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The City of Ember [Read] ➪ The City of Ember ➲ Jeanne DuPrau – Thomashillier.co.uk An alternate cover edition can be found hereMany hundreds of years ago the city of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival It workedbut now the storerooms are An alternate cover edition can be found hereMany hundreds of years ago The City of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival It workedbut now the storerooms are almost out of food The City PDF or crops are blighted corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all—the lights are failing Soon Ember could be engulfed by darknessBut when two children Lina and Doon discover fragments of an ancient parchment they begin to wonder if there could be a way out of Ember Can they decipher the words from long ago and find a new future for everyone Will the people of Ember listen to them.


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  1. Patrick Patrick says:

    Maybe 18 months ago I came out of my office to find my 5 year old son laying in the hallway reading a bookHe wasn't just flipping through a picture book either He was actually reading it A book with all words and no picturesThis was that book He'd read it with his mom a over a month's worth of bedtimes Then of his own volition while walking through the hallway he'd pulled it off the shelf sat down and started to read it againThat's a recommendation beyond anything I can give it About a week ago I went on a car trip with Oot and we listened to this book together I see why he liked it It's very tightly written Good setting Good mystery Two POV characters one boy and one girl They each have their own plots and their own character arcs Their own problems they struggle to resolve The boy gets angry sometimes and his father talks to him about it and the boy tries throughout the book to get a grip on his anger with varying success What's they both make mistakes And they're obviously mistakes If only the boy would have told his father about X things would have gone better It's kinda the opposite of Harry Potter It's nice to have that in a kid's bookAnyway Yeah Good book Good Audio Two thumbs up One from me and one from Oot


  2. Eric Eric says:

    The City of Ember is a young adult novel that is a fantastic allegory for spiritual awakening though I have no idea if it was intended as such The story is of a girl who lives in an underground and completely self contained city created by the “Builders” The population of the city knows of nothing outside the city in fact though they speak English many of the words in it like “sky” are not understood in any terms but metaphorically The problem is that the city is falling apart the lights are going out the vast stores of supplies of light bulbs canned food and vitamins are running out The reader is in on a worse calamity namely that a secret message in a timed lock box that was left by the Builders which was meant to be handed down from mayor to mayor and that would open just in time to explain to the city dwellers how to get out of the city was lost many generations back Well being a young adult novel it’s pretty predictable in that the box is in our hero’s closet but a nice turn of events it is found by our hero’s baby sister who chews on it for a while before our hero gets her hands on it leaving the message is only partially legible So the bulk of the story is the deciphering of the message followed by the experience of trying to communicate its contents to the adults who of course don’t accept the message where else is there but here? which is the euivalent of all prophets experiences of rejection by the status uo And finally there is the adventure of eventual escapeThis book reworks the universal theme of Plato’s cave and of all mysticism What we think of as the whole universe is but shadow and further that to enter that “kingdom of heaven” you must be like a child The insight that this version of that universal story led me to is part of the answer to why childishness is a necessary component of the transformation Children haven’t yet become someone Which means who they are is not yet at stake For some reason our culture has this uestion “what are you going to be when you grow up?” Think about the hidden structures and assumptions in that uestion Who are you? Have you figured it out yet? Is what you do who you are? Is what you believe who you are? Is who you associate with who you are? I write these uestions myself in shadow not in the condition of childishness and with all of this as uaker’s say “a notion” ie not something that I have experienced but rather something I think But this thing that is mostly a notion for me that the distinction between notional and experiential living is key to awakening I am begining in small ways to actually experience


  3. Jon Jon says:

    DuPrau makes a typical first time novelist mistake throughout this book she doesn’t trust her reader to infer In other words she often over explains following up dialogue and action seuences with redundant descriptions of a character’s take on what just happened Another disappointment is that the mystery of Ember unfolds in an entirely predictable manner There are no great surprises DuPrau's characterization of Doon is one dimensional His spurts of rage create the only complexity in an otherwise flat character Lina on the other hand rings true as a 12 year old throughout the book with one exception when her grandmother dies Lina’s grieving process is so brief it feels like the author has ignored something very important The book’s strongest element was the setting Ember Throughout reading the book I could see the dark amber lights and the anxious people throughout the city I hope DuPrau will learn from some of her mistakes and produce a stronger seuel—Ember is rich with possibilities for a greater story


  4. Miss Nuding C8B Miss Nuding C8B says:

    This books makes you appreciate even the smallest of things that you may take for granted I look forward to seeing how the movie compares with the book


