Add your rating See all 1 kid review. Living in the town of Sparks, Lina and Doon get the remains of an ancient book from a roamer. Though only a few pages are left, it seems to hint at a gift that the Builders of Ember left to help its citizens after they emerged. With conditions deteriorating in Sparks, and the people skirting starvation, they decide to return to the abandoned underground city to look for the device, and to see if there are supplies left there that could help Sparks.
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Add your rating See all 1 kid review. Living in the town of Sparks, Lina and Doon get the remains of an ancient book from a roamer. Though only a few pages are left, it seems to hint at a gift that the Builders of Ember left to help its citizens after they emerged.
With conditions deteriorating in Sparks, and the people skirting starvation, they decide to return to the abandoned underground city to look for the device, and to see if there are supplies left there that could help Sparks.
Continue reading Show less Is it any good? Author Jeanne Duprau also has a talent for observing the nitty-gritty details while imagining her way into the lives of her characters, using sensory description in a way that is, even in the midst of a post-apocalyptic sci-fi tale, intensely realistic.
DuPrau has said that she never planned Ember to be a series. No kidding. While book 3 seems hardly to belong to the series at all, the others do at least follow a chronology, though they are very different. Book 1 combined adventure and philosophy, while book 2 leaned more heavily on the ideas and allegory, and less on the action. Now the series wraps up with a book that is closer to a pure adventure, though still with a few interesting ideas floating around.
Continue reading Show less Talk to your kids about Families can talk about electricity. Is it as essential to civilization as the author describes it? Is it possible to have a livable culture without it? If you could leave one gift for future survivors of worldwide disaster, a gift that would help them rebuild a modern society, what would it be?
The Diamond of Darkhold
The Diamond of Darkhold. It begins shortly after the close of the second book in the series, The People of Sparks. The Emberites--now on their way to becoming full citizens of Sparks--are struggling side-by-side with the people of Sparks their former enemies to survive the harsh winter months. In the midst of this struggle, a roamer comes to town. Maggs, a woman roamer, a shepherdess, comes to DuPrau, Jeanne.
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The Main Characters: Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow return, and for at least a little while the story is told from the point of view from 3 other characters, their friends Kenny, Torren and Lizzie. My Brief Synopsis: The people of Ember and Sparks try to get through a tough winter and Lina and Doon think it would be a good idea to go back to Ember and see what they can salvage from the dead city. There would probably be lots of food and materials left over from the Exodus of Ember I made that up myself , plenty to last the rest of the winter. They make the journey, and during their adventures they discover a truly neat invention that probably saves all of human civilization for future generations. The Troggs kidnap Doon while Lina escapes. They think they own the city, which they dub Darkhold.
The Diamond of Darkhold : Book of Ember 4
Supplies are growing sparse and sickness becomes abundant in this town, as they question their sustainability for the harsh cold of wintertime. Protagonists Doon and Lina set off on another adventure, based on a prophecy from a book stating their is something left "for the people of Ember" that will aid them through the winter. They venture back to their old town of Ember to seek out supplies that their old community has left behind, where they meet an unlikely foe and seek out this mysterious, perhaps magical device to "bring light to a dark world. Though lacking as much thought and depth as the initial book in the series, the author creates an interesting storyline along with introducing peculiar side characters such as Washton Trogg. The end of the book seems a bit anticlimactic, as their adventure ends sort of to a nothingness, with DuPrau feeling a look to the future as sufficient hope for the success of mankind and their moral triumphs. In order to grasp full meaning of the story, I would highly suggest reading at least books one and two three is a prequel to the first and has little overlap.