The City of Ember, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (8 ratings)


Many hundreds of years ago, the city of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival.

It worked - but now the storerooms are almost out of food, crops are blighted, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all - the lights are failing.

Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness-But when two children, Lina and Doon, discover fragments of an ancient parchment, they begin to wonder if there could be a way out of Ember.

Can they decipher the words from long ago and find a new future for everyone?

Will the people of Ember listen to them?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780552552387

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First of a series. I really liked this one the most out of the series.

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This is our 2007 and 2008 middle school book discussion group title.

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This is a fantastic book! The city of ember is great for anyone who is into those "in the future this is what happens" books. Excellent charectors, but it is deffentetly Man vs. Nature/society and not Man vs. Man which Is more traditional.

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Excellent book. I used it as a read aloud this year, and my students were really involved. It has two very likeable protagonists in situations kids can really relate to. Lina and Doon are pretty traditional literary heroes, but they are also multi-dimensional characters. The story itself has a predictable outcome but the author has included enough twists and turns to keep you guessing about just how Lina and Doon will accomplish their goals. All in all a great read. I plan to use the sequel People of Sparks in my classes this year.

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About 2 kids who try to find their way out of a dark city with barely any lights. It's good for people who just want to sit down and read a good book.

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