that you enjoy the book as much as I did if you ever read it!
Date published: 2009-04-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Revision I reread the book and this time payed very close atention to the words. I found I got much more out of the book this time. So if you decide to read it make sure you take your time.
Date published: 2009-04-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not The Greatest I enjoyed the book throughly. It had a very good plotline. Tho very interesting it was quite perdictanble. I had read the second book before I read this so I had an idea of what was going to happen. I found this book to be a bit more childish than the second. I would recomend it to people from the ages of 8-12. ( But I'm not a book cridict I'm just a person who enjoyed the book).
Date published: 2009-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cooooool Booooooook This was an amazing book about some cool kids in a genesis society. I really enjoyed it because it is an amazing story about mystery and poverty and pain. But also happiness, triumph, and valor. But I would not reccomend the movie because it is absolutely foolish, and does the book no justice. This is a great book, though, and I highly reccomend it.
Date published: 2009-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Bad The City of Ember has a good plotline, and was written quite well, and I found it to be enjoyable. But I did find the story to be more for a younger group of people, and that the majority of the story was quite predictable, although the story still had some curveballs to throw the reader off. If you have a child or a young relative or friend, I suggest this book as a gift. I think the book does not do well to make it appear as a good book, despite the great characters. I think a passage of the writing on the back cover would make more people pick it up. Overall, this book was quite good.
Date published: 2009-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from enthralling this was an ammazing book!!! i jsut recently watched the movie and it did no justice whast so ever. i eman tehy didn't even get the ending right. so if you;ve watched the movie and have'nt read the book i suggest the book cause its a million tiems better :)
Date published: 2009-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I hear the movie is equally enjoyable. Doon and Lina have just graduated from their final year of school at the age of 12, and consequently experience the right of passage bestowed upon all the people of Ember at this stage; Assignment Day. They receive their jobs from the mayor and set out to do their civic duties as many others before them, but when Lina stumbles across a message that appears to be from ‘the Builders,’ creators of the City of Ember, it is clear that theirs is a much more burdened fate. The City of Ember is a fascinating tale of a dystopian society, where a young boy and girl in all of their bravery and desperation, work together to try and save their beloved people from a looming eternal darkness. This being the first Book of Ember in a series that currently consists of four, all questions were not answered by its completion, but I look forward to moving on to the second book and unravelling more of the saga. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2009-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great! This was so good! It may not look very good and if my English teacher hadn't made us read it....I would have never read it. The cover is so dull and the description on the back wasn't that capturing. But the book was just amazing! I love the characters, Doon and Lina and the setting in Ember. Some parts of the book was sort of predictable and some parts just came like...BOOM! I had no idea it was coming. My favourite part was when Doon and Lina was decoding the letter on chapter thirteen. It was so cool and I was decoding some of the message myself and guessed sometimes very similar to what Lina or Doon guessed, and sometimes I was way off. But if you ever have no book to read or you're bored, READ THIS BOOK! You will not regret it for sure!!
Date published: 2008-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Underground Fantasy!" In the city of Ember,the people have always thought their city was the only light in the world. There's a boy and girl called Lina and Doon. As the lights of the city begin to flicker on and off,everyone becomes desperate. Later in the book,Lina finds a piece of paper with holes that seems to be the only way out of the city.Doon and Lina then works hard to decipher it. But as they plan to announce it to everyone,some unexpecting things happens......
Date published: 2008-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Underground for a very long time Doon and Lina, start working at the age of twelve...All the kids start working at that age in the city of Ember. They were once great friends but not anymore until Lina finds something she thinks is important to save the city of Ember from dying out quickly. They have to work together to decipher the mysterious words...Will Ember die off so easily? This book will take you on a magical and wondrous journey and tell you all about life worth consuming anything...nothing is wasted.
