The City of Ember: The First Book of Ember

Book 1 of 4 in the Books of Ember Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 8W5.059937
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.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published on May 13, 2003 by Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0375822739
ISBN-13: 9780375822735
165 Book Reviews
  • jueonkim
    jueonkim2 months55 stars
    City of Ember was built for the last refugees for the human race. The sky is always dark, there is almost no light beyond the light. There are secrets everywhere, as there are always shortages almost everywhere. There are always constant power outages, as the city is 200 years old. And people are afraid that the power will go out, and never come back. Will they find a city outside of ember? Will they escape the darkness? Read the City of Ember city to find out...
    • bruhbear
      bruhbear4 months55 stars
      The City of Ember was a very delightful read and I loved the puzzles and plot twists at every corner. I have personally read this book multiple times and every time it got more fun and interesting. I highly recommend it to anybody who has extra time on their hands.
      • wolfy_blue
        wolfy_blue7 months44 stars
        Great book!
        • frontdesk
          frontdesk12 months22 stars
          I didn't really like this book. I got to about chapter three and stopped reading. πŸ˜πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
          • ilovebooks561
            ilovebooks561about 1 year55 stars
            Amazing so far!
            • sweet-readlover
              sweet-readloverabout 1 year55 stars
              This book is AWESOME !!!! This book is about, escaping from City of Ember. Linda and Doon gets a job at school as Linda a messenger and Doon as a pipe worker. Linda find a box in a closet and finds a secret document to find a way out of a dark no lighted city. Ember. Linda and Doon trys to find out what the document says and have an adventure generator. I won't spoil the ending. I recommend you this book. Have fun!
              • avalanche_cooki
                avalanche_cookiabout 1 year55 stars
                This is BY far my fave book in like, ever! I suggest this book for those who like mystery books in series. It's hard to choose a fave part because it's all good!
                • avalanche_cooki
                  avalanche_cookiabout 1 year55 stars
                  Guys, anyone in the right mind, hop online and read THIS MOMENT. I got the series as a gift, and I do not regret asking for it one little bit! the story is about a post disaster city, called the city of Ember. The main characters, Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow, Live here. The city is powered by a river and the generator is needing new pieces more and more frequently. the people of ember have even been experiencing longer and more blackouts! It's up to Doon and Lina to reed the instruc ion f r egres (as they found the document after poppy lina's baby sis chewed on it!!) >:-(
                  • almondmilk
                    almondmilkover 1 year55 stars
                    This book was great!
                    • cr4td4l
                      cr4td4lover 1 year55 stars
                      Good book! I love how Jean DuPrau made the characters, and the story itself is so good!