I recently finished reading the novel, The City of Ember, By Jeanne DuPrau. Jeanne used to be a teacher and lives in California with her dog. This was her first book, but she wrote other books, One of such being The People of Sparks (The sequel to this book).
I chose to read this book because it was my group’s book in Mr.Jockers class for the book clubs unit. In this book the main character Lina wants her job to be messenger, sadly she ends up choosing pipe works employee. Luckily for her though Doon was chosen as messenger and just so happens to want to be a pipe works employee, so they trade jobs. Lina’s grandmother’s father used to be the mayor of Ember and now she’s remembering that something important is lost, she doesn’t know what, but something. After a while of searching Lina finds her sister, Poppy, chewing on a piece of paper entitled, Instructions. Since Doon is one of the smartest people Lina knows she takes the paper to him but its ripped so they try to solve the puzzle of what it says. Once they do they attempt to save Ember using its contents.
I’d say the theme of this book is, Always follow your dreams because both Lina and Doon have dreams of saving/escaping Ember. And even tho they seem impossible they both never give up on their dreams and keep trying at them. I enjoyed how in the end of the book the author had Lina and Doon talk about everyday items for us and have them be confused about what they are and what they do. If I was the author I would have ended the book with a bigger cliff hanger so to set up the next book with more action.
In this passage Doon and Lina had just escaped Ember and are seeing and feeling the sunrise for the first time ever.
“They lifted their faces to the astonishing warmth. The sky arched over them, a pale, clear blue. Lina felt as though a lid that had been on her all her life had been lifted off. Light and air rushed though her, making a song, like the songs of Ember, only it was a song of joy. She looked at Doon and saw that he was smiling and crying at the same time, and she realized that she was, too.”
I chose this passage because I think its really cool how they reacted to sunshine for the first time. I rate this book a 7 out of 10.