Review: The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

A city completely dependent on lights. There is no sun, no moon, no stars, only the light bulbs overhead. What happens when the light bulbs run out or the generator that makes the power fails? These are the problems that face the dystopian society in the middle grade novel, “The City of Ember”.

This novel is a quick read, but lacking. The concept is very intriguing, but the narrative is a bit boring. Honestly, I had to force myself to finish it and many in our book club group (this was our selection for the month) felt the same way. It just doesn’t ever quite achieve the depth or excitement that one hopes for after knowing the concept.


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