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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.


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6 thoughts on “City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

  1. Putting it on the list! Thanks!

    • Rick and I read City of Ember. I think you’re right, it’s a great intro to the genre, probably age appropriate. I did find myself wishing DuPrau would take the story deeper – it felt like she was skimming the surface, and I was hoping for more. The setting was good, but I wanted her to dig in… I felt that there was more story there than she was telling.

      Lauren Oliver’s Delirium is another good dystopian novel, but it is much heavier… more along the lines of the Hunger Games.

      • Sam read the next one (I think there are 3 or 4) and it is much more in depth on war and refugees and what to do when resources are scarce.

  2. Jerusha Neal on said:

    Josiah just picked it up and started reading this week. So far, he’s been into it. We’ll see if he stays with it. I may need to read it myself to talk with him about it. He’s a bit young for it maybe? Mercy said that she had heard from her friends it was really good

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