The People of Sparks, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


When the people of the underground city of Ember follow Lina and Doon to the surface, little prepares them for what they will encounter.

Leaving behind the darkness that has been their home for generations, they discover a world of colour, warmth and light.

The people of the small village of Sparks seem willing to help them first ...but life on the surface has it's dark side too.

Before long the villagers of Sparks become more reluctant to share their precious resources with the strange, new underground people.

Lina and Doon watch in horror as the differences between the two groups grow into resentment, anger and hate.

Somehow they must help overcome the distrust and bring the people of Ember and Sparks together.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780552552394



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Sequel to City of Ember. This book is perhaps a bit more preachy than Ember, but it is a good read and a must for those who want to find out what happens to Lina and Doon. I think it will help a lot of young readers see that people aren't always what they seem, and that working together as a community is really the only way to accomplish anything.

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The sequel to City of Ember. The Emberites have made it out of Ember and have no food or shelter. They have to rely on the people of Sparks to survive. Strained resources and cultural differences lead to tension and almost to war. Lots of parallels with modern society. I've really enjoyed this series and look forward to reading the third book (which I believe is a prequel).

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Very good, even better than the first.

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Great story , loved the follow on from city of ember.

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