As the people of Yonwood scramble to make sense of the woman's mysterious utterances, Nickie explores the oddities she finds around town, her great-grandfather's peculiar journals and papers, a reclusive neighbor who studies the heavens, a strange boy who is fascinated with snakes, all while keeping an eye out for ways to help the world. Is this vision her chance? Or is it already too late to avoid a devastating war?
In this prequel to the acclaimed The City of Ember and The People of Sparks, Jeanne DuPrau investigates how, in a world that seems out of control, hope and comfort can be found in the strangest of places.
©2006 Jeanne DuPrau; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Very imaginative prequel to the City of Ember"
This is book 3 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.
This book predates the City of Ember by it seems at least a hundred years if not more. The reader, if s/he started with the City of Ember, will be hooked on wondering how/when the nuclear war will start. The initiate will also be hooked on this question due to DuPrau's skillfull story telling. Character development and plot continuity are well executed here. I probably enjoyed this book a bit more than The People of Sparks, though the entire series is worth a read.
"A bit pale in comparison to the rest of 'Ember'"
I would recommend this book primarily only to someone who really, really loved the world of Ember and wanted to learn a bit more of the author's imagined history behind it. There are some fun moments and interesting characters, but hardly any of the magic (figuratively) and mystery which makes the rest of the Ember books so endearing. Still, I enjoyed it enough as I do fall into that segment of curious wonderers who were looking for any bits of Ember-related lore to listen to.
This is an amazing book! It teaches beautiful lessons and taught my daughter to love the world. She has a hard time reading and this is perfect for her! This book has astonishing surprises around every corner and a good lesson.
"Good Follow-on book (preclude)"
Equal to other books in the series
Young girl hiding in the house after the grandfather died
Young Minds open doors
This book, like the second book, is basically also about morality. However, this time we are talking about people taking their religious beliefs to extreme and using it to control others. I found this much more interesting to think about than bigotry and immigrant issues. In any case, it's not a great story but it is interesting and has suspense and kinda mystery like the first and last books. Don't expect to find out much about Ember but the author does link this book to the original story in the last book which is neat. I will warn you not to get too excited by the physics stuff though. There isn't anything like "His "Dark Materials" in this book. Probably just as well as I don't think the author could be quite that imaginative.
"Not as good as the others"
I thought "The City of Sparks" and "The People of Ember" were excellent (five stars), but this book was a big disappointment. It is just typical young adult fiction without the complexity and depth of its two predecessors. I recommend moving onto a different series instead, such as His Dark Materials.
"Good Prequel to the City of Ember."
I thought the whole package was great. I have read all the books in the series, and decided to listen to the books this time. I really enjoy the stories.
Nicki is my favorite character. She is the main character in the story. She is a curious and thoughtful girl.
She is very good at coming up with different voices for the various characters. I also like th e background sounds, unlike some people who listened to the story. I think they do add to the experience.
Is Armageddon near?
I listened to this story first. It is a prequel to the other City of Ember stories.
This book is the 3d in the series, but actually tells what happened before the city of Ember was built and why. The background noises are a bit distracting making this feel more like a radio show than a book. Other than that it is a good listen.
"A solid read. Different from the first two."
I'm really glad this narrator is a lot less annoying than the last one. I was disappointed it did not follow the same people as the last two books, so it made this book less enjoyable.
"great job with the book
thanks for your email and any files or previous post by the end I decided I would be the first one is a good time and effort and time of day tomorrow but
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