Friday, May 22, 2009

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Suddenly Doon spoke up. "But Ember is not prospering!" He cried. "Everything is getting worse and worse!"
"Silence!" cried the mayor.
"The blackouts!" cried Doon. He jumped from his seat. "The lights go out all the time now! And the shortages, there's shortages of everything! If no one does anything about it, something terrible is going to happen!" (13)

Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow live in the City of Ember, which was built over two hundred years ago. But supplies now are running low, the lights are flickering, and no one seems to know what to do. Lina, in her pursuit of answers, finds corruption at the highest levels of government. Doon and Lina set out on an adventure to find any alternatives to being plunged into the dark. The inspiration for the movie of the same name, The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau is a must read.

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