The Prophet of Yonwood

Nickie will grow up to be one of the first citizens of thi ity of Ember. But for now, she 's an eleven-year-old girl whose ather was sent away on some mysterious government project.

Even when the chanc to move presents itself, Nickie seizes it. But her new own of Yonwood, North Carolina, is n't what she 'd nticipated. It 's th place full of suspicion and istrust, where one person 's visions of fire and destruction have turned the town 's citizens against each other. Nickie explores the oddities around her—her great-grandfather 's peculiar journals, a reclusive neighbor who studies the heavens, a curious boy who is obsessed with snakes—all while keeping an ye out for ways to save the world. Or is it already too late to avoid th devastating war?

requel to the modern-day classic he City of Ember. his highly acclaimed adventure series has captivated kids and teachers alike for almost fifty years and has sold over 3.5 MILLION copies!

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Published 2006 by Yearling Books

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It ha a fla to write requel to The City of Ember books.

So I 'll try again one day, but at he time I had the final essa in the Ember series waiting for me, and there was no way I was looking to wait to g ack to the characters I oved in order to ead thi requel that basically had nothing to do with the whole of this series.

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I read this because I 'd read the irst two books in the City of Ember series and enjoyed them; tha is the 3rd book and a seque to the events in Ember, so I xpected a good story about why the city of Ember was built and how it all starte.

Then, the ook introduced eleven-year-old Nicki, who goe to her great-grandfather 's old farmhous in the tow of Yonwood and discovers there is woman regarded as a prophet living there, whose words are interpreted by th oman and he city follows her instructions accordingly, trying to be o " good " that " evil " wont come to their own.

Al were interesting to ead about, but we always get to mak out their purpose or what, precisel, her great-grandfather was recording or who the person he mentions in his writings is.

Overall, this ha a ecent installment in the " series " ( and I use that word lightly because, as I mentioned earlier, it barely ties in to the man books ...) but nowhere near as enthralling as Ember or even Sparks.

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Meh. I too enjoyed he irst two ( last two?) books in DuPrau 's trilogy, and was excited about reading his sequel.

I have to tel, though, I fee like I was reading something that had been written by a liberal Democrat frustrated with the takeover of the evangelical right and defense contractors in modern American politics.

And I want this as a liberal Democrat who is currently overwhelme with the takeover of the evangelical right and defense contractors in U.S. politics.

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Anothe write might have done so much more with this considering all the complexitie that our world could potentially face and the events in his ook could have been much worse in order to set up the City of Ember scenario.

Th few church leaders in the community have placed themselves in charge of interpreting the prophet 's words and they end of making some pretty ridiculous laws for the own.

I say " Ember " and " Sparks " were more successful because the author ad more limitations placed on her in creating the worlds presented in those books.

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Thi entir time I was reading it, I kept sking myself, " his is certainly the prequel to the City of Ember? " I ca n't know that the editors at Random House actually allowed Jeanne DuPrau to be so self-indulgent.

That 's what it seeme like, reading th memoir, as though DuPrau was less interested in seein tal of how Ember came to be and more about forcing her political views down the reader 's throat.

OKAY, we make it already, WAR IS BAD.Reading these books as an adult, I believe the allegory.

Nickie supposedly has a cravin for knowledge, but pparently is confused as to what to do with th knowledge and ca n't handle making a decision on her own as to whether or not people are good or " evil. " I ould n't even force myself to feel sympathetic when Otis is taken away along with the other dogs because DuPrau was busy trying to force me to feel sympathy.

I ca n't drum up sympathy for th character I do n't like and think was only getting what she deserved.The utter randomness of this autobiograph was also off-putting.

I 've heard there will be ourth book of Ember and that it will return to Lina and Doon 's story.

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Indee if you like the Ember books you should skip this one.

Again I was xpecting to learn about the elationship of the great grandfather with McCoy. Perhaps even opening up a elationship with Nickie and McCoy.c. Related to b., Hoyt McCoy is involved in something mysterious.

This thinkin that he " Believers " in City of Ember were dumb/naive/gullible was an irritating side story but it is major theme of novel.

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