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I have just recently finished your first novel, The City of Ember. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and plan on reading the other novels in the series! I may even consider seeing the movie, although movies typically aren’t as great as the book.
I found The City of Ember to be a very exciting book that kept my attention until the very end. One of the most interesting parts of the story to me would be the setting. I did not fully understand where the entire book took place until the end of the novel. A world without a sun was very difficult to imagine, but easy once it was explained. As for the physical setting of Ember, I thought it was very thought out and creative. Although the written description in the book lacked a complete plan of the city, it wasn’t until I finished the book that I realized there was a map of the city in the front of the book! The setting that was described in the book made me feel like I had visited the place before. My favorite was the description of the earth when Lina and Doon first reached the outside world. Their first encounter of a bird really made me think. How would I react to something that wonderful the first time I saw it?
I noticed many conflicts that existed in the book. Some of the main conflicts were between Lina and Doon within themselves. They both believed something more was out there they didn’t know about. Possibly the main conflict in the book was with the city itself. What would happen if the lights turned off forever? What if the storerooms ran out of products? These were many of the questions the people of Ember feared everyday.
Another theme I picked up on involved power. Sincerely. to himself. they both believed there was something missing. It was packed full of adventure and kept me guessing until the very end.” by John Dalberg-Acton relates to this situation. I thought this theme was more hidden and would go over the heads of many readers. The mayor lies to the people of Ember and claims the city is out of the many treasures he enjoys every day. the mayor has absolute power. I greatly enjoyed your novel The City of Ember. I wonder if you meant to include this theme in the book as a kind of hidden message. The quote “Power tends to corrupt. Ryan Floyd . absolute power corrupts absolutely. did. such as the peaches. They wanted a world that was better than Ember and were determined to find it and. Although there was absolutely no proof and they were brought up believing Ember was the only “light in the darkness”. He controls the city and also controls one of the most important aspects of the city: the storerooms. The whole entire story I was wondering where Ember was! I can’t wait to move onto the next book in the series. The mayor takes advantage of his power and keeps many delicacies. The first theme I picked up was following something you believe in. Overall. In Ember. Power tends to corrupt people and I believe this also is meant to relate to the world in which we live in today. Both Lina and Doon believed there was a separate city besides Ember.I saw two main themes emerge in The City of Ember. through their determination.