Friday, September 18, 2009

The City of Ember by Jeanne DePrau

Rating 2.5 out of 5

"It is always night in the city of Ember. But there is no moon, no stars. The only light during the regular twelve hours of "day" comes from floodlamps that cast a yellowish glow over the streets of the city. Beyond are the pitch-black Unknown Regions, which no one has ever explored because an understanding of fire and electricity has been lost, and with it the idea of a Moveable Light. "Besides," they tell each other, "there is nowhere but here" Among the many other things the people of Ember have forgotten is their past and a direction for their future. For 250 years they have lived pleasantly, because there has been plenty of everything in the vast storerooms. But now there are more and more empty shelves--and more and more times when the lights flicker and go out, leaving them in terrifying blackness for long minutes. What will happen when the generator finally fails?" Blurb from

I found this book to be very average. It was a good light read but nothing great. I apologise this review will be short and light on. I read this book before I got sick and the memory is now vague basically it did not leave a big impression on me and I would not rush out to read the rest of the series. There is not a lot to say really especially when my memory is failing me on this book.

The story line of this book is interesting and the world created is imaginative. I kept reading mostly to learn about the society created.

After reading this book I was suprised a movie had been made, after watching it I know why. The movie only really captures the essence of the book and even made some stuff up complely. Didnt like the movie much either in case you couldnt guess.

On a personal note my blog might suffer from a bit of neglect over the coming year. I will try to post as frequently as possible but I cant garantee anything. First thing though is to catch up on my reviews that are out standing!


  1. I kind of felt this way about the book, too. I read it this past year before the movie came out here and was basically "Meh" about both. Love the concept, but this wasn't so much a kids book that was meat-y enough for adults.

  2. I loved it - have the next couple on my shelf - so I guess you don't want to borrow them when I have finished :)

    I saw the movie - and preferred the book - so if you didn't like the book, you may not want to see the movie :)

  3. Thanks for the honest review, Caspette. I do like the cover though.

  4. Hi Caspette, Hope you are well, big HUGS -- nice to see you again.

    Great review! Now, you take care.