The City of Ember is the first book published in Jeanne DuPrau’s New York Times bestselling Books of Ember series for young adults. Set in Ember, a crumbling underground city, the 2003 post-apocalyptic novel follows young protagonists Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow as they attempt to solve a series of clues to escape to the world beyond Ember. The City of Ember was adapted into a movie in 2008.


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