Book 3 of the Ember series is completely different than the two that precede it. While City of Ember and People of Sparks take place after mankind has nearly wiped itself out, Yonwood takes place before the City of Ember was created, back when things were still much like they are today. World tensions are running high and America is on the brink of war.
Althea Tower has a terrifying vision that leaves her only a shell of a person. She mumbles words that people take to be instructions from God about how to avoid destruction. Most of the town embraces her instructions wholeheartedly, giving up things in order to increase their love for God and work on being good. Nikki’s great-grandfather has just died. She and her aunt Crystal go to the small town of Yonwood to clean up the house and sell it. At least, that’s what Crystal wants. Nikki has other plans in mind, which are to move there. (Meanwhile, her father is off on a secret government mission and can’t really contact the family.) She meets Grover, a curious boy who enjoys studying snakes. Together they come to realize that maybe the things the Prophet says are not what people take them to be.
Like the City of Sparks, this story takes a long time before it reaches its high point. It is even harder to see where exactly the story is going or what the point is. I don’t find Nikki and Grover as compelling as Doon and Lina (perhaps because they aren’t so strange and different), but I do think that the end of the story, which comes full circle with the others in the series, really makes it worth the read.
Buy it here: The Prophet of Yonwood (Ember, Book 3)