Genre: Juvenile Science Fiction
Setting: In a fictional city deep underground.
First Sentence: In the city of Ember, the sky was always dark.
This novel is the first in the author's Books of Ember Series.
Years ago the Builders decided that the safest place for the people of Ember was in colony deep below the surface. They decided that the people would need to stay there for over two hundred years. And the people would have no knowledge of any other place.
The Builders left instructions for the people when it was time to return to the surface.
Unfortunately, the instructions were lost. Now it is time to return to the surface but the people and their leaders don't know.
The storage rooms are almost empty. And the machines that the people rely on for power are beginning to fail.
Two young people realize that there is something wrong. Lina Mayfleet has found an interesting piece of paper with writing on it. She is sure that the paper is a set of instructions. But for what? Doon Harrow is a pipe works laborer. He has access to the tunnels under the city. Doon has found that the greedy mayor and his friends are hiding a stockpile of scarce items and food.
When the mayor accuses them of spreading rumors, Lina and Doon must throw caution to the wind try to follow the mysterious instructions.
Will they make it to the surface?
What will they find there?
In the end, the book leaves many questions unanswered, so we must read on in book two "The People of Sparks."