The City of Ember Book Summary and Study Guide

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The lights of Ember, powered by a generator in pipeworks, are starting to flicker. These lights provide the only light for the city, which has a dark brown sky. Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow, who are both 12, live in the city of Ember. When Lina gets the dreaded job of pipeworks and Doon draws messenger, the two decide to trade. Little do they know what's about to happen.
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While completing her messenger duties, Lina starts to find out things about Ember. She starts to wonder what's in the darkness at the outskirts of town. And Doon is starting to find out things too. Why are the lights going out now, after they've been working so well for as long as anyone can remember? The two start to search for answers.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   post environmental/nuclear disaster, fighting MadMax gangs Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   explorer Age:    -   a teen


Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   medium future 22-24th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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