Date published: 2008-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous book - very interesting premise. The cool thing about this book is that as readers if we read the blurb about the book we pretty much know that these people are living in a city underground but the characters in the book don't know that! Ember has been around for over 200 years so the people alive today don't know anything different. The sky is black all the time. You only know it's day time when the clock strikes 6 am and the lights get turned on. But Ember is starting to run out of things - food, pencils, even lightbulbs!! The story follows two 12 year olds - Lina (girl) and Doon (boy) (and they each get their own chapters so boys and girls would enjoy it) as they try to help Ember. Lina finds a secret message and they set out on a gigantic adventure. And we the reader learn a little bit more about their lifestyle every step of the way. It is a fabulous book and I can't wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2008-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very intresting! i thought it was a good book!
Date published: 2008-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great Book This book is a very well written book. It has an original concept and has a lot of events leading up to the concluson. The author does a great job making the book like a ladder and each rung has a seperate event. I would recomend this book to anyone that is in grade 4 or higher.
Date published: 2008-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Exciting! Even if you don't find the cover attractive, unlike me, don't hesitate to pick it up from the shelf. This is an absolutely amazing book. The characters are interesting, and it is written in a very new way, descriptive but simple.
Date published: 2007-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC I would give this book a 10 out of 10 for interest. It was fantastic, hooking and suspenseful. With the perfect balance of imagination vs. reality and world issues, Jeanne Duprau has written 2 sequels. Be sure to read 'the people of the sparks' and 'the prophet of yonwood'. All highly recomended for kids ages 8-12
Date published: 2006-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book! this was a wonderful book!! when i firstpicked it up i was in a rush and didnt expect much from it. man was i wrong!!!! it's a very mysterious book and i cant wait to get to the book store to buy the people of sparks!!!
Date published: 2006-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I may not qualify in the 9-12 range, but this book was fantastic. It really makes you think about how our own world is today, and whether or not this could happen to us. A great read and a great series!
Date published: 2006-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was spectacular. It was more realistic than I thought, with realistic problems. It also showed the face of corruption that would most likely occur in dire circumstances like that. The book was well written and surpirsingly realistic. Even though it did not answer the question of why the City was created. Very well written. Highly reccomended.
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever!! I think that this book is absolutely amazing! I think this is the best book i have ever read! In this book Lina and Doon get stuck in problems but the way they solve them are amazing!! When i finished this book i knew i had to read it again! I think that Jeanne Duprau is a genious to come up with such a great storyline for young readers to follow. I would recommend everyone to read this amazing book!
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from the city of ember This book is absolutely amazing. It kept me hanging off the seat the whole time. Once I finished reading it, i knew i needed to get the second one, and quick! The problems that Lina and Doon get into, and the way they solve them, are very interesting. I recommened getting the book, it is amazing, how two kids could do so much. It's a great book. :)
Date published: 2005-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Interesting and Captivating I can not wait to read the sequel! This book contained so much imagination and interesting plots it was wonderful. The underground city of Ember was a very very well thought up city and it had everything. Even the unkown regions. Doon Harrow and Lina Mayfleet are well made characters and make a great pair in fighting against the mayors scandals. This book made me eager to turn the page and read what would happen next. Everything would fall into place with clues and hints of how to get out of Ember, the failing city. Slowly but surely the pair find clues as to how to get out, clues that are un noticable until later in the story and are quite tricky to put together. Everything that happens is so interesting and never boring or predictable. An excellent read!
Date published: 2005-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Something for everyone! This is a good book! It's a little short and the ending is a cliffhanger that would annoy some people, but overall it's pretty great. There's a sequel happily so you won't be left hanging for too long! It has a face-paced plot with characters that are easy to relate to.
Date published: 2004-12-07

