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1. Doon and Lina like very different things. Doon wants to work in the Pipeworks; Lina yearns to be a messenger. Doon likes to study how things work. Lina likes to run and explore. But their friendship grows because they are ultimately searching for the same thing. How do they complement one another and help one another develop through the novel?

2. Earth today has many environmental and social issues. What sort of problems could have led to the building of the City of Ember?

3. Clary tells Lina, “Everyone has some darkness inside.” (p. 168) Light and color both play very key roles in the novel. In what ways, other than the failing street lamps, are color and light important?

4. The possibility of never-ending darkness changes many of Linas friends and many of the townspeople. She discovers that her friend Lizzie has begun to accept things from Looper, who is stealing things from the storerooms. Why does Lina turn down the gifts that Lizzie offers her? Do you think that she was right to do so?

5. The city of Ember was built when people were worried that the human race might not survive. Do you think this was a good plan?

6. The mayor is the most corrupt character in the novel. He squelches the thirst for knowledge and limits freedom, yet the majority of the townspeople just accept his behavior. Why do you think they act this way? What other actions might they have taken?

7. People react in various ways when they feel threatened. How do the people of Ember react to danger? Have you seen people reacting to danger in these ways? How are Poppys actions important to the plot?

8. At the end of the novel, Lina, Doon, and Poppy have discovered a sunlit earth. What do you think will become of them in the sequel? Do you think that there are other people on the surface?

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Alanie, July 18, 2011 (view all comments by Alanie)
Amazing imagination to create such a wonderful tale. Once you read the whole series you will see what I am talking about. This book is not your average story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375822735
Author:
DuPrau, Jeanne
Publisher:
Random House Books for Young Readers
Author:
Lowry, Lois
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Science Fiction
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Science Fiction
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Imaginary places
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
Giver Quartet
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
May 13, 2003
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.38x6.40x.99 in. .97 lbs.
Age Level:
10-13

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Product details 400 pages Random House Children's Books - English 9780375822735 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Reminiscent of post-apocalypse fiction like Robert O'Brien's Z for Zachariah, DuPrau?s book leaves...readers wanting more."
"Review" by , "The cliffhanger ending will leave readers clamoring for the next installment."
"Synopsis" by , The thrilling and long-awaited conclusion to the Giver Quartet.
"Synopsis" by , They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didnt exist. That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive? She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice. Son thrusts readers once again into the chilling world of the Newbery Medal winning book, The Giver, as well as Gathering Blue and Messenger where a new hero emerges. In this thrilling series finale, the startling and long-awaited conclusion to Lois Lowrys epic tale culminates in a final clash between good and evil.
"Synopsis" by , Built as an underground refuge for the human race, the city of Ember begins to deteriorate as its lights start 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.
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