Friday, October 30, 2009
City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
A 2005/2006 Lamplighter Award winner. This action packed story begins in an underground city. Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow, both twelve years old, discover their newly appointed jobs. Lina is a to be a Pipeworks laborer and Doon a messenger. The two friends switch jobs and together discover that there is much more beyond the City of Ember after deciphering a fragmented message. As Doon works with the pipes, he realizes that the city is in dire circumstances especially regarding the malfunctioning generator. Together, Doon and Lina use their ingenuity to find a way out of the City of Ember. This story definitely leaves itself open to sequels, the reader will want to know if there is any hope for those remaining. A movie by the same title was made available in 2008 in theatres which was named "A Family-Friendly Adventure" by USA Today. Read the book, then watch the movie.