Back of the Book:
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.
Alicia’s Review on Goodreads.com:
Ember is a city living in fear, ignorance, and ever-increasing poverty: both literal and metaphorical darkness threaten to engulf its hapless citizens. Only two 12-year-olds — as impoverished and ignorant as everyone else, but gifted with a bit more curiosity and get-up-and-go — stand between Ember and its plunge into utter blackness, both in the streets and in spirit. (read the entire review here)
Format Read: ebook
The very worst thing about this book is the simplistic way that certain things have been lost. I can understand the Builders having not allowed certain things into the city, but to keep the very important lockbox secret? What?! If I were to have built a city for this purpose, the “very important lockbox” would have been a “very large and centrally located safe” with some simple design/camouflage to prevent people from trying to force it open too soon.
The very best thing about this book is the city, the people, the mystery, Lina, Doon, the pipeworks, the- Well, take your pick! I can’t tell you all of the great elements existing in this book without reading the book to you! Even that “worst thing” was a necessary for the story to exist at all. ^_^