Don't miss Lina and Doon's other adventures in The City of Ember.
©2004 Jeanne DuPrau; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Bound to appeal to young readers." (The New York Times Book Review)
Story picks up where City of Ember ends. DePrau portrays a very realistic future world. In this novel, she shows how well she understands human nature -- the good and the bad -- the fears and prejudices, as well as the the hopes and aspirations. A good, clean and wholesome tale for all ages. Loaded with adventure and suspense. The conclusion of the story is especially wonderful.
The first book in this series was very imaginative and a unique idea. This book isn't. It is simply a way to get an idea of ethics and morality dealing with immigrants and those being invaded by immigrants. To what extent should you help your fellow man? To what extent should you tolerate the bigotry of those who have taken you in? If you know the answer, you don't need to read this book. However, if you really want to try to enjoy it, just remember it's written for kids.
I liked this follow up story to the "The City of Ember". Now you follow the "refugee's" of Ember into a world they've never dreamed of. Light comes from the sun, not a bulb. The temperature get's hot, food is not provided, and most importantly, there are inhabitants in this new world... Inhabitants that have barely survived in a barren world, that aren't so happy to see newcomer's. Especially those that are hungry and have no knowledge of how to care for themselves during the fast approaching winter. Civilization on a small scale. The narrator is a bit harsh, but the story is really good.
A very well-written piece but, I found myself saying,"Duh," often. I dont't reccomend this piece if your over 12 because of it's childish air. But if your looking for something fun and easy to follow go ahead, buy.
Likes: Cozy mysteries, esp w/cats, books on workings of the brain/autism, not-too-dark fantasy. Dislikes: Animal cruelty, torture scenes.
I was reluctant to start The People of Sparks because I felt it was so unlikely that the series could continue to be so pleasing to me without the setting of Ember. However, that really wasn't an issue. I really did like the book and the refugees temporarily settle in to a place that also captured my imagination, though I don't think that the author makes enough use of this interesting location. The rest of this new world has the benefit of being a post-apocalyptic setting, another thing that interests me. There is perhaps not a ton of action is this book. The reader is still annoying. At one point I was afraid things were going to get annoyingly preachy, but it wasn't so bad. I noticed some reviewers were very bothered by this and I don't love pacifist characters as a general rule. However, if you are going to put characters in who are really anti-war, I can think of no better place to put such people than in a world that was almost destroyed by war. I don't know about this as a stand alone because my fondness for the characters carrying over from book one played a strong role for me in how much I enjoyed this.
The person who read this book is probably our least liked of any audiobook we have listened to. The story was great, but the reader made it lack a bit.
Doon not going along with Tick and the others who wanted war.
We would prefer not, but are going to be listening to The Diamonds of Darkhold and we haven't looked to see who is reading. Hoping it's not her!
Not as much as others we have listened to.
I loved the City of Ember so I decided to listen to the sequel. I absolutely loved the storyline but the reader was horrible. It sounded like she was twenty feet away, and I have great headphone, so that wasn't the problem. There was also static and she had a horrible voice.
A nice story for kids - I'd say targetted at about the 11 year old set - makes for a good listen in the car for them.
This is book 2 of 4 in the "Ember" series which describes a post-apocalyptic earth in hopeful terms. I like that part of the series' approach, though the overall style can be a little pedantic (in my adult opinion) for moral lessons. However, the target audience is juvenile readers so I think the clarity and overt description of moral connections is likely appropriate. All middle and elementary schoolers I have spoken to about this book have really enjoyed it.
SPOILER ALERT: This book starts out roughly where The City of Ember (book 1) leaves off, giving a satisfying story of how the people of Ember struggle to learn about a new world. New words for new concepts are a nice touch, and describing the difficulties that two groups of people with different frames of reference have in relating to each other is educational.
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The City of Ember is the first book and The People of Sparks is the second.
The People of Sparks are "put upon" by more than the whole population of their own town when 417 people arrive in one day, all needing shelter and food and water. Good intentions wear thin with hardship and the reader is shown the difficulty of both sets of people. The argument for difficulty and impossible expectations are well defined and so reasonable it's easy to see how any of us would feel the same in either position.
This story also teaches how wars start -- on a small scale. It shows that people do not have to be evil in order to have both misunderstanding and fear coalesce into a dangerous mob without much to urge it on.
It is also a story of forgiveness and courage, as well as the way to stop war.
Taken together this is far more than just a story of a post-apocalyptic world. There is not much description of the "Disaster" though it is simply explained. The astonishing thing about these two books is the depth of wisdom and insight about people. How we function, how we respond to uncertainty, strangers, new places, and how easy it is to believe that our own way of life is the only way, even if it isn't the best way.
This story is written from and seen through the eyes of children between the ages of about 9 to 13 and has the resulting success of answering all the questions the reader would have.
Wendy Dillon's voice is soothing as well as flexible. Her rendition of the different people is almost unnoticeable it is so smoothly done.
This is an amazing book when combined with it's predecessor The City of Ember. If I could give my grandchild only 2 books, I would give him these two.
"a review by des (11 years old)"
i really enjoyed this book, it is set in the future but not a modern and shiny future but where things have gone wrong and technology has gone back instead of forward.
the characters are well described and you get to know them well and care for them. i would have rated this book 5 stars but i didn't quite like the narrator's voice she sounds rather old and it spoils some of the younger chatacters a bit.
"Good part 2"
Having listened to City of Ember I was keen to get this sequel, and wasn't disappointed. Not quite as good as the first, but if you did enjoy the first I would recommend getting this one too.
This is a superb story for kids and a blunt metaphor for the human condition (war and the consequences thereof). The narrators american drawl is quite acceptable. Great value, stronly recommended
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