  5. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The City of Ember Book of Ember #1 Jeanne DuPrauMany hundreds of years ago the city of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival It worked but now the storerooms are almost out of food crops are blighted corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all—the lights are failing Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness But when two children Lina and Doon discover fragments of an ancient parchment they begin to wonder if there could be a way out of Ember Can they decipher the words from long ago and find a new future for everyone? Will the people of Ember listen to them?The City of Ember is a post apocalyptic primary to middle grade science fiction novel by Jeanne DuPrau that was published in 2003 The story is about Ember a city threatened by aging infrastructure The young protagonist Lina Mayfleet and her friend Doon Harrow the second protagonist follow clues left behind by the original builders of the City of Ember to safety in the outside worldتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز دهم ماه اکتبر سال 2016 میلادیعنوان شهر امبر؛ نویسنده جین دوپرا؛ مترجم رباب پورعسگر؛ تهران کتابسرای تندیس‏‫، ‏‫1394؛ در ؛ شابک 9786001821479؛ موضع داستانهای نویسندگان ایالات متحده آمریکا سده 21 مصدها سال پیش معمارها شهر اِمبر را ساختند و برای بقای بشر آن را پر از تمام چیزهایی کردند که مورد نیاز بود این ایده عملی شد؛ ولی حالا در انبارهای شهر، غذا تقریباً به پایان رسیده، محصولات کشاورزی فاسد شده، و این تباهی در حال پخش شدن در شهر است و بدتر از همه‌ ی اینها به پایان رسیدن موجودی لامپ‌ها است ممکن است شهر «اِمبر» به زودی غرق در تاریکی شود ولی وقتی دو نوجوان به نام‌های «لینا» و «دون» تکه‌ پاره‌ های یک نوشته‌ ی کهن را کشف می‌کنند، برایشان این پرسش پیش می‌آید که آیا راهی برای خروج از شهر اِمبر وجود دارد؟ آیا آنها می‌توانند آن نوشته‌ ی کهن را رمزگشایی کرده، و برای همگان، آینده‌ ای تازه بسازند؟ آیا مردمان شهر «اِمبر» به حرف آنها گوش خواهند داد؟ نقل از متن «دستورالعمل ها وقتی شهر امبر تازه ساخته شده بود و هنوز کسی در آن سکونت نداشت، معمار اصلی و دستیارش که خسته بودند، نشستند تا کمی در مورد آینده حرف بزنند معمار اصلی گفت «ساکنان شهر نباید حداقل تا دویست یا دویست و بیست سال شهر رو ترک کنن» دستیارش پرسید «این همه سال کافیه؟» «باید باشه نمیتونیم مطمئن باشیم» دستیارش گفت «و وقتی زمانش برسه اونها چطور متوجه میشن که چه کاری باید بکنند؟» معمار اصلی جواب داد «خوب معلومه، دستورالعملها رو براشون میذاریم» «ولی کی از اون دستورالعملها قراره مواظبت کنه؟ به کی میتونیم اعتماد کنیم که این همه سال اونها رو مثل یک راز صحیح و سالم نگه داره؟» معمار اصلی جواب داد «شهردار اونها رو نگه میداره دستورالعملها رو توی جعبه ای با قفل زماندار میذاریم تا موقعیکه زمانش برسه و خودش باز بشه» دستیار پرسید «به شهردار میگیم که توی جعبه چی گذاشتیم؟» «نه، این اطلاعات به درد اونا نمیخوره و نباید اون دستورالعملها رو ببینن تا وقتیکه زمانش برسه و قفل جعبه خودش باز شه» «پس یعنی اولین شهردار جعبه رو به شهردار بعدی و اون هم به نفر بعدی تحویل میده و سالها این روند ادامه پیدا میکنه و اونها تمام این مدت اون راز رو حفظ میکنن؟» معمار اصلی پرسید «مگه کار دیگه ای هم میتونیم بکنیم؟ هیچ تلاشی توی این راه قطعی نیست شاید تا اون موقع هیچ کسی توی شهر نمونده باشه یا اینجا هیچ جای امنی نمونده باشه تا برگردن» بنابراین جعبه به اولین شهردار شهر امبر که یک خانم بود تحویل داده شد، و از او خواستند به دقت از جعبه محافظت کند و شهردار طی جلسه ای رسمی سوگند خورد، رازدار باشد وقتی او پیر شد، و به عنوان شهردار وظیفه اش به پایان رسید، در مورد جعبه به جانشینش که شهردار جدید بود، توضیحاتی داد، و او هم جعبه را مثل یک راز نگه داشت، و همینطور نفر بعدی هم از آن جعبه محافظت کرد سالها همه چیز همانطوری که برنامه ریزی شده بود پیش رفت ولی هفتمین شهردار شهر امبر کمتر از قبلیها مورد اعتماد و دچار ناامیدی شده بود او هم مثل بیشتر اهالی شهر که سرفه میکردند مبتلا به این بیماری شده بود، و خیال میکرد داخل جعبه چیزی محفوظ شده که میتواند زندگیش را نجات دهد جعبه را از مخفیگاه که در زیرزمین سالن اجتماعات بود برداشت و به خانه اش برد و تلاش کرد آن را با چکش بشکند ولی آنقدر قوی نبود که از پس جعبه بربیاید حاصل تمام تلاشش برای باز کردن جعبه، فقط به جا گذاشتن کمی تورفتگی، روی در جعبه بود و قبل از اینکه بتواند جعبه را سر جایش برگرداند یا چیزی در مورد جعبه به شهردار بعدی بگوید از دنیا رفت جعبه پشت گنجه ای و در میان چند کیسه و بقچه ی کهنه پنهان ماند سالها گذشت و جعبه بدون اینکه کسی آن را ببیند و متوجه آن شود همانجا ماند، تا اینکه زمانش فرا رسید، و قفل جعبه آهسته و بیصدا باز شد»؛ پایان نقل ا شربیانی


