The City of Ember
By Jeanne DuPrau
About the Book: Lina Mayfleet desperately wants to be a messenger. Messengers spend their days outside, running from one corner of the city to the other. Instead, she draws the dreaded job of Pipeworks laborer, which means she'll be stuck in tunnels deep underground.
Doon Harrow draws messenger - and asks to trade with Lina! Doon wants to be underground. That's where the generator is, and Doon has ideas about how to fix it. For as long as anyone can remember, the great lights of Ember have kept the endless darkness that surrounds the city at bay. but now the lights are starting to flicker...
When Lina finds fragments of an ancient parchment, she and Doon put the pieces together to discover a message that seems to be directions out of the city. Is there something beyond the endless darkness? It will take all of Lina and Doon's bravery and ingenuity to find out - before the lights go out on Ember forever!
From me (About the book): I've always loved books about people who are living in "interesting" situations. I loved reading The Borrowers (remember them?) and Ember kind of reminded me of them...although the people of Ember are normal-sized. I devoured The City of Ember in just a couple hours and loved every minute spent reading it! Trying to solve the mysteries of Ember with Lina and Doon was fun. Jeanne did a great job write Ember and the other 3 books in the series: The People of Sparks, The Prophet of Yonwood and The Diamond of Darkhold. Although, if I were you, I would wait to read The Prophet of Yonwood until the end off the other three...I hated breaking the story up like that.
From me (about the movie): The movie was awesome! The filmmakers did a great job sticking with the storyline, I wasn't disappointed in the least (well...expect for the huge rodents and bugs, that was kinda odd...). It's defiantly worth spending money on!