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, crops are blighted, 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? Will the people of Ember listen to them?
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It is always night in the city of Ember. But there is no moon, no stars. The only light during the regular twelve hours of "day" comes from floodlamps that cast a yellowish glow over the streets of the city. Beyond are the pitch-black Unknown Regions, which no one has ever explored because an understanding of fire and electricity has been lost, and with it the idea of a Moveable Light. "Besides," they tell each other, "there is nowhere but here" Among the many other things the people of Ember have forgotten is their past and a direction for their future. For 250 years they have lived pleasantly, because there has been plenty of everything in the vast storerooms. But now there are more and more empty shelves--and more and more times when the lights flicker and go out, leaving them in terrifying blackness for long minutes. What will happen when the generator finally fails?Twelve-year-old Doon Harrow and Lina Mayfleet seem to be the only people who are worried. They have just been assigned their life jobs--Lina as a messenger, which leads her to knowledge of some unsettling secrets, and Doon as a Pipeworker, repairing the plumbing in the tunnels under the city where a river roars through the darkness. But when Lina finds a very old paper with enigmatic "Instructions for Egress," they use the advantages of their jobs to begin to puzzle out the frightening and dangerous way to the city of light of which Lina has dreamed. As they set out on their mission, the haunting setting and breathless action of this stunning first novel will have teens clamoring for a sequel. (Ages 10 to 14) --Patty Campbell City of Ember is now a major motion picture (releasing in October 2008) starring Bill Murray, Tim Robbins, Martin Landau, and many more. Enjoy these images from the film, and click the thumbnails to see a larger image in a new browser window.
The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning 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! This stunning debut novel offers refreshingly clear writing and fascinating, original characters.
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Book Description Doubleday Children's Books, 2004. Book Condition: Very Good. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP79383068
Book Description Doubleday Children's Books, 2004. Book Condition: Good. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP17712241
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002242828
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR001235636
Book Description Doubleday, London, 2004. Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First UK Edition. 8vo. 1st UK edition, 1st printing, 8vo, black cloth, pp 270, . Fine in a Fine unclipped dust jacket. First novel by this author. Bookseller Inventory # 15009
Book Description Doubleday, 2004. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. A fine copy of a first edition, first impression hardback in a fine unclipped dustjacket. All books are swathed in biodegradable bubble wrap and posted in strong, custom made book boxes to ensure undamaged delivery. Bookseller Inventory # 008405
Book Description Doubleday, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 000012
Book Description Doubleday, 2004. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Thus. Very good black boards with a few white spots. Gilt text on spine. VG DJ with slight wear and sticker mark. No inscriptions. Map of the city of Ember. (V) Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 004204
Book Description Doubleday, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. First UK edition hardback in excellent condition with pristine dust jacket - rare and collectable - will send 1st class post in the uk. Bookseller Inventory # 649DW57OA4
Book Description Doubleday Childrens, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: Sehr gut. kleine Lagerspuren am Buch, Inhalt einwandfrei und ungelesen 229134 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 430. Bookseller Inventory # 382105