The City of Ember

Many hundreds of years ago, the city of Ember was created by the builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked… but now the storerooms are almost out of food, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all – the lights are failing. Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness.

But when two children, Lina and Doon, discover fragments of an ancient parchment they begin to wonder if there could be a way out of Ember. Can they decipher the words from long ago and find a new future for everyone?

I confess that I do not read much fiction these days. But every so often a great story comes around and grabs my attention.

Some months ago I rented out the movie of The City of Ember, to watch with my teenage children. It looked like an exciting movie, featuring a few famous actors – Tim Robbins and Bill Murray, for example. Besides I have a thing for post-apocalyptic stories.

We really enjoyed the film. It holds its own as an engaging and well-paced story and the production values are pretty high. I found it quirky in an endearing way.

The movie is based on the novel of the same name, by Jeanne DuPrau. On the back of enjoying the movie, we got hold of a copy of the book and after the children read it, I ended up taking it with us on our summer holiday. I think the book is squarely aimed at the youngsters but I was unashamedly hooked, despite the fact that I knew the story from watcing the movie. DuPrau has a simple yet captivating writing style and it had me reeled in good and proper.

I recommend the book. It’s an easy read and has lots of material to talk about with your family members, young and older.

– Book recommendation by James.

And here is the movie of the story (below). This is one of those few occasions (I think) when you can enjoy either the book or the movie, or both – and in either order.