The People of Sparks by Jeanne Duprau

peopleofsparksduprauThe People of Sparks (Books of Ember Book 2)

 

by Jeanne DuPrau 

 

  • VOYA: 4Q4P M
  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (April 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375828257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375828256

Lina and Doon have lead 400 of the residents of Ember out of their underground haven (See The City of Ember) and into a new existence on the surface.  However the wastelands left by the Disaster that lead them underground hundreds of years ago is a hostile environment for people once dependent on generations, canned goods, and electric lights.  When the group stumbles upon Sparks, perhaps the one surviving city from before The Disaster, they are fortunate enough to be taken in, but animosity soon develops as the two vastly different cultures collide.  For the people of Sparks, doubling their population is a strain to their already struggling agricultural society.  For the people of Ember, everything is new and frightening, including the decidedly low-tech world of farming.  Fueling the fire is Tick, a militaristic and charming leader emerging and capturing the fancy of many young citizens of both societies, including Doon.  Lina is suspicious, but trusts Doon’s judgement and sets off to find the city of light from her dreams.  She returns to Spark frustrated and unnerved by the devastation she has seen.  As tensions spiral further out of control, however, Lina decides to take matters into her own hands.  After all that she has witnessed, can she prevent the last surviving people of The Disaster go to war?

Lina and Doon has matured and become intelligent and dynamic characters in this volume of the series.  As Lina searches for the elusive City of Light, her hope and determination shine.  Duprau’s meditation on the power of nonviolence and the power of one person to stand up for what they believe in is well written and will appeal to readers of all ages.  Once again, the series continues to be appealing to all genders and ages and brings a very modern ideology to the timeless field of speculative fiction.  Fans of the series will enjoy seeing their favorite citizens of Ember as they mature and face new challenges, and new readers will find the people of both cities easy to relate to and appreciate.

 

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