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In the spring 2003, kids, parents, teachers, librarians—whole communities—discovered and fell in love with Jeanne DuPrau's story about a doomed city, and the two children who found a way out. Nearly 10 years later, that story, The City of Ember, is a bona fide classic, with over 1.7 million copies sold. Now experience Jeanne DuPrau's vision anew as artist Niklas Asker faitIn the spring 2003, kids, parents, teachers, librarians—whole communities—discovered and fell in love with Jeanne DuPrau's story about a doomed city, and the two children who found a way out. Nearly 10 years later, that story, The City of Ember, is a bona fide classic, with over 1.7 million copies sold. Now experience Jeanne DuPrau's vision anew as artist Niklas Asker faithfully brings to life the glare of the lamps, the dinginess of the streets, and the brilliance of the first sunrise....

Title : The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel
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ISBN : 9780375968211
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 144 Pages
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The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel Reviews

  • David
    2019-01-30 00:58

    HOW DID I MISS THIS BOOK???A graphic novel interpretation of a book I had never really heard of... and let me tell you, I am NOT sorry I noticed it on the bookshelf, and thought "huh. this is interesting" ...interesting enough to pick UP and check OUT of the library.Really, they're lucky I'm letting go of their copy and getting my own, because this book is THAT GOOD.Have you ever watched those movies, as a kid probably, where a child finds out there is a secret world, a secret city, or a secret people just... OVER THERE?What... what if it was the opposite?No, go on... Think about it for a moment. I'll be right here.Yeah... you're just living your life...and BAM.You're the Secret World in question.Yep.That's how it works.Nothing is, as you thought it WAS... the whole concept of the WORLD you live in was overturned, and not because fairies live in the basement, or little people live in the forest... but because YOU... EXIST.How's that strike ya?If you're me, that strikes you like a five-star book, that's how!Now... where is my piggybank... it has a date with a hammer, so I can get me a copy of this for myself......and someone said something about a novel, too...*Crash!*

  • Eesha
    2019-02-08 08:12

    2.5 actually, I have read the actual novel and I personally thought it was much better than the graphic novel. Also I have read the second book and it was great, n does anyone know if there is a graphic novel for that too? Anyways, especially considering the fact that it's a comic book, I was upset to see that all the action was not expressed very well. You couldn't get into the book, and it kind of just skimmed through the story. It didn't have all the details. Maybe I had too high expectations, but if you've read the book than maybe you understand that the graphic novel is just lacking with all the emotion and details that the book did. However I think creating a graphic novel was a great idea and it'd be interesting to read some other graphich novels for the actual novel.

  • A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
    2019-02-15 03:15

    *Book source ~ LibraryThe Builders created the city of Ember long ago. The only light is what is produced by the water running underneath the city, but the electricity is beginning to fail no matter how many times repairs are made. In addition, the city is running out of food stores and the government is corrupt. Two children, Lina and Doon, discover a way out of the city, but will the citizens believe them? Unfortunately, they have to flee before they’ve told anyone about the potential way out. Have they jumped from the frying pan into the fire? Or is there really a better place than Ember?I haven’t read the books though they are on my TBR since my daughter enjoyed The City of Ember. In fact, I picked up this graphic novel because she did enjoy it and after she read it I thought, what the heck and picked it up. It was a quick read as most graphic novels are and I really liked the artwork. The story gives me a pretty good idea of what the novel is about and I’ll still read it (eventually lol) because there is no way for a graphic novel to tell the whole deal. All-in-all a very enjoyable read.

  • Sarah Briel
    2019-01-26 05:23

    I'll always like the story of The City of Ember, but I'm pretty sure I'll always like it best in it's original book form.I wasn't crazy about this, as a graphic novel. The artwork didn't match up with me mental image of the story 100%, and I feel like the entire story just works much better (at least for me) in a book. The graphic novel didn't really capture a lot of the suspense of the original story. It also did leave out a couple points, which is completely understandable as you can't really fit it all in here and they weren't really necessary for the plot, which ... I would have liked to see. Overall, it was interesting seeing the story in a different format, but personally, the original book was more for me. ;)

