Reviewed by: Booklova
City of Ember
by Jeanne DuPrau
Lina Mayfleet wretchedly wants to be messenger and Doon Harrow desperately wants to be something that could help save Ember on Assignment Day. When Lina is called up she picks out pipeworks laborer which is in the murky and clammy underground of Ember. Doon picks messenger. Both are thwarted until Doon asks Lina to switch with him. Lina loves the job of messenger as she sprints across the city with news. Meanwhile, Doon sneaks a look at the generator. The only thing that makes light in dark the city. Doon was expecting something small, something easy to fix so the city wouldn't crumbling anymore. But it was the opposite. He had no idea how to fix the generator or even understand it.
One day when Lina comes home, her grandma (who takes care of her and her sister Poppy because their mom and dad died) has ripped out all the stuff in their closet. Lina asks what she is doing and her grandma says she is looking for something significant but doesn't know what it is. Then Lina sees Poppy chewing on crumpled paper. Lina takes it out of her mouth and tries to find out what it means. Lina shows a bunch of people of people the piece of paper but nobody seems to care. Finally she decides to tell Doon because he might be interested by something that could possibly save Ember. Doon is fascinated by the piece of paper.
If I told you the rest of the book it would give it away so you are just going to have to read the book. Anyway, this book has no illustrations. Just words but it's not in small print so it's fine. I loved this book so much that I can't explain it! I started the second and there is a third and a fourth too but I don't like the second so far so I don't know if I should recommend it. Have fun reading the book!!!!!!!!!