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!
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.