  • babyhippoface
    2019-02-15 01:25

    I'm generally not a graphic novel person. All the busyness makes me a little crazy. But I liked the novel City of Ember so much that I wanted to see how Lina's world would look in a graphic novel. And it's pretty good. Much like I imagined (although Lina herself is not the way I pictured her).Some kids who would not read the novel will read this. That's a plus. And this is well done. But there is so much more to the story that has been left out. All the tension that is so beautifully placed into the storyline just isn't there. There isn't time. The format doesn't allow for the language that builds that tension. Example: the scene where Lina has been captured by the guards and is being taken away when the lights go out. She escapes to the rooftop then has to try to find her way down and out without being seen. That lasts about 12 panels in the graphic novel. I got the idea, but I wasn't nervous for Lina, the way I was when I read the novel. And the egress scenes--Lina and Doon had to endure a lot more danger than I felt here. If you can't get a kid to read the book, then hand him this one. But don't shortchange him and give him this first just because graphic novels are "cool". Maybe it's just because I'm not big on graphic novels, but the original book was so much better.

  • Angie
    2019-01-30 07:01

    SQUEAL! Got to see a preview of this one.The good ... the graphic novel style? It's totally growing on me. The artwork in this one is COOL. Managed to totally convey the sense of place without giving everything away.The not quite as good ... for the sake of space (I would guess) some parts of the story were abbreviated. Now, if you hadn't read the original you may not even notice it. But if you HAVE read it ... I kind of felt like it left the pacing and FEEL of the story a little wanting. Examples include how fast they decipher the clues in the note. Lizzie's friendship with Looper. (Is it just me or is it so quick here it's a little untoward?) Lina telling Doon about her grandmother.To me? It's kind of like the difference between a movie and the book. Both are different art forms and have strengths and weaknesses. So your best bet? ENJOY BOTH.

  • Alyanna Belle
    2019-02-17 06:00

    Looked over the book piles and noticed this, initially thought "hey, this seems interesting..." but it wasn't JUST interesting, it deserves to be known! I have absolutely no idea why this isn't famous. This dystopian idea is classic and ageless. While I have no idea how the actualy book turned out, the graphic retelling is great and well-paced.This is about the city of Ember, with it's lights in the city but beyond that city, everything else is Darkness. This is about a boy with revolutionary ideas, Doon; and a girl who loves her younger sibling more than anyone and just wants a better life for them and their grandmother. This is a story about hope and humanity, and home.Beautiful idea for a novel. Beautifully illustrated. Beautiful work. Beautiful, just beautiful!

  • Izzy Book Queen
    2019-02-11 04:23


  • Reading is my Escape
    2019-02-11 03:06

    City of Ember, Graphic Novel - Review   This is a great story made even better by the gorgeous artwork. I read the book a couple years ago but was never interested in the sequels. Now I find myself wondering what happens next. Maybe I will find the next book in graphic novel format too. I read this as part of Booklikes-opoly as a book beginning with "C". Now that I'm finally finished, I guess I can roll again since it is still the 19th. :) 

  • Danielle Beltz
    2019-02-14 06:11

    Honestly, I was not as impressed as I thought I would be. I haven't seen the movie, but I had heard great things about this. However, the story fell flat and the plot was thin and undeveloped. I'm sure that there's more to it, but this one... Not a favourite.

  • Isabel
    2019-01-25 07:01

    This book was pretty good. I think that it rushed through some parts of the book though. It really gives you a view of what you imagined in your head.

  • Valeria
    2019-02-09 04:20

    I read it like last year I think and it is interesting because it is like of mystery

