Sunday, November 21, 2010

Book Review: The Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau

The Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau
Random House, 2006

Library: Brooklyn Heights Branch
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Apocalyptic fiction

This is the third book in the Books of Ember series. It is a prequel that follows the life of a young girl, Nickie, and her aunt, Crystal, as they try to sell their great grandfather's old house in Yonwood, North Carolina. Nickie's father is working on a secret government project and her mom is working in Philadelphia. In Yonwood, the Prophet has taken to her bed and all the things she rambles about from her vision is being interpretted by a retired minister named Brenda Besson.

In a rare turn of events, I read this entire book even though I couldn't stand it. I normally will put a book down if it's hideous but I did feel as though it was important to read this one before I finish the series. I couldn't have been more wrong! Although there is an extremely solid beginning with the so called Prophet of Yonwood having a vision of a nuclear disaster, it falls flat after that.

It not only keeps the story of Ember stagnant, but it doesn't give solid answers as to what The Disaster was. Obviously there was a nuclear war, there was obviously a city built underground but all that information was sort of haphazardly mentioned in the final pages. DuPrau doesn't write this one well enough for you to care about anyone but the Dog. I'm also not sure what her stance on God is after reading parts of this novel.

I absolutely hated this book. It could've gone in so many different directions that it did not go in. Only read if you're reading the entire series and want some "back story".


  1. Hmm- interesting review. So sorry you hated the book. I haven't read this author but I like dystopia.

  2. I disliked this book, too. I really liked the first book, The City of Ember. And I thought the second book was ok. But the last one - it was hard for me to finish reading it. Conservative or religious people aren't evil and I'm seeing them used as scapegoats in literature these days.

  3. Hey Chelle just saw your comment! Totally agree! It's ridiculous!


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