The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau: Book Review

THE CITY OF EMBER by Jeanne DuPrau Book Review
Published: 2003 by Yearling
Rating: StarStarStar

I’m really proud of myself for reading and finishing a non-academic related book this week! I’ve been struggling to juggle school work with reading for fun, but I finally decided to just sit and read this past Friday. THE CITY OF EMBER has been one of those books that have been sitting in my to-read pile for years. I finally got around to it. I borrowed it from the eBook library from the New York Public Library and read it on my Nook.

Book Summary: The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever! This stunning debut novel offers refreshingly clear writing and fascinating, original characters.

First, I have to say that I wish I was able to give this book more time, and I really hoped that I had been able to read this without so much interruptions. I did enjoy the book, but at my age it was a little too predictable. The readers pretty much know what’s going to happen in the book. Right from the prologue, I could see how the story was going to unfold. This wasn’t the kind of story that had me guessing what would happen next, but I admit that I was curious to read how the story was going to turn out. Though I knew what was going to happen, I liked reading about the characters and how they developed throughout the story.

The world that DuPrau had created was so fascinating. I am still curious what this refuge had been all about. There are so many questions that I am left with as a reader that remain unanswered even after I finished the book. THE CITY OF EMBER is part of a series, which can probably explain all these questions but I was hoping for more closure at the end of the story.

DuPrau does have a great way of pulling the reader into the story. By the end of the novel, I was just left with the thought: THAT’S IT?! While I am craving for closure and answers to my questions, I don’t know if I will be continuing with the rest of the series. I don’t think I loved the book as much to keep going, but that nagging question will always remain in my mind. What will happen to Ember?


  1. Hi Cialina
    Thanks for the review of this book – looks like it could be a winner for my teenage daughter – maybe too juvenile for me tho.

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