  • Amelia
    2019-02-20 04:24

    Ember: The Novel Was A Shining Adventure, The Graphic Novel... A Little DimA Review By: Amelia Interested in more book reviews? Check out my blog Bookworms Unite! ( some point in the last two decades or so, humanity has stopped seeing the future as a shining utopia but instead as a decaying and frightening dystopia that must be survived, endured instead of enjoyed. Ember falls into the latter category and it’s an amazing take on the concept.The City of Ember is doomed. It was created hundreds of years ago but those known only as the Builders. It contained everything needed for human survival and it worked... for a time. The storerooms are almost out of food, corruption is spreading, and the generator that supplies the electricity is on the brink of stopping and never coming back on. But hope is revived for two children, Lina and Doon, when they discover a parchment that could be the way out of Ember. But can they decipher it before the lights go out forever?The original author of The City of Ember is Jeanne DuPrau. She received a BA in English Literature from Scripps College in California and before penning The City of Ember series, she was a high school English teacher and an editor for educational publishing companies. The adapter of the book into the graphic novel is Dallas Middaugh, who is a comics industry veteran turned teacher who writers for Bleeding Cool about his new course at NYU; and Nikals Asker, a Swedish comic book artist best known for his debut graphic novel Second Thoughts.The art style of Ember is a plain one. Not simple, not minimalistic, just plain. Plain and so, so boring! The characters have no depth and very little emotions, the surroundings are drab and completely unvaried. Some might argue that the landscapes are meant to be that way since the novel takes place in a huge, completely dark cave, but I don’t feel like even that covers the laziness in this art! The colours all run together like mud, and (getting back to the characters) why are their complexions so dark? If they’ve never known ultra violet light, they live in the dark aside from artificial light bulbs, and they were all coloured to have tanned skin! I don’t know if this was done to try and convey the shadows of Ember, but it just didn’t work for me.While the novel The City of Ember was so fascinating in its bleakness and claustrophobia, the graphic novel just doesn’t compare. Ember is a place where that old saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ doesn’t apply. The pressure of the all-encompassing blackness of the city doesn’t translate from word to picture because you need light for pictures! You can have a whole chapter dedicated to darkness in a book but to do that in something where the medium is pictures is near–if not totally–impossible.My final thoughts on the graphic novel Ember are that it’s a little lackluster, a touch mediocre. The novel was a much better medium to describe the bleakness of Ember even though you’d think a graphic novel would be good for that. Unfortunately the dark doesn’t seem that imposing in the graphic novel as a single panel will be in darkness and then the next panel just mentions how long that blackout was. It just doesn’t translate well. Not to mention that so many of the major plot points were simply grazed over or not mentioned at all. It took away the sense of urgency you get from the novel and it just makes it mediocre. Give it a shot if you loved the books (it only takes about half an hour to read) but if you’re unfamiliar with the books and instead looking for a good graphic novel avoid this one. You’d probably have a more entertaining time sitting in the dark and just pretending you’re in Ember!Interested in more book reviews? Check out my blog Bookworms Unite! (

  • Erika
    2019-02-11 04:59

    The graphic novel was fun. This makes me want to read the book.

  • Amanda Nye
    2019-02-03 03:02

    1.) This graphic novel is easy to follow in that it moves from left to right across the paper. There is also minimal words, which allows the pictures to tell most of the story. The color is "dull" and the panels are neatly organized, so the layout is fairly easy to follow. It would still be important to teach a student how to effectively read a graphic novel. 2.) This is a very powerful graphic novel and I may be hesitant as a teacher to use this, but I do think it would lead to great discussions in a small-group setting with advanced readers. There is a great, unraveling story line that would allow teachers to address many topics and reading strategies. I would use this book with upper primary, 2nd or 3rd grade. 3.) There is a death (natural) in this book and at times, the situations and pictures can be scary, but if you warn students of this and discuss it before hand, these concerns should not be a problem. It is important to know your audience when you are reading this book so you can be aware of how students may respond.

  • chase kramer
    2019-02-04 09:16

    The name of my book is THE CITY OF EMBER. The book was by: Jeanne DuPRAU. The genre of my book is Graphic novel. I think that this book is a graphic novel because it is not real. The setting is in a big hole. The main character in my book is Doon and Lina.Doon and lina are trying to get out of the big hole. This book was exciting because it’s cool. This book is cool because in the last 10 pages of the book they try to get out of the big hole. I like this book because they are truthful and down to earth. When Lina finds a letter she tells her friend about it.I loved this book. The strengths in this book are that the mayor didn’t stop the kids from doing what they wanted to do. There wasn’t really any weaknesses in this book though. People that like graphic novels then you will like this book. I hope they make a second one to this book.

  • Alaina Sloo
    2019-02-15 08:55

    Nice art, and a fine graphic novel for older primary school children who devour graphic novels, but it condenses the story to the barest plot lines and doesn't give kids time to experience the things that made the original book so appealing to kids: things like feeling what life underground in Ember was like and knowing the characters well enough to root for them.

  • Kira McGann
    2019-02-15 07:07

    This graphic version of Ember does an excellent job capturing the character’s raw emotions and visual appearance, moving easily from panel to panel, and providing effective use of light and shadow to give it that dim, dark underworld feel. I look forward to the graphic version of the next book in the series, The People of Sparks.

  • Nickcole
    2019-02-16 06:12

    Rating: 4The art was AMAZING and the story was just the added bonus. The ending left you with a bit of a cliffhanger and now I want to get my hands on the next book to find out what happens to the City of Ember.

