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The People of Sparks (City of Ember Book 2)

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Jeanne DuPrau spends several hours of every day at her computer, thinking up sentences. She has this quote taped to her wall: "A writer is someone for whom writing is harder than it is for other people" (Thomas Mann). Lina seeks out Clary and asks her to come look at the Instructions. She tells Clary everything about Mayor Cole and the room in the Pipeworks. Clary sighs that there’s darkness everywhere in Ember, even inside the people. In people, the darkness manifests as greed. Clary also notes that Lina’s seed sprouted. When Clary looks at the Instructions, she suggests that the title is “Instructions for Egress”—Instructions to leave the city. Lina shares this with Doon and they decide to announce their discovery at the Singing celebration in two days. The next day, Doon sneaks Lina into the Pipeworks again. Following what they can read of the Instructions, they discover a ladder down to the river and a door. Inside are boxes marked “matches” and “candles,” and when Lina and Doon figure out that candles are moveable lights, they’re thrilled. Using the candles, they can see that the room contains hundreds of boats, which are supposed to float on the river and carry them out of Ember. 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. Along with the twist I mentioned above, there were one or two other twists that I didn't expect but enjoyed. I can be pretty good at guessing story twists ahead of time so when I don't guess one that's fun for me. The People of Sparks is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American writer Jeanne DuPrau, published in 2004. It is the second "Book of Ember" in the series, and a sequel to The City of Ember; other books in the series include The Prophet of Yonwood and The Diamond of Darkhold.

Lina and Doon escaped the dying city of Ember and led their people to the town of Sparks. But it’s winter now, and the harsh realities of their new world have begun to set in. When Doon finds a book that hints at an important, long-lost device, it doesn’t take much for him to convince Lina to join him for one last adventure in the place they used to call home. But will this mysterious technology be enough to help their people? And what— and who—will they find when they return? With more than 3.5 million copies sold, the City of Ember books are modern-day classics. Lina and Doon’s heart-pounding journey to save their people has captivated readers around the world, and the four adventures are bound together here for the very first time! Before there was Ember…there was Yonwood. Discover the prophecy that started it all in this prequel to the The City of Ember—a modern-day classic with over 4 MILLION copies sold!Flaherty, Mike (October 13, 2008). " 'Ember' glows in N.Y.". New York. New York: New York Media, LLC.

In the English system you start by learning architecture. Actually you’re first job is making tea. English art departments are regimented by how you’re supposed to make the tea, based on colors charts. You use different shades to tell which teas everyone wants. It’s hell,” he laughs. “Then you work your way up to assistant where you have to learn to do the drawing and set design and all that kind of stuff. But it does give you a good grounding so that when you do become a production designer you know what all the different disciplines are. And occasionally I make the tea.”

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The heart of the allegory is in the different responses by various citizens to their town's problem: those who deny the problem, those who wait blindly for rescue, those who selfishly hoard as many goods for themselves as they can. It is easy to make application to various groups in our own society. Lina and Doon are among the few who actively search for a positive solution. Even within their own hearts they struggle with conflicts of fear and pride, which might have hindered the saving of the city. It’s not all completely fake either. There are one or two pieces of heavy equipment that were left over from the shipwright days that they didn’t bother to move, just incorporated into the design of the generator, the most prominent being a giant red boxy-type thing who’s original purpose I couldn’t begin to guess at. There’s also quite a lot of water all over the floor, causing several of us to slip, as they test their man made pool. It unfortunately keeps us from getting too close to the set itself. All we can really get a good look at is the top of what eventually will be giant wheel, one of two that use the flow of the river to turn the generator’s great turbines. A realistic post-apocalyptic world. DuPrau’s book leaves Doon and Lina on the verge of undiscovered country and readers wanting more.”—USA Today 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 sequences 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. I wish this didn't preach quite so much, but I will read the last book in the trilogy because I want to see where it goes.

A graphic novel adaptation by comic book artist Niklas Asker was released on September 25, 2012. [2] Plot summary [ edit ] The weak writing, admittedly present in City of Ember, is more apparent here in the second book...and the story is a bit overbearing & heavyhanded with its message, at the expense of the story-unfolding... The message is peace-keeping and war-avoiding though, so I guess I have a bit of leniency for the message-hammering. Unfortunately we can’t look around the building itself too much, we just have enough time to be herded into the Titanic art department room. It’s a brilliant old room. Because they were working in the days when getting a lot of incandescent lighting in one place was difficult and expensive, the art room is actually it’s own tiny wing protruding from the building stretching up almost two stories, with huge bay windows at one end and sky lights along the great curved roof, all to let in as much sunlight as possible for the engineers and designers to work by. Like everything else here it’s wonderfully decorated, with delicate molding on the columns and along the walls and ceiling. It’s hard to believe anyone ever went to this much trouble for what is essentially a drafting office. Nowadays its just cubicles and drawing tables. The building itself is now a historical landmark. Placed along the skylights themselves are various blown up photos of the construction of Titanic, reminding everyone why the building is there and what this room was originally used for. This is where the Titanic and her sister ships were dreamed up. I found a lot of the build-up of conflict (to set the stage for the peace message) between the People of Ember and People of Sparks pretty dull. Still, it's decent for fans who want more of Lina and Doon--and it provides some mind-flipping concepts for the upper elementary set, which is fun.I really enjoyed the character dynamics DuPrau set up in this novel. With very few exceptions, all of the players were honestly trying to do good. She set up some great conflicts which resulted in each group of people trying to do what was good, and yet that "good" was conflicting and causing tension. It's the old adage "you can't please everyone all the time." There are always self-interests of individuals and even of groups which will collide with other individuals and groups. This book presented great examples of how people interact and shows motivation for making compromises and looking at the situation from the point of view of the other person. Celebrate a modern-day classic with this DELUXE EDITION, which includes an introduction by Jeanne DuPrau and a brand-new story! This highly acclaimed adventure series about two friends desperate to save their doomed city has captivated kids and teachers alike for almost fifteen years and has sold over 3.5 MILLION copies! The characters in this book are interesting, and I found I liked nearly all of them. The characters that are portrayed as villains, have many different layers, and are not just evil, and the character that is portrayed as a sort of hero has many different sides to him. I think Jeanne DuPrau did a great job at coming up with a variety of characters, that are thought provoking and interesting to read about. Unlike other books, I found myself drawn to every aspect of the story, not just one characters adventure.

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