A small metal box made by the Builders not to be opened for 200 years was passed down from mayor to mayor until the chain was broken. Now, almost 300 years later, the City of Ember is running low on supplies, and the lights flicker on and off frequently. Is there a way out of the city?
This book was a fantastic allegorical fiction like the “Giver” by Lois Lowry. Most of Ember is oblivious to the fact that their supplies are running low. Soon, that fact becomes more and more evident as the lights flicker on and off, and some precious commodities can no longer be bought. Many people in the city use different methods of coping. Some hoard supplies, without thinking, of course, that once the generator that makes the electricity goes out, their extra light bulbs will do no good. Some gather in study sessions to talk about what might be beyond the borders of their city and pray. But few venture out to try to find out what there is beyond.
If you liked “The Giver,” you’ll love this book. It’s not a very long book, and it moves quickly. It is pretty predictable, but I don’t think the point of the book was to leave you in suspense about what would happen at the end. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.