“The People of Sparks” by Jeanne DuPrau

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - Book Reading
“The People of Sparks” by Jeanne DuPrau

Back of the Book:

The People of Sparks picks up where The City of Ember leaves off. Lina and Doon have emerged from the underground city to the exciting new world above, and it isn’t long before they are followed by the other inhabitants of Ember. The Emberites soon come across a town where they are welcomed, fed, and given places to sleep. But the town’s resources are limited and it isn’t long before resentment begins to grow between the two groups. When anonymous acts of vandalism push them toward violence, it’s up to Lina and Doon to discover who’s behind the vandalism and why, before it’s too late.

Muzzlehatch’s Review on

Still the book has some narrative drive, Ms. Duprau’s pacing is fairly solid and she manages to keep up interest in the plot despite the basic storyline/originality issues I have with it, and she also succeeds I think in creating some fairly interesting characters (Maddy, Mrs Hester) without seeming to try very hard. There is still some promise in this series, and I’ll be keeping up with it. (read the entire review here)

Pages: 338

Published: 2004-05-24

Format Read: ebook

[xrr rating=5.0/5]

The very worst thing about this book is how quickly things get out of hand between the people of Ember and the people of Sparks. Granted, this is a fairly accurate representation of how it would work in the real world, but it seems unrealistic in a story. Does that make sense?

The very best thing about this book is that DuPrau quite literally picks the story up right where “The City of Ember” ended. There’s aren’t any “four months later” or “five years down the road” writing loopholes. She takes the citizens of Ember and works with them through the struggles of returning to the surface. That, to me, shows her ability and ambition as a writer. Her five stars are well earned.


This book will be placed under the 42 Challenge 2011, the 2011 E-Book Reading Challenge, the 2011 Futuristic/Sci-Fi Reading Challenge, and the The Dystopia Challenge.

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