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To be very honest, this book was my least favourite of the four. It just didn't appeal to me in a way the original and second did. The story jumps back to the past where the start of Ember and why the city was created. The protagonist is also dependent on a "single" parent/guardian and seeks out another for support. It seems like this author has a thing for writing about characters with only one direct family relation to look up to. Also, I found the beginning and ending a bit hard to grasp at. The plot just unraveled a bit at the seams, but for anyone who is organized in thought this would be a good book!
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
In the Prequel to the People of Ember series, 11-year-old Nickie goes with her aunt to Yonwood to help get a house ready to be sold during the time when there is a threat of nuclear war and Nickie discovers the difference between good and evil.
Really disappointing. I felt this book detracts from the original and engaging heart of the series. It's the epitome of anti-climatic. Really worth skipping...you won't miss anything you can't glean from a quickie summary.
This is not a terrible book. While I do appreciate the thought of a prequel, the Prophet of Yonwood meanders a lot, so much so that when DuPrau finally connects the dots in the end, the anti-climactic finale feels very rushed instead of awe-inspiring. As well, DuPrau boldly incorporates many different subjects in the novel, including violence, impending/inevitable war, religion and faith, which is great to see in a young adult novel. However, the reason this Prophet of Yonwood doesn't quite work as well as People of Sparks is because the subjects and themes here aren't so much commented on and tied back in at the end, making them feel haphazardly thrown in. This book is still a decent read -- I particularly liked the parallel of the heightened tensions of the Cold War -- but it had the potential of being something greater than it was.
Terrible installment to the series. Changed my view on these books.
It is a very good book about a 11 yr old girl named nickie who vists her grandfather,s(who's is dead) town and has a list of goals she wants to do there 1 keep greenhaven ( wich is her grandfathers house). 2 fall in love 3 help the world. but then it does'nt work out as planned when there is a women who saw a vison and her friend mrs.beeson thinks they are commands from god when she says "no dogs" "no snakes" "no birdies"'no dancing or singing" which are just stuff that aren't in here dream the mrs.beeson gets rid of the dogs then they come back and nickie does fall in love in the dog odis.
I haven't yet read this book but my friend who did read it said that it seems not related to the other books but this book tells about what happened before the city of ember.
the book was okay except it had no connection between the 1 and 2 and this book.
I like this series and read it a long time ago but this book really has nothing to do with the other books in the serie...Not really....
This is another great book by Jeanne DuPrau. This takes Nickie into a quiet town-seeminly eventless. There is much more to come, she learns. One of Nickie's neighbours, has a Phrophet. A vision. Of fire, and war. What will happen? Read to find out. Five stars!
I really like the story, but don't you think it should have been the first book? But it is kind of cool that you know what is going to happen next.
This book didn't connect AT ALL to the first book untill the eploge. I liked the first one best.
This book was okay. The bad thing about it was that it had barely any ties to the other ember books until the last page.
The Prophet of Yonwood tells the story of eleven year old Nickie, who is facing some of the regular troubles of growing up and finding herself while the ongoing threat of terrorism and the apocolypse draws near. Meanwhile, she inherits her grandfather's house and aims to keep it instead of jsut fix it up and sell it, as well as looking for love and trying to make sense of where her faith lies.