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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (84,152 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeanne DuPrau Narrator: Wendy Dillon Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Book of Ember Series Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • USA Today
  • DuPrau’s first foray into fiction creates a realistic post-apocalyptic world. Reminiscent of Robert O'Brien's Z for Zachariah, DuPrau’s book leaves Doon and Lina on the verge of the undiscovered country and readers wanting more. Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Thanks to full-blooded characters every bit as compelling as the plot, Lina and Doon’s search parallels the universal adolescent quest for answers. An electric debut!"
  • Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
  • Well-paced, this contains a satisfying mystery, a breathtaking escape over rooftops in darkness, a harrowing journey into the unknown, and cryptic messages for readers to decipher. The likeable protagonists are not only courageous but also believably flawed by human pride. The cliffhanger ending will leave readers clamoring for the next installment."
  • Starred Review, Voice of Youth Advocates
  • While Ember is colorless and dark, the book itself is rich with description. DuPrau uses the puzzle, suspenseful action, and lots of evil characters to entice readers into the story. They will find the teen characters believable and gutsy. Part mystery, part adventure story."
  • The Horn Book Magazine
  • The device of a hidden letter, complete with missing words, is used with such disarming forthrightness that readers will be eagerly deciphering it right alongside Doon and Lina."
  • An ALA Notable Children’s Book

    A Kirkus Reviews Editors’ Choice
  • A New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Selection

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tessa | 2/20/2014

    " Great book! Exciting and always interesting. This was very fun and easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Abby | 2/19/2014

    " I thought this book was fantastic. I read it many years back, but I can honestly say it's one I'd go back and read again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Papillon | 2/5/2014

    " This is such a great book, the story is unique and the characters are endearing. Even when it seems like the odds are against you, as long as you believe everything will work out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennnnnnna | 2/2/2014

    " It was very interesting and quite different from the usual apocolypse stories that are trending right now. The idea for this book was very original and kept my intrigued. It also wasnt completely predictable, which was also nice. This was also an optimistic "end of the world" novel, because it is more about the rebuilding from the apocolypse than the apocolypse itself. "

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