Posted by shelburns on September 30, 2008
How could I know that when I read, and fell in love with, The City of Ember, that there were 3 more books? Well, I got my librarian to borrow 2 of them from another school so that I could read them. So, this weekend, I brought home and finished, The People of Sparks and The Prophet of Yonwood.
The People of Sparks continues Lina and Doon’s story. They have found the way out of Ember and sent a message back, not knowing if anyone will get the message, or even come to this new place. Well, over 400 Emberites found their way out of the dying city. The town that they come to is called Sparks. At first, the people of Sparks are hospitable, but after a while, it starts to bother them that they are having to feed 400 extra mouths with food they’ve stockpiled; they’re scared they will run out. Doon finds himself in trouble for things he doesn’t do, and Lina saves the day!
This is again a great story by Jeanne DuPrau. She embraces on the topic of war in a way that kids will understand that war is not always the answer. Problems can be solved without hatred and fighting. Sometimes you have to do the right thing, even if it’s hard.
The Prophet of Yonwood is actually a prequel to The City of Ember, even though it is tagged as the 3rd book of Ember. What happened before Ember; how did they all get there? This book answers those questions.
It’s 50 years before the settlement of the city of Ember, and the world is in crisis. War looms on the horizon as 11-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. Her garbled words are taken as prophetic instruction on how to avoid the coming disaster. If only they can be interpreted correctly. . . .
As the people of Yonwood scramble to make sense of the woman’s mysterious utterances, Nickie explores the oddities she finds around town—her great-grandfather’s peculiar journals and papers, a reclusive neighbor who studies the heavens, a strange boy who is fascinated with snakes—all 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?
In this prequel to the acclaimed 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.
Once again, DuPrau has done it with this one. You don’t hear about Lina and Doon, just Nickie and her Aunt Crystal. Nickie has her own problems to solve as she spends time in N. Carolina with her Aunt, cleaning out their grandfather’s house. What started out as vacation goals, turn into lifetime goals, even though Nickie doesn’t realize at the time. Does she reach her goals? You will have to read the book to find out. I loved this book, but not as much as the other two. Maybe because I had fallen in love with Lina and Doon, but they are not in this one. However, Nickie is just as loveable of a character. It is great to find out how the people of Ember came to be. In this book, DuPrau shows us that we shouldn’t always believe what we hear, or things are not always what they seem. There may be one person that everyone listens to or follows, but is their way really the best? Is it okay to “buck the system” so to speak? I enjoyed seeing how Nickie dealt with all of that as the story unfolded.
I can’t wait to get my hands on the final book, Diamond of Darkhold! I have read reviews on it from other bloggers and am excited to see for myself and review it here on my blog.
Becky, over at Becky’s Book Reviews, talks about the books also. See what she has to say as she has just read them for the 2nd time, before reading the final book.