  6. Olivier Delaye Olivier Delaye says:

    Before The Hunger Games 2008 there was The City of Ember 2003Well that’s not exactly true because to be completely honest about it before HG there were the Japanese novel 1999 and then movie 2000 Battle Royale from which only the blind would say that HG isn’t based upon or at least heavily inspired by Which don’t get me wrong is totally fine; inspiration comes in every shape and form and if a great bookmovie inspired HG author Suzanne Collins to write a great series then power to her and fun to us readers So all is good; Back to CE the reason why I compare it to HG is because when it came out it was to my knowledge the first post apocalyptic YA to ever hit the market In that DuPrau can only be praised for her originality and avant gardism But there the comparison ends Because if you’re looking for poor kids fighting for survival in a beat up world look somewhere else CE is not about that At all Rather it is about discovery both self and world about not taking the truth that’s given to us unuestioningly and instead go and look for another one despite all the obstacles along the way So again if you're looking for point blank survival full frontal fights and gruesome deaths you're not going to get it in this book In this sense it is a very clean and very young reader oriented story which however doesn’t fail to catch the fancy of older readers as well and thus transcends all age groups The two main characters Lina and Doon are very real very relatable and very likable; the story is very satisfactory if somewhat a little slow paced at times; the writing is very easy reading and will never make you scratch your head in confusion; finally the ending is great and will make you want to pick up book 2 right awayLong story short it’s a winner to meOLIVIER DELAYEAuthor of the SEBASTEN OF ATLANTIS series


  7. Shelly Shelly says:

    My 12 year old son just knew I would love this book He's been hounding me to read it since early last spring Finally I have read it and Jacob my son was right Omigosh What first hooked me were the vivid character descriptions that show than tell so the reader can draw their own conclusions The story is told in third person limited in two different perspectives Lina Mayfleet twelve years old sat winding a strand of her long dark hair around her finger winding and unwinding it again and again Doon Harrow also twelve sat with his shoulder's hunched his eyes aueezed shut in concentration and his hands clasped tightly togetherSo I'm busy marking up my paperback copy for examples to share with my own students when it becomes than a coincidence that I'm noticing the similarities between Ember the city and the Community in Lois Lowry's The Giver But then there is just and and I especially loved the uestioning like Lina's friend Clary's Where does life come from? What is life? and Doon's father's words of wisdom that sound strangely familiar What you get is what you get What you do with what you get thought that's the point and Pay close attention to everything notice what no oneelse notices Then you'll know what no one else knows and that's always useful


  8. Aishu Rehman Aishu Rehman says:

    Very interesting and exciting The City of Ember is a dramatic book and the three main characters Lina Doon and Poppy find a dark tunnel where they find a box of matches But they don't know what they are because they haven't discovered movable light yet And I think it is very creative and if you want to know read The City of EmberThe mayor is actually behind some of the problems of Ember Looper Lina's friend's boyfriend and the mayor are hiding rare things such as light bulbs food like peaches and lots of long gone things Lina and Doon find out and tell a guard but instead get hunted down for spreading vicious rumors But they go through the dark tunnel and find a way out of Ember and tell their parents and the three run away from Ember leaving one message


  9. Christine Christine says:

    This is for my book report The City of Ember is all about these two regular kids saving their city Doon and Lina had never thought of being twelve years old and getting jobs Lina orriginaly got chosen to work in the sewers as a pipework's laborerbut Doon knew being a messenger wouldn't do anything to help save the city so he traded with Lina Luckily Lina just so happened to be a super fast runner and that's why she thought messenger would be a perfect job for her Doon wasn't the kind of boy who loved sports and computer games he would rather be a uiet gentleman who paid attention to his bug collection all day long spending time at the library than on the couch so it wasn't normal for Doon to scream to othersThe city of Ember is not prosperingin fact everything is getting worse and worse by the minute The lights go out all the time now and the shortages the shortages are getting low on everything If no one does anything about it something terrible is going to happen When Doon and Lina unite together to solve the mysteries of their city they discover the truths of the past and the present Some people aren't as trustworthy as they seem to be When Doon and Lina figure out the last piece of the puzzle they're stuck How should the City of Ember know about the great discovery they had made? I would reccomend this book to anyone


  10. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    This book was a huge thing when I was in the fifth grade The film was coming out and it was one of the pioneers of the YA dystopian genre My sister told me I should read this one despite my adamant hatred of the similar The Hunger Games I'm glad I gave The City of Ember a chance because it's an inspiring spectacular tale of friendship shady politics horrid underground conditions and the story of how humanity rises again


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