With more than 3.5 million copies sold, the City of Ember books are modern-day classics. Lina and Doon's heart-pounding journey to save their people has captivated readers around the world, and the four adventures are bound together here for the very first time!
Escape the Dark. Discover the Adventure.
The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. But now with terrifying blackouts sweeping through the streets, Lina and Doon know it’s only a matter of time before the lights go out and never come back on again. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she and Doon explore long-forgotten parts of their dying city as they race to solve the mystery. If they succeed, they will have to convince everyone to follow them into danger and an exciting new world. But if they fail? The lights will burn out and the darkness will close in forever.
The series begins with the groundbreaking dystopian novel The City of Ember, the story of a girl, a boy, and their beleaguered city. Through the sequel, The People of Sparks, the satisfying conclusion, The Diamond of Darkhold, and the prequel, The Prophet of Yonwood, author Jeanne DuPrau offers a vision of hope that, while sometimes flickering against the darkness, ultimately shines through, like the bright dawning of a new world.
"Encourages [young readers] to tackle the most ambitious tasks."--The New York Times Book Review
"A deftly constructed fable."--San Francisco Chronicle
The City of Ember
* "An electric debut!"--Publishers Weekly, Starred
* "The likable protagonists are not only courageous but also believably flawed by human pride, their weaknesses often complementing each other in interesting ways. The cliffhanger ending will leave readers clamoring for the next installment."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred
* "DuPrau uses the puzzle, suspenseful action, and lots of evil characters to entice readers into the story. They will find the teen characters believable and gutsy. Part mystery, part adventure story."--VOYA, Starred
An ALA Notable Book
A Kirkus Reviews Editors' Choice
A New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Selection
The People of Sparks
* "DuPrau clearly explores themes of nonviolence and when to stand up for oneself. While less gritty and mechanical than Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines and more interpersonal than Lois Lowry's The Giver and Gathering Blue, this title will hold a similar appeal for readers who enjoy speculative fiction."--School Library Journal, Starred
"DuPrau skillfully and confidently develops the idea of scarcity and how human beings react to a depletion of resources. A thought-provoking novel about brinkmanship and the way societies can plant the insidious seeds of war."--Publishers Weekly
"This fast-paced tale of post-Apocalyptic strife will resonate with new and returning fans alike."--Kirkus Reviews
The Prophet of Yonwood
"Apropos to what is happening in the world today."--Booklist
"This novel has a great deal of immediacy in light of current world events. It sharply brings home the idea of people blindly following a belief without questioning it."--School Library Journal
"DuPrau effectively depicts a community in the grip of a millennial fever. A provocative read."--Kirkus Reviews
The Diamond of Darkhold
"Once again, the teens, both remarkably self-sufficient and imaginative, are able to save themselves and figure out at least a small part of the mystery left behind by the Builders. Satisfying, indeed."--School Library Journal
"The conclusion is everything a series closer should be, satisfying but provocative."--The Horn Book Magazine
JEANNE DuPRAU is the New York Times bestselling author of the City of Ember books, which have been translated into multiple languages and are an award-winning staple in elementary school classrooms. She's also the author of Escape the Vortex, a title in the multiplatform sci-fi adventure series Voyagers. Jeanne lives in Menlo Park, California. Visit her website at jeanneduprau.com.