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The City Of Ember: The First Book Of Ember

by Jeanne Duprau

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 7.57 × 5.19 × 0.71 in

Published: May 25, 2004

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375822747

ISBN - 13: 9780375822742

About the Book

The critically acclaimed novel--DuPrau's electric debut that offers refreshingly clear writing and fascinating, original characters--is now in paperback.

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The Instructions When the city of Ember was just built and not yet inhabited, the Chief Builder and the Assistant Builder, both of them weary, sat down to speak of the future. “They must not leave the city for at least two hundred years,” said the Chief Builder. “Or perhaps two hundred and twenty.” “Is that long enough?” asked his Assistant. “It should be. We can’t know for sure.” “And when the time comes,” said the Assistant, “how will they know what to do?” “We’ll provide them with instructions, of course,” the Chief Builder replied. “But who will keep the instructions? Who can we trust to keep them safe and secret all that time?” “The mayor of the city will keep the instructions,” said the Chief Builder. “We’ll put them in a box with a timed lock, set to open on the proper date.” “And will we tell the mayor what’ s in the box?” the Assistant asked. “No, just that it’s information they won’t need and must not see until the box opens of its own accord.” “So the first mayor will pass the box to the next mayor, and that one to the next, and so on down through the years, all of them keeping it secret, all that time?” “What else can we do?” asked the Chief Builder. “Nothing about this endeavor is certain. There may be no one left in the city by then or no safe place for th
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From the Publisher

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.

From the Jacket

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.

"From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Jeanne DuPrau has written several books of nonfiction for children and adults. She has been a teacher, an editor, and a technical writer. The City of Ember is her first novel for middle graders. She is currently working on the sequel at her home in Menlo Park, California, where she keeps a big garden and a small dog.

Editorial Reviews

USA Today "DuPrau’s first foray into fiction creates a realistic post-apocalyptic world. Reminiscent of Robert O''Brien''s Z for Zachariah , DuPrau’s book leaves Doon and Lina on the verge of the undiscovered country and readers wanting more." Starred Review, Publishers Weekly "Thanks to full-blooded characters every bit as compelling as the plot, Lina and Doon’s search parallels the universal adolescent quest for answers. An electric debut!" Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews "Well-paced, this contains a satisfying mystery, a breathtaking escape over rooftops in darkness, a harrowing journey into the unknown, and cryptic messages for readers to decipher. The likeable protagonists are not only courageous but also believably flawed by human pride. The cliffhanger ending will leave readers clamoring for the next installment." Starred Review, Voice of Youth Advocates "While Ember is colorless and dark, the book itself is rich with description. DuPrau uses the puzzle, suspenseful action, and lots of evil characters to entice readers into the story. They will find the teen characters believable and gutsy. Part mystery, part adventure story." The Horn Book Magazine "The device of a hidden letter, complete with missing words, is used with such disarming forthrightness that readers will be eagerly deciphering it right alongside Doon and Lina." An ALA Notable Children’s Book A Kirkus Reviews Editors’ Choice A New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and
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Bookclub Guide

1. Doon and Lina like very different things. Doon wants to work in the Pipeworks; Lina yearns to be a messenger. Doon likes to study how things work. Lina likes to run and explore. But their friendship grows because they are ultimately searching for the same thing. How do they complement one another and help one another develop through the novel?

2. Earth today has many environmental and social issues. What sort of problems could have led to the building of the City of Ember?

3. Clary tells Lina, “Everyone has some darkness inside.” (p. 168) Light and color both play very key roles in the novel. In what ways, other than the failing street lamps, are color and light important?

4. The possibility of never-ending darkness changes many of Lina’s friends and many of the townspeople. She discovers that her friend Lizzie has begun to accept things from Looper, who is stealing things from the storerooms. Why does Lina turn down the gifts that Lizzie offers her? Do you think that she was right to do so?

5. The city of Ember was built when people were worried that the human race might not survive. Do you think this was a good plan?

6. The mayor is the most corrupt character in the novel. He squelches the thirst for knowledge and limits freedom, yet the majority of the townspeople just accept his behavior. Why do you think they act this way? What other actions might they have taken?

7. People react in various ways when they feel threatened. How do the people of Ember react to danger? Have you seen people reacting to danger in these ways? How are Poppy’s actions important to the plot?

8. At the end of the novel, Lina, Doon, and Poppy have discovered a sunlit earth. What do you think will become of them in the sequel? Do you think that there are other people on the surface?

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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