  • Kassie
    2019-02-14 02:11

    the art was so creepy in the city of ember! i loved that she couldn't leave her sister when they escape

  • Mary Lee
    2019-01-24 06:23

    They stayed remarkably true to the novel.

  • Parker
    2019-01-30 03:01

    This graphic novel I enjoyed. I's pretty colorful and the drawings look great. The only thing is that I think they made Lina and Doon too young. ( Well, like how they look.) Nice book!

  • Karissa
    2019-01-27 05:19

    I bought this for my son at his school’s bookfair. Previously I had listened to The City of Ember on audiobook and thought it was okay but not great. I feel the same way about this graphic novel, everything about it okay but not great.My biggest issue with this graphic novel is that I feel like it strips away a lot of the mystery and dank ambiance of the novel. The dialogue is stripped down as well and made very simple. I felt like a lot of the important underlying dystopian issues the novel addresses are simplified or just omitted from the graphic novel.The illustration is decent and in full color. While I enjoyed the color palette used I wasn’t a huge can of how the people were illustrated...they all had very similar looking faces and bodies. Even given this the graphic novel was easy enough to follow.Overall I thought this was okay but nothing special. If you were a huge fan of the original book (which I wasn’t) this might be a fun journey down memory lane for you. I would definitely recommend the book over the graphic novel because I feel like the graphic novel skims over a lot of the important issues that made the full length book special.

  • Vania4037
    2019-01-28 01:12

    The City of Ember graphic novel follows the original story by Jeanne DuPrau.The illustrations in this book were amazing and the character designs were very good too. The way the illustrator drew Ember was detailed and very much like how I imagined Ember to be. It had been a while since I last read the original book The City of Ember, but the graphic novel took me back.Although I give praise to the art in this book, the story itself seemed to go by too fast. There were scenes that were cut off and characters that were never mentioned, which was a shame. Nevertheless, it did follow the same story and flowed in the general direction, so it was a completed book.The City of Ember graphic novel was pretty good, but I would rate it higher if there was more to it/ it was longer and included some excluded scenes.

  • Levi
    2019-01-27 00:55

    This was okay. I'm sure the original work is much better. I haven't read the original and I saw this graphic novel today at the library and decided to give it a quick read, since I've never read the novel. There were several plot holes in here and there were moments where there has to be more description provided in the book. Plus, some of the clues and answers to the puzzle seemed a little obvious. Overall, it was an interesting concept and it seems to have originated with a potential question of, "What if some terrible thing happened on earth and forced humanity to flee or take action of some kind, what would that look like?" DuPrau's answer to that question at least provided an enjoyable world to discover. She also had some decent imagery along the way and the graphic novel had a good pace, but it wasn't the most interesting dystopian novel I've encountered.

  • Julie Kirchner
    2019-02-08 07:09

    I had no idea there was a graphic novel of City of Ember. I love this story and I was excited to see it in graphic novel format. Sometimes the novel is intimidating for students due to the length, but I can imagine this will help those kids who would really enjoy the story, but may not pick up the novel. I'm excited to share it with students. I still think I personally prefer the novel, but this is a great addition to a classroom or school library.

  • Addie
    2019-02-12 09:25

    I read this with my two boys. It was a very good graphic novel. It has me wanting to pick up the actual book (which I didn't know existed prior to starting the graphic novel). The art work does a great job of developing the atmosphere. The story was intriguing, I plan on looking into getting the sequel.

  • Amy
    2019-01-21 06:12

    I love the illustrations but I didn't really like how fast this was. normally I like fast books but I like slower graphic novels because the pictures are harder to "read". I was really caught off guard when she figured it out so fast. all in all, I would really recommend reading the book first and then reading the graphic novel.

  • Kayla
    2019-02-19 02:19

    This book wasn't really a book that I enjoyed. It was kind of boring and it went a little too deep in parts that weren't really important, but other then that I liked the book especially because the illustrator did a great job of showing the kids, and adults emotions to what they were saying. It was a lot like the real book.

  • Engel Dreizehn
    2019-01-20 01:01

    Never have read the book but familiar with the a graphic novel I found to be enjoyable. The art style is very earthen in colour palette and style fitting for dystopia underground although if I ever read the actual book, I predict the graphic novel ver. would feel like a summary. Still fun a read.