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The People of Sparks (The City of Ember) Paperback – April 12, 2005
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In this exciting and solidly constructed sequel to The City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau moves the story on entrancingly, bringing along her cast of characters from underground and adding new dimensions and relationships as the action escalates to a satisfying conclusion that still allows for further volumes in this fine fantasy. (Ages 10 to 14) --Patty Campbell
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It's still inventive, though. A terrible Disaster has befallen the Earth, and the Emberites learn that they were sent to live below the Earth, in the event that the Disaster did, in fact, occur, and so that one day they could return to the surface and repopulate the world. If that isn't a terrific idea, I'm not sure what is.
The Emberites luckily find themselves in one of the more prosperous towns. As most in the town of Sparks are good and decent people, they agree to feed these strange newcomers for a certain amount of time, and while doing so teach them basic survival skills. As one can imagine, no Emberite possesses the skills to survive on the surface. All they knew was Ember, and the simple rules that governed survival in that city.
Sparks has its own governing rules, and Ms. DuPrau really shows a deft hand at creating intriguing cultures. It's obvious that she gave considerable thought to a post-apocalyptic world, and her vision of it is refreshing and true.
Sadly, greed raises its ugly head, on both sides, and the cultures have a terrible clash. But an important lesson is learned. It may seem trite to some, but it really is a powerful message. Paraphrased, it goes something like this: If someone does something mean to you, instead of doing something mean in return, try and do something good for them. The opportunity for such a deed presents itself, and we see this good faith effort in action. If I say more, it will be too revealing.Read more ›
Three chapters in, I was literally teary-eyed at the lyricism of Duprau's writing. Six chapters in, I couldn't put it down. I lost SLEEP to finish this book - my ultimate testament to a really good read.
THE PEOPLE OF SPARKS is a post-apocolyptic view of the world, after wars, plague and famine have wiped out most of the human race and the few people left are struggling for survival. In the first book, THE CITY OF EMBER, the City Builders have constructed a small city deep underground and stocked it with supplies in vast storerooms, then sent 100 couples with two children each to live there. The Builders know the wars, etc. are coming, and this is how they will save us all. After 200 years, the city infrastructure is crumbling and the city leaders are corrupt, supplies are running out, and the massive generator that keeps the lights on is failing, about to doom the Emberites to permanent darkness, but two young people find the way out, the way to the surface.
This leads us to book two in the series. The kids have dropped a message back down to the people of Ember telling them the way out, but will anyone come? They do.Read more ›
And if you think the last one ended it did not. Where are the 400 members of Ember going to go? How are they going to find food? How can they live in a world that's already been destroyed? And they can't just go to a nearby city and live there, could they? This new book answers all those questions and is amazingly believable without any mistakes (meaning in the plot, not gramatically) and it had new characters that are believable and have personaity of their own. And many people can relate to the new characters.
It is also written very well. Much more so than the City of Ember. And she had more symbolism that wasn't as corney as painting the sky blue when the sky really was blue (no offense Jeanne if you're reading this).
So if you liked the first book you should definately go read this one. And we learned why the Emberties lived underground and what the Disastor was. And it has this one new cool thing (a picture of it on the back cover) but I wont tell you any more.
If the author had stayed with that and limited herself to showing us her vision of a post-apocalyptic world then I would have been disappointed. As it is she gives us a whole new story. What would happen if a village of 300 mostly good people find themselves faced with the challenge of taking care of 400 starving refugees without the skills and resources to fend for themselves? Tensions would build as resources dwindle and us/them divisions would be sure to arise. Is this a small-scale version of the same conflicts that brought about the global cataclysm of the misty past? It's a good story and the reader might just finish it a little wiser.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first book, City of Ember, was really good. I had started reading it with my son at night. Soon I was continuing to read on after he went to bed and when I finished it, I... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Erin
This book is the best thing ever. I also recommend the book the Stolen kingdom it good too!!!!!!!
What a lovely book. I really enjoy the creativity of these books a great light read for anyone looking for a nice escape from their own reality.Published 25 days ago by Rachel E.
Enjoy reading. There are things to think, and I like the way they solve the problems.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
My fourth graders love this! It is written really well and they can really get into the book because it's easy for them to understand and make predictions. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kaity
Very happy with this book. Love the characters and their stories. Glad I took the time to read the second one.Published 1 month ago by Suzanne
LOVE the series so far, and I just love the detail in this! I chose 5 stars because I read the first book, can't wait to read the 3rd!!Published 2 months ago by Lisa