I loved the City of Ember, I really liked the People of Sparks, but I could only tolerate The Prophet of Yonwood. This book, unfortunately, was such a distraction from the storyline in the first two books that I quickly read through it so I could start the Diamond of Darkhold. It's a prequel to the City of Ember, but it does almost nothing to further the storyline until the very last chapter (the epilogue). Still, you need to read it if you want to finish the series.
In the epilogue, you learn a little more about why people had to live underground in the city of Ember. The rest of the novel, though, is about the consequences of blind obedience and intolerance. There are definite parallels to our own world, where saying "9/11" or "war on terror" sometimes enables the government to take away the rights and freedoms we have as citizens (in addition to cutting short any discussion we might have). Does giving up our rights as individuals make our society safer? Who is best able to determine these things? These are topics touched upon by the author.
So far this has been my favorite book of the series. As a prequel the entire time you wonder how this all ties in with the series, but by the end you completely understand. I think this is a novel that is appropriate for both adults and children. The tale adds in some morals that everyone can appreciate. It's about hope, friendship, and proof that even small acts of kindness can change the course of history. It's a great read! Looking forward to the final book.
I was disappointed because I thought this book would tell more about the events that led to The City of Ember.Instead it was more a "growing up" book. The ending, however, did make a tie in to the other books.
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This book has a really good plotline as well as quality overall. The only thing is that the book was such a break in the series that it pretty much has nothing to do with the city of ember until the epilouge. It answers alot of questions for the disaster, just in time for book four.
This third book in the "Ember" series just didn't live up to its predecessors.
Nickie and the other characters just weren't as interesting as the ones in the previous books. The plot didn't keep me interested. While there are good lessons within the book (such as don't just go along with things), I felt like they were overdone.
The little bit that the reader learns about how the "City of Ember" came about is at the tail-end of the book and not all that detailed. I was very disappointed at how little I learned about Ember's origins.
This book was ok. Not my favorite in the series. I don't get prequels that are meant to be read in the middle of a series. This book was such a break in the series that it pretty much has nothing to do with the City of Ember until the epilouge. It does help understand a lot of what happens in book four though.
In this prequel to The City of Ember and The People of Sparks, Jeanne DuPrau investigates how, in a world that seems out of control, hope and comfort can be found in the strangest of places.
War looms on the horizon as eleven-year-old Nickie and her aunt travel to the small town of Yonwood, North Carolina. There, one of the town's respected citizens has had a terrible vision of fire and destruction. As the people scramble to make sense of the woman's mysterious utterances, Nickie explores the oddities she finds around the town, while keeping an eye out for ways to help the world. Is this vision her chance? Or is it already too late to avoid a devastating war?