Friday, February 14, 2014

The Diamond of Darkhold

written by Jeanne DuPrau

Ages: 9-14 years (approximately grades 4-9) 

The Diamond of Darkhold is the fourth and final installation of The Books of Ember series. Beginning where the second book (The People of Sparks) left off, Lina and Doon once again notice a problem in their post-apocalyptic city and work together to solve it. After having escaped their failing city in the first book (The City of Ember), finding a village willing to take them in and easing the tension between the native villagers and their city’s newcomers in the second book (The People of Sparks), Lina and Doon now set off back to their abandoned city to find enough food to get their new village through the hard winter. When they arrive back at Ember, they find far more than the stores of canned food left behind by their neighbors, but together they overcome the obstacles holding them back and, in the end, discover something far more valuable than the food they originally set out for.

A wonderful finale, Jeanne DuPrau finds a way to fit all of the series’ books, even the prequel third book (The Prophet of Yonwood), into a complete saga with all the pieces of Lina and Doon’s puzzle fitting together snugly in the end. The Books of Ember series is a part of the popular dystopian genre, similar to Young Adult selections such as The Hunger Games and Divergent series, without the intense violence and romance that is better suited for older readers. Still a darker read for some, containing evidence of a world-devastating war as well as the themes of segregation and selfishness (all of which are righted in the end), The Diamond of Darkhold -and the “Ember Saga” as a whole- is best suited for readers ages 9 to 14 (grades 4-9). Although ominous in some places, The Diamond of Darkhold and The Books of Ember series end on a clever and hopeful note that will not soon be forgotten by readers.

Find the entire series in book, audiobook, and e book formats in our catalog:
The City of Ember
The People of Sparks
The Prophet of Yonwood
The Diamond of Darkhold

The City of Ember is also available as a graphic novel, a audio disc, a playaway device, and a major motion picture in our catalog.

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