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November 13, 2008

Book for October

2008 Finishes: Books

Yes, I only managed to finish one. (Have I mentioned how many articles about politics I read?) We're going for at least two in November. Sigh.

City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau
Genre: Science fiction, young adult
Pages: 288
Rating: 4.5

I read this just because my book buddy at the school where I volunteer wanted to read it, so I went into it with no expectations of being particularly impressed. Boy, was I wrong. This was great. I'd recommend it to practically anyone - it's sci fi for people who don't like sci fi, and YA for people who have never really thought about reading a YA book. I don't want to say much about the plot because I don't want to ruin anything. But it was extremely good, especially from a world-building perspective. Duprau has his totally alien world clearly all mapped out, but she does a great job of dropping in hints of how the world works within the dialogue and plot rather than describing it all. There's a sequel and I can't wait to read it. There's also a movie - anyone seen it? Is it any good?

Posted by Kat at November 13, 2008 09:41 AM

Yes, I saw the movie! I had not read the book, and knew nothing about the plot/movie other than from the commercials on TV. I have a low threshold for entertainment - I don't want to have to look for deep meaning, etc., I just want to spend a couple of hours being entertained. That said, I thought the movie was good and I was surprised that there were few "big names" in it. It's probably best seen without getting too much comment beforehand - I'm afraid it would ruin it for you!

Posted by: Amy at November 13, 2008 05:46 PM
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