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Books of Ember: Another Late-night Review

I really need to stop posting during the late hours of the night, but it's alright if you don't mind a little bit of crazy mingled in with the review.

Tonight I finished the second book in the Books of Ember series, People of Sparks. Again, it's listed as a children's book, but much can be learned from the story and the characters.

It looks like the author, Jeanne DuPrau, meant this book to be a dissection of war; a cause and effect book. Mission accomplished! It did not take much reading between the lines to see the small character developments such as Doon growing in the subtle way of stopping further injury to a baby bird, and realizing that other characters are not as virtuous as they initially appeared...cough, cough...how disappointing. This was only one of the ways that DuPrau displayed her entertaining and relaxing storytelling skills.

Now, let's take a pause as we wait for the train, Thought, to pull back into the station. Right.

Every story needs a bad guy, and the bad guy in People of Sparks was certainly unexpected. It just goes to show that though someone has skills, if not mentored, the person those skills can be used for malicious actions. This idea is demonstrated by just about every character in the book, and is true for every person in the real world. Points for realism.

There were a few things that were not touched on in the book, but listing the few minor complaints would spoil the story, so we'll just leave it on a happy note. Every work can be revised a thousand times over and still will not be perfect to some; it all depends on the person reading to manuscript. Some may think Jeanne's works perfect, and I couldn't do nearly as well as she did, but as I said before: there is usually always room for improvement.

My only real complaint is the ending. If DuPrau had not written another book, the ending would not be very satisfactory, but that's probably due to the lack of an epilogue, which is reserved for the last book. A nice teaser for a third book? There is a third book, and even a fourth. Buying People of Sparks is not a regrettable choice, and I would buy it again if need be. The series is definitely a buy-worthy saga.

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Hey, thanks for posting this. I am *almost* encouraged to read this book, though I'm left at the end of your review wondering precisely in what genre this story resides. It's described at the end here as a 'saga' but I think maybe useful to touch the tips of your brush on the type of story it is, and maybe unpack the plot on a broad scale so we know what kind of story it is. If it's a hero-type quest, wherein Doon is the main protagonist, it might be worth giving six or ten words' description to Doon's position in the hierarchy and a broad sense of his/her goal.

I know you're intimate with this material, but for those of us who are not, the character developments of Doon have not quite been described to the point that they resonate.

Looking forward to reading more from you - your writing has some energy to it that I like.
~Plurps
 
Pluralized;bt10836 said:
Hey, thanks for posting this. I am *almost* encouraged to read this book, though I'm left at the end of your review wondering precisely in what genre this story resides. It's described at the end here as a 'saga' but I think maybe useful to touch the tips of your brush on the type of story it is, and maybe unpack the plot on a broad scale so we know what kind of story it is. If it's a hero-type quest, wherein Doon is the main protagonist, it might be worth giving six or ten words' description to Doon's position in the hierarchy and a broad sense of his/her goal.

I know you're intimate with this material, but for those of us who are not, the character developments of Doon have not quite been described to the point that they resonate.

Looking forward to reading more from you - your writing has some energy to it that I like.
~Plurps

Like I said, don't type a review at night XD Thanks for the feedback.

It's hard to say anything without spoiling, but Lina and Doon are the protagonists, and in book one, the antagonist is the mayor and his group; in book two, it is hard to say without revealing anything...it's not who the reader would initially suspect.

The genre is probably dystopian fantasy, though I cannot be sure.

Your suggestions are appreciated and will be implemented.
 

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