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The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

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?

I originally watched the movie first in 2008 on a plane, because typically I like to see films out of comfort zone (and also because I can’t sleep on planes.) I loved the actors, and I loved the premise, so, later on, I searched in the library to see if they had this book.

The book is as amazing, but a bit too short. It is written in a way a group of sixth graders would understand. (It reminds me of the book, Holes by Louis Sachar, in its content of children with a greater purpose against the adults with power.) The reason why this book resonates with me is the fact that it is completely plausible,  fictional.

I recommend this book to anyone who has read Holes, and likes dystopian novels.