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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.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published on May 14, 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0385371357
ISBN-13: 9780385371353
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  • elli1032
    elli1032Monday, July 2, 2018 at 4:28 pm55 stars
    In the City of Ember, the sky is always black, there is no real light. Just the flicker of Street lamps and light bulbs in the houses. The story begins on Assigning Day when all kids got their jobs. Two of all those kids was a girl named Lina and a boy named Doon. The two used to be friends, but over time the friendship fell apart. Lina got chosen as an pipe works laborer and Doon got chosen as a messenger. They were both opposites because Lina wanted to be a messenger and Doon wanted to be a pipe works laborer. So, after that all happened Doon and Lina wanted to switch. Lina was so happy she finally got the job she really wanted, so was Doon but it was because he might be able to see and help the workers with the electricity thing that made the street lamps glow. For a little while now, the street lamps would stay on and then in a little while they would start to flicker and turn off. In those times the city was extra dark. Sometimes the people of Ember thought they might stay out forever. While Lina was messenger, she found a paper that had been torn up by her little sister Poppy. It was all is different sections and was hard to read. While that was happening Doon found a door in the mine but it was locked. Later they saw each other on one of the evenings when all the lights were out, and they both told each other what they found. Soon after, Doon went and showed Lina the door, it was open! But what they found inside was horrid. It was their Mayor sleeping on a couch with bucket fills of food, everywhere! They both ran out to tell people, but everyone thought they were lying. Next, Lina brought him to her house and they finally found out what the paper was saying… it was the Instructions to getting out of Ember, it would help a lot because things were getting worse. The food storage was almost out and the lights were going out more than ever. They followed the instructions and it lead them into the mines, they went in and found out about boats and wanted to see wear it went. There were tons of boats so they knew it was meant for the city. They left a message for them telling the city wear to go. Soon, when they arrived, they found themselves in a place they never imagined, a place with extreme light (the Sun). They also found a cave that was was super steep and went down all the way to Ember, their city was underground all that time! The next day they found out that the city had come too! I loved this book and this whole series!!!
    • infinitearmy
      infinitearmyThursday, May 31, 2018 at 7:43 am55 stars
      the cover seemed interesting so i read it and it was a good book
      • skylermurray
        skylermurrayFriday, May 25, 2018 at 6:38 am55 stars
        The City of Ember written by Jeanne DuPrau is a mystery the whole way through. You never know what happens because it always ends with a mystery. I love how they continue a mystery throughout the whole series. I also love how the main characters are by themselves the whole time. It also shows the power of friendship. Lina and Doon are the main characters in The City of Ember. Lina is the more adventurous one but still cares about her family such as her grandmother and little sister. But unlike Doon she doesn't really need a plan to do things. Doon on the other hand is more cautious and loves his family such as his dad. He also plans things before he does them. So, what will happen to Lina and Doon if they are such opposites? Will they make it out of Ember? Who found the storage room before them? Do you want the answer to any of these questions? Do you like a good mystery? If the answer to any of these questions is yes you should read The City of Ember.
        • lilpumpboi
          lilpumpboiMonday, May 21, 2018 at 11:38 am
          It is the best book because its an under ground city and the power is running out and the three kids get out alive
          • bybimolypafady
            bybimolypafadyFriday, May 18, 2018 at 7:19 am55 stars
            it is really a really good book
            • piolomrdoodle20
              piolomrdoodle20Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 10:15 am44 stars
              It is a good movie I reccomed it.
              • kitty_423
                kitty_423Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 6:54 pm44 stars
                the city of ember is about kids who try to find a way out of ember, they find a way out of ember and find the true story and another world
                • duviseveba
                  duvisevebaWednesday, December 13, 2017 at 11:04 am55 stars
                  This is a very good book. Its about a town called Ember. The only light in ember comes from lightbulbs powered by the generator. But the lights are going out. Is there a way to save Ember or will it be to late and Ember will end up in darkness.
                  • aunthtoo8896lol
                    aunthtoo8896lolWednesday, May 24, 2017 at 7:01 am
                    I like it. it's good.............-_-
                    • KhloeWednesday, May 24, 2017 at 7:00 am
                      I think The City Of Ember is a pretty good book. I rate it 4 out of 5 stars. It's about a girl named Lina and a boy named Doon. And one day at school they all got jobs. Doon was messenger and Lina had to work in the pipeworks. They both switched there jobs. So Doon had to work in the pipeworks. One day when he was down in the pipeworks he discovered a door. They didn't know what it led to. On the other hand Lina was delivering messages, she had to deliver one to the mayor. It was "Dilivery at eight from Looper." They end up figuring out what was behind the door and who was behind it. Read the book to figure out do they ever escape out of Ember and how. And who was the guy stealing all the food.