Sunday, September 21, 2014

Book Review: The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Title: The City of Ember
Author: Jeanne DuPrau
Published by: Yearling (2004) 

My Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭


The City of Ember was an incredible story. While the reading level was a bit younger age, the characters were well developed and the writing was extremely compelling. I read it in nearly one sitting, I couldn’t wait to see what came next!  

Plot: On the downside, I found the plot very predictable and everything happened just right for the characters to get where they needed to go, do what they needed to do, etc. However, it did prove to be good for the story, considering every single time I wondered, “How’re they gonna do that?” something “magically” shows up to help them, and if it hadn’t, I would have felt disappointed. Still, I feel there might have been a better way to give the characters what they needed rather than it appearing right at the right time. The story was, like I said, extremely compelling and full of mystery. I have to say, while the plot itself was predictable, I had no idea how the book was going to end and that was what kept me going and going, unable to put it down. 

Some people have been comparing this to The Giver—my favorite of all time—and saying it copied some of the elements, and I can agree with that, but on a different level. While a lot of the concepts also were in the Giver—a society away from other life to be “safe”; assignments given at age 12; and their escape to the true world—the plotline varied so differently from the Giver that it was hard to notice. Overall, The City of Ember was done beautifully. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a truly good dystopia.

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