The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau

The People of Sparks is Book Two in the Ember series and tells the story of what happens after the people of Ember find their way into the regular world. They find their way to a village called Sparks where the community has just managed to prosper in the post-apocolyptic Earth. Things start off well, with the people of Sparks trying to help the Emberites adjust to the world in the sun, but not everyone is thrilled and the stress of supporting 400 people grows. Can Lina and Doon find a way to keep the peace before a war erupts?

This book is interesting because it explores what would happen if a group of people who have worked so hard and suffered so much to create their village are forced to suddenly take care of a large group of people without the ability to support themselves. But though the topic is interesting, the novel progresses very slowly. It takes a long time for the story to really find its voice and find the interesting things.

This story felt a little more preachy than the first one, it had more of an obvious message. It’s still good and interesting, especially if you are like me and want to know what happens next with the characters.

Buy the book here: The People of Sparks (Books of Ember)


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