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The City of Ember

by Jeanne Duprau

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Darkness is everythere and who may give people a little hope to release of this dark, but what this story is about? The Ember-the only city in the world, as far as the residents know. The sky is always black, and there are no stars or moon. If the lights fail, there is total darkness. And that's something that has been happening more often lately, the lights failing. Lina and Doon, two young residents, just out of school at 12 years old with their first jobs, discover that things in Ember are even worse than everyone thinks, and they try to discover a way out of the coming darkness.

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ISBN: 0385736282
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...e the words "period" and "ears" and "city." But after that, so much was missing. She studied the line next to the number 1. Exp. That could be Expect or Expert or so many things. She moved on to riv. That might be part of a word like "drive" or "strive." What could ip and ork possibly be? They were so close together, maybe they were part of one word. What ended with -ip? Whip, Lina thought. Trip. Slip. What ended with -ork? Fork came to mind immediately. Tripfork. Slipfork. Nothing she could think of made sense. Maybe it wasn't fork. What else ended in ork? Starling at the beginning of the alphabet, Lina went through all the words that rhymed with fork. Most of them were nonsense: bork, dork, gork, hork, jork. ... This isn't going to work, she thought miserably. Oh... workl Th...

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18 Sep 2012 23:15:22

This was a pretty good book. The book was definently better than the movie.

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"In my mind, I see another city." Lina watched to see if Clary was going to laugh at her, or smile in that overly kind way. She didn't, so Lina went on. "It isn't like Ember; it's white and gleaming. The buildings are tall and sort of sparkle. Everything is bright, not just inside the buildings but all around them, too, even up in the sky. I know it's just my imagination, but it feels real. I think it is real."


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Lina could see that words were welling up in Clary now; her eyes were bright, her cheeks were rosy. "Take a lamp, for instance. When you plug it in, it comes alive, in a way. It lights up. That's because it's connected to a wire that's connected to the generator, which is making electricity, though don't ask me how. But a bean seed isn't connected to anything. Neither are people. We don't have plugs and wires that connect us to generators. What makes living things go is inside them somehow." Her dark eyebrows drew together over her eyes. "What I mean is," she said finally, "something is going on that we don't understand. They say the Builders made the city. But who made the Builders? Who made us7. I think the answer must be somewhere outside of Ember." "In the Unknown Regions?" "Maybe. Maybe not. I don't know."


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"And do you think Ember is the only light in the dark world?"


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The Book of the City of Ember, which all children studied in school, taught otherwise. "The city of Ember was made for us long ago by the Builders," the book said. "It is the only light in the dark world. Beyond Ember, the darkness goes on forever in all directions."


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"It's Ember,"



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