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The Diamond of Darkhold: The Fourth Book of Ember (The City of Ember) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Itâs been several months since Lina and Doon escaped the dying city of Ember and, along with the rest of their people, joined the town of Sparks. Now, struggling through the harsh winter aboveground, they find an unusual book. Torn up and missing most of its pages, it alludes to a mysterious device from before the Disaster, which they believe is still in Ember. Together, Lina and Doon must go back underground to retrieve what was lost and bring light to a dark world.
In the fourth Book of Ember, bestselling author Jeanne DuPrau juxtaposes yet another action-packed adventure with powerful themes about hope, learning, and the search for truth.
From the Hardcover edition.
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A very satisfying ending to a great series. Can't help wondering why this hasn't been made into movies because I can see it all so clearly in my mind. Everything feels real like this is something that could actually happen. Maybe it's because no one has some sort of magical powers that seems to be the requirement for a movie these days...
The author says it herself when describing our heros, Lina and Doon: They didn't have extraordinary powers. They used the ordinary powers of courage, kindness, curiosity, and knowledge. This is something we need to teach our children. Harry Potter is great, but making a difference in this world takes the powers of Lina and Doon.
1. Why would the builders only let the Mayor pass on and know about the box? You would think they'd have a back up plan for the very thing that happened, a mayor dying with the secret?
2. While I know canned goods last a long time, do they really last well over 200 years??
3. I don't think it will take 2-3 centuries to get the world back with electricity and other technology. I really doubt we'd be living back in the 1700 for that long. Perhaps I'm wrong but even in the 1700s, we weren't STUCK there.
4. 200 years doesn't make a civilization ANCIENT. That bugged me to no end. Ancient, maybe 500-1000 years-- but a couple hundred? Not really.
5. The diamonds and manuals. They hid a room at the side of a mountain with the assumption that the people would find it. Why not place the manual, or at least a notice telling them to LOOK for the cave, at the exit of Ember? Secondly, just ONE manual?? They should have planted those manuals all over the place-- just like the box, it makes no sense to just leave one behind.
Having said that, these are children's stories, and for that, and knowing the adventures of Doon and Leena would never have taken place without these points, I could see past it and enjoy the book(s) thoroughly.