The City of Ember: The First Book of Ember

Book 1 of 4 in the Books of Ember Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 8W5.059937
The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever! This stunning debut novel offers refreshingly clear writing and fascinating, original characters.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published on May 13, 2003 by Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0375822739
ISBN-13: 9780375822735
167 Book Reviews
  • smellygorilla
    smellygorillaabout 1 month33 stars
    I mean...It has the potential to be a good book, it has a good storyline, it's just the characters and the way it's executed...its meh. I wouldn't read the other books unless I had to.
    • literarylupine
      literarylupineabout 1 year22 stars
      I had... rather mixed opinions on the City of Ember. One one hand, I felt as though the concept was stunning. A dystopian city on the brink of being enveloped in eternal darkness? Yes please! But, on the other hand, this concept simply was not executed well. It felt as though most scenarios were only there for plot relevance- for instance, the food in the cellars would have to be over 200 years old- there's no way nothing went bad. Lina and Doon were Mary Sues, and almost everything worked out in their favor. This probably could've been one of my favorite books, if it had just been executed better.
      • jueonkim
        jueonkimabout 1 year55 stars
        City of Ember was built for the last refugees for the human race. The sky is always dark, there is almost no light beyond the light. There are secrets everywhere, as there are always shortages almost everywhere. There are always constant power outages, as the city is 200 years old. And people are afraid that the power will go out, and never come back. Will they find a city outside of ember? Will they escape the darkness? Read the City of Ember city to find out...
        • bruhbear
          bruhbearover 1 year55 stars
          The City of Ember was a very delightful read and I loved the puzzles and plot twists at every corner. I have personally read this book multiple times and every time it got more fun and interesting. I highly recommend it to anybody who has extra time on their hands.
          • wolfy_blue
            wolfy_blueover 1 year44 stars
            Great book!
            • frontdesk
              frontdeskabout 2 years22 stars
              I didn't really like this book. I got to about chapter three and stopped reading. πŸ˜πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
              • ilovebooks561
                ilovebooks561about 2 years55 stars
                Amazing so far!
                • sweet-readlover
                  sweet-readloverabout 2 years55 stars
                  This book is AWESOME !!!! This book is about, escaping from City of Ember. Linda and Doon gets a job at school as Linda a messenger and Doon as a pipe worker. Linda find a box in a closet and finds a secret document to find a way out of a dark no lighted city. Ember. Linda and Doon trys to find out what the document says and have an adventure generator. I won't spoil the ending. I recommend you this book. Have fun!
                  • avalanche_cooki
                    avalanche_cookiabout 2 years55 stars
                    This is BY far my fave book in like, ever! I suggest this book for those who like mystery books in series. It's hard to choose a fave part because it's all good!
                    • avalanche_cooki
                      avalanche_cookiabout 2 years55 stars
                      Guys, anyone in the right mind, hop online and read THIS MOMENT. I got the series as a gift, and I do not regret asking for it one little bit! the story is about a post disaster city, called the city of Ember. The main characters, Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow, Live here. The city is powered by a river and the generator is needing new pieces more and more frequently. the people of ember have even been experiencing longer and more blackouts! It's up to Doon and Lina to reed the instruc ion f r egres (as they found the document after poppy lina's baby sis chewed on it!!) >:-(