Sunday, November 23, 2008

The City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau

Yes. I recommend this book.

I was loaned this book from Griffin, and at first I thought it would be just like The Giver. However, after I got through the first couple of chapters where the kids get their work assignments, I didn't have that thought again.

The City of Ember is a little dark, but there are many kind people. The main characters are in sad circumstances, but there was enough hope and small happiness that it didn't get me down.

I loved some of the details of the story. The way the characters save every little thing because it might be useful. I loved the scene when Lina bought her pencils, and then the one after when she and her sister drew with them.

Although I hated the thought of this horrible dark underground city, I enjoyed the adventure of the story. I liked the sweet main characters, Lina and Doon. I think Doon's insight from his father about anger was very insighful, unexpected consequences.

Just a warning, there are two more books in the series, and although certain situations are resolved, it is a bit of a cliff hanger! Griffin has the second book requested from his school library, so lets hope the students get it turned in soon!


Alisha Marlatt said...

I just want to say that I love looking at your blog! I found it because my family is old friends with the Thompson's. I visit Carly's blog regularly (she is the Thompson that I played with since we are the same age). I love reading and I am always looking for what book to read next. I find your blog very interesting and helpful for me to find new and different things for me to read. I hope you don't mind. Anyway, thank you! By the way, your husband will remember the Waller family, just to verify that I'm not some crazy person checking out your blog! :)
Alisha Waller Marlatt

Kammy said...

Great! I hope you'll post your thoughts on any of these books that you've read. I do know who your family is, and just to show you what a small world it is, your cousin Jill Waller (Archibald) is a friend of mine from college!