Genre: Children's Literature
Setting: In a desolate village, years after a devastating war.
First Sentence: Torren was out at the edge of the cabbage field that day, the day the people came.
This novel is the second in the author's "Books of Ember" series. This series runs to four novels.
This story begins immediately after the main characters Lina and Doon learn how to leave Ember. Ember had been founded over two hundred years ago. The founders wanted to ensure that a group of people would survive the oncoming global catastrophe.
Living in a cave has kept them alive. But the Emberites have no knowledge of the surface.
Fortunately, there is a small village near the entrance of the cave. The people there are barely scraping by. Imagine how the people of the town would react when a large group of people arrive and ask for help. There are just so many things the Emberites don't understand.
How will the people of Sparks and the people of Ember get along?
I liked this book. The author had an interesting story to tell about the two groups of people.
One thing kept nagging at me while I read. Why don't they go back to the cave? Surely there are some things in the cave that would be helpful. Perhaps, the answer to my question will be found in one of the other books in the series.