City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
The librarian recommended City of Ember as “Hunger Games Lite.” I think she meant it in the sense thatCity of Ember takes place in a post-apocalypse dystopian world. DePrau’s setting is vivid, evocative, and so interesting. The two main characters, Lina and Doon, are twelve and receive their work assignments on their final day of school. Neither of them likes what he/she receives, and their reasons and solution make for a great story.
I liked the secondary characters in this book very much. And while the denouement of this story clearly leads into the sequel, the ending was satisfying.
Thumbs up on City of Ember. I have the sequel and will be reading it this week. I’d put this book as a great intro into dystopian fiction. After this, you might like Lowry’s The Giver, and then the Hunger Games, but if you’re uncertain about the genre, this would be a great place to start. It has a fascinating world and great characters without the heaviness and despair present inThe Hunger Games.