The Prophet of Yonwood
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... show more
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?In this prequel to the acclaimed The City of Ember and The People of Sparks, Jeanne DuPrau investigates how, in a world that seems out of control, hope and comfort can be found in the strangest of places.From the Hardcover edition.
Publish date: May 8th 2007
Pages no: 289
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Science Fiction
, Middle Grade
, Post Apocalyptic
Series: Book of Ember (#3)
Style change For me, I found the style of writing changed, and maybe not for the better. DuPrau seems to aim for an older audience with this book, rather than the younger more adventurous approach she used with the previous two books. I have already read the fourth book, and I believe this book shou...
Answers some questions I had leftover after finishing The City of Ember (mostly why did people build a huge underground city and how long did it take them). I think I enjoyed it more the first time around. This time, the story didn't capture me and I ended up skimming a lot of it. ETA: If you name...
I was really curious to see how this would link up to City of Ember and People of Sparks. The direct connection is slight--the protagonist does eventually end up in Ember, but only in the Epilogue. The novel still snugly fits in with the series nevertheless, because of its themes.DuPrau doesn't shy ...
I'm afraid to say that I can't quite find a point for this book. Nothing all that much happens - there's the promise of a struggle against an archetypical fundamentalist, there's the promise of Armageddon, there's even apparently a guy who has a map of the known universe inside his house... but non...
Religion-bashing does not belong in a children's novel. That's all I'll say.