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Book Review: City of Ember

Another new feature makes its debut on the site today: reviews. I was not very keen on adding this sort of thing at first because there are plenty of other places out there that do a wonderful job of reviewing books and movies and such. But after some reflection, I thought it might give people a better idea of the kinds of things I write if I shared a few of the works that have made an impression on me.

I don’t plan on posting this sort of thing regularly or all that often, but I do have more reviews on my goodreads page if you’d like to read more.

That said, here’s the first review, for a book I read only just recently.

The City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1)The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

City of Ember was a delight. Though much of the narrative is filled with tension about Lina and Doon’s efforts to save their city, there was a homey quality to the way things were described that made the story seem curiously gentle in the telling. While dystopian science fiction stories abound this was one that was strangely optimistic and wholesome. Though not all of its citizen’s were noble or honest, Ember came across as a place genuinely worth saving. The author does a marvelous job with her inventive language and descriptions of giving the reader the sense that Embers is a real place. And if the simplicity of the inhabitants is a bit hard to believe at times her words and characters are so captivating that it seems a minor quibble by the end.

Speaking of those characters, Lina comes across as a wonderfully idealistic yet at times flighty heroine. Doon is a wonderful complement to her. He is in his own way just as idealistic and yet must learn to deal with his anger and pride over wanting to be the savior of the city. The supporting cast are all enjoyable as well. In short, a fabulous read. If you choose to venture into the world of Ember, I trust you will find it as delightful and enchanting as I did.

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