Share: Share on Facebook. Add to Cart. The citizens of Ember live underground where they face daily blackouts, food shortages, and corrupt politicians. Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow navigate this post-apocalyptic world in an attempt to decode a cryptic message that may save them all. Having escaped from the underground world of Ember, Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow emerge into the post-disaster village of Sparks.

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At the end of The City of Ember , DuPrau's spellbinding debut, Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow, having made it safely out of their underground city, toss a message down through a chasm. This ambitious sequel opens as a boy, Torren, spies the survivors of Ember heading toward him, and he's "terrified. After Lina and Doon and the people of Ember arrive in the town of Sparks "We have not been aware of any post-Disaster settlements nearby, much less a city," their leaders claim , its citizens share their food and shelter, and they train the people of Ember to work in the fields with the goal of helping them set up a town of their own.

But two lone acts of sabotage begin to eat away at the fragile trust between them. DuPrau takes on a sprawling world on the surface of the planet, and once again skillfully and confidently develops the idea of scarcity and how human beings react to a depletion of resources.

However, the characterizations here take a back seat for instance, Lina never visits Clary, an adult friend who played a pivotal role in Ember ; and Sadge Merrall and Mrs.

Polster, both with strong personalities in Ember , melt into the masses while virtually invisible citizens such as Tick become major players. Lina stows away in a wagon headed for the city to see if it could be the one she drew in Ember ; her experience at its ruins result in an epiphany for Lina that, oddly, has little impact on the rest of the novel. DuPrau offers a thought-provoking novel about brinkmanship and the way societies can plant the insidious seeds of war.

Her overall message is ultimately uplifting, but it comes at the expense of the development of characters that made Ember so memorable. Ages During the Covid crisis, Publishers Weekly is providing free digital access to our magazine, archive, and website. To receive the access to the latest issue delivered to your inbox free each week, enter your email below. View Full Version of PW. More By and About This Author. Buy this book. Zzyyxx Books.

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Lina, Doon and the people of Ember came up from their dying underground city at the end of the first book, The City of Ember. The People of Sparks takes place immediately afterward. The people of Significantly better than the first novel in the story. We get decent character-building, acceptable world-building, realistic conflict driven by fairly predictable events predictable as it - yeah The People of Sparks. Jeanne DuPrau.



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The People of Sparks

May 25, Minutes Middle Grade 10 and up Buy. May 25, Minutes Middle Grade 10 and up. Just when the future looks bright for the people of Ember, a new darkness lurks. Lina and Doon have led the citizens of Ember to an exciting new world. Although Sparks seems like the answer the long-suffering Emberites have been hoping for, tempers soon escalate. Lina and Doon will have to work together to avoid a disaster not only for their people, but also for the people of Sparks. A modern-day classic.

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