My rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Page count:289
Summary From Goodreads:
It’s 50 years before the settlement of the city of Ember, and the world is in crisis. War looms on the horizon as 11-year-old Nickie and her aunt travel to the small town of Yonwood, North Carolina. There, one of the town’s respected citizens has had a terrible vision of fire and destruction. Her garbled words are taken as prophetic instruction on how to avoid the coming disaster. If only they can be interpreted correctly. . . .
As the people of Yonwood scramble to make sense of the woman’s mysterious utterances, Nickie explores the oddities she finds around town—her great-grandfather’s peculiar journals and papers, a reclusive neighbor who studies the heavens, a strange boy who is fascinated with snakes—all while keeping an eye out for ways to help the world. Is this vision her chance? Or is it already too late to avoid a devastating war?
At first, I was mildly bored with the lack of action, but the farther in the story I got, the more fond of it I grew. In a way, you could consider this realistic fiction, which I normally hate, but I ended up really liking this. It was just such a fun and short read. However, the plot was not that strong in itself, this was more of a character driven story. But seriously, this story didn’t have ANYTHING to do with The City of Ember. It turns out that Nickie’s dad was one of the builders, and eventually Nickie was a builder too. So basically only 5 pages of this book was related to the rest of the series. That didn’t really take away the enjoyment in the least bit.
The characters were… okay I guess. I liked their innocence and silliness, but they were just a bit immature for me. It was fun being in their mindset, but they were only 11. Also, Mrs. Beeson was the WORST person ever. She called herself a Christian when she had gossip patrols that judged people and if they ever sinned according to her, she put bracelets on them that were super loud and blaring like an alarm.
Overall & Recommendations:
As a story itself, this book wasn’t that great. But it was just so fun! I don’t even know why, but i enjoyed it immensely. I really like this series, and it’s perfect for children and middle graders. This might have been a bit to young for me (I’m 13), but it was none the less enjoyable.
Quotes I Liked:
“The idea seemed to be that if you prayed extremely hard–especially if a lot of people prayed at once–maybe God would change things. The trouble was, what if your enemy was praying, too? Which prayer would God listen to?”
“It’s for my God, the god of dogs, and snakes and dust mites and albino bears and Siamese twins, the god of stars and starships and other dimensions, the god who loves everyone and makes everything marvelous.”
“Kept talking about how she’s studying every holy book she can get her hands on, aiming to understand God’s word. I quoted St. Augustine to her. ‘If you understand it, it isn’t God.’ Gave her a cup of chamomile tea.”