Tuesday 19 May 2009


The People of Sparks picks up where The City of Ember leaves off. Lina and Doon have emerged from the underground city to the exciting new world above, and it isn’t long before they are followed by the other inhabitants of Ember. The Emberites soon come across a town where they are welcomed, fed, and given places to sleep. But the town’s resources are limited and it isn’t long before resentment begins to grow between the two groups. When anonymous acts of vandalism push them toward violence, it’s up to Lina and Doon to discover who’s behind the vandalism and why, before it’s too late.

Wow! This was a seriously great book! I watched the movie CITY OF EMBER a few months ago and really enjoyed it. I debated whether to borrow the book to read before this one, but in the end decided to just move onto the sequel. Sometimes, if I read the book after watching the movie it gets a little weird.

I'm glad I read this one! The premise is an interesting one: what happens when over 400 people from an underground city suddenly arrive in a small town of about 300? The instant answer is to, of course, offer them a place to stay, food to eat, and clothes to wear. But what if so many people threaten the survival of your own town? Like I said, a very interesting concept that was so well executed that I couldn't stop reading. I knew that human nature would wind up calling the shots, but didn't expect it to go in the direction it did.

It's amazing how easily humans can turn to paranoia and violence, huh? It might have been a story but the human nature was still very accurate. Even after a Disaster that wiped out most of the population, violence and prejudice still exist. I also loved the concepts of roamers and now need to find out if there are more books in this series. :)

This is a great book, once again proving that Lina and Doon's initial bravery wasn't a fluke.

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