Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Book Review: The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau

Library: Clinton Hill Branch
Genre: YA Fiction, Sci-fi/Dystopia

In this sequel to The City of Ember, Lina and Doon have led 400 of Ember's inhabitants to a new above ground city called Sparks. The town leaders reluctantly agree to give them food and shelter for 6 months. After that, the Emberites have to venture out to the surrounding lands.

I didn't want to give too much away just in case you haven't read The City of Ember. I was sort of interested in where the story would go in this new world for the people of Ember so I slowly started reading this novel. It was so much more exciting and quicker than CoE that I finished it fairly quickly.

Duprau did such a great job of making you care about the characters. I enjoyed meeting Maddy the mysterious female roamer and hope that she plays a major part in the future stories. I also liked the positive messages that are hidden throughout the story!! If I taught an English class, I'd totally have them all read this book.

I enjoyed The People of Sparks so much and will definitely read the final two of the series!


  1. I have been looking for something outside my norm to read. I think that I will check this out!

  2. I agree with your review.
    I watched the movie "City Of Ember" before I had ever heard of the books, and I really liked it. I then listened to the audio books of this series and really enjoyed them. I found it to be a unique post-apocalyptic type fantasy series.

  3. Great review :) I remember my 5th grade teacher reading City of Ember to my class in summer school and that I loved it. For some strange reason I never really got to People of Sparks or the others. But now maybe I should :)

  4. I read the review of Prophet first. Glad that you liked this book and that it had positive messages.

  5. Thanks for the review. I have heard of a movie called The City of Ember but I've never seen it. I didn't know this was a series of books, though. They sound good. I'll have to check them out.


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