Brigette Reviews The City Of Ember

The City Of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau


Describe it in 25 words or less. Two 12-year-olds decide to take matters into their own hands when their city faces certain doom.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? I watched the film not long ago and the book was given to the girls as a gift so I thought I’d read it because the film was intriguing. I also needed something light and easy after my last read Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of the Great Gatsby.

Genre: Children’s Literature/Science Fiction

Who was your favorite character and why? Doon’s father because he had the best advice and was always level-headed.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Doon because he was too focused on reward.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? Was it worth the wait? It never really grabbed me until the very end, but it’s one of those books where you learn and grow along with the characters and I think children would really enjoy it that way.

What did you think of the ending? Probably the best part of the book.

What was the moral of the story? Persistence pays.

Favorite quote: “The trouble with anger is, it gets hold of you. And then you aren’t the master of yourself anymore. Anger is. And when anger is the boss you get unintended consequences.” – Doon’s father

How does the book compare to the film? This is one of the few times I would recommend reading the book before seeing the film. I made the mistake of seeing the film first which just made reading the book really boring because it had taken the element of surprise out of it.

Who would you recommend it to? To children who have ever felt alone and like the weight of the world rests on their shoulders.

Number of unknown words: 0

Recipe: Beet Soup


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