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It’s been several months since Lina and Doon escaped the dying city of Ember and, along with the rest of their people, joined the town of Sparks. Now, struggling through the harsh winter aboveground, they find an unusual book. Torn up and missing most of its pages, it alludes to a mysterious device from before the Disaster, which they believe is still in Ember. Together, LIt’s been several months since Lina and Doon escaped the dying city of Ember and, along with the rest of their people, joined the town of Sparks. Now, struggling through the harsh winter aboveground, they find an unusual book. Torn up and missing most of its pages, it alludes to a mysterious device from before the Disaster, which they believe is still in Ember. Together, Lina and Doon must go back underground to retrieve what was lost and bring light to a dark world.In the fourth Book of Ember, bestselling author Jeanne DuPrau juxtaposes yet another action-packed adventure with powerful themes about hope, learning, and the search for truth....

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The Diamond of Darkhold Reviews

  • Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum
    2019-02-03 15:14

    Με αυτό το βιβλίο τελειώνει μια ξεχωριστική τριλογία που ενώ αρχικά φαίνεται παρόμοια με άλλες δυστοπικές ιστορίες, στην ουσία διαφέρει πολύ. Θα τη χαρακτήριζα πιο ανθρώπινη, πιο ρεαλιστική πιο κοντά στην νομοτέλεια της φύσης που κάνει αέναους κύκλους ζωής και θανάτου αλλά πάντα αρχίζει από κει που τελειώνει,εξελίσσεται,δοκιμάζεται,τελειοποιείται και κλείνοντας τον κύκλο πεθαίνει για να ξαναγεννηθεί και να αρχίσει μια νέα προσπάθεια δημιουργίας. Εντυπωσιακές οι αυθεντικές σχέσεις των ηρώων μας που δοκιμάζονται και υπάρχουν μέσα σε πολύ αντίξοες συνθήκες προσπαθώντας να ζήσουν με ηρεμία και ασφάλεια έστω κι αν στερούνται ακόμη και τα απολύτως απαραίτητα για να έχουν υποτυπώδεις συνθήκες διαβίωσης. Μαθήματα υπομονής,επιμονής,θάρρους, γενναιότητας και αυτοθυσίας από άτομα που παλεύουν για την επιβίωση παρά το ακατάλληλο της ηλικίας τους και ονειρεύονται απλώς να ζήσουν να καταφέρουν να υπάρξουν σε ένα τόπο δικό τους απλά και αγαπημένα συμπορευόμενοι με μια ομάδα ανθρώπων που ήρθαν από το σκοτάδι και ξαφνικά το φως εγινε ο μεγαλύτερος θησαυρός του κόσμου τους και ότι πολυτιμότερο ποθησαν ποτε. Ειναι πολύ δύσκολο έως ανέφικτο να παλεύεις να αρχίσεις μια ζωή νέα κόντρα σε όλα τα δεδομένα, με κυρίαρχο εχθρό την ίδια τη φύση και τα στοιχεία της. Εκεί που ολα μοιάζουν τελειωμένα η λύση έρχεται από τη ν αλληλεγγύη ,την αμοιβαία εμπιστοσύνη, τη καταπολέμηση κάθε μορφής βίας και την ομορφιά της ανθρώπινης ψυχής που μετατρέπει σε παράδεισο οτιδήποτε προκαλεί την κόλαση και την ασχήμια που πηγάζουν από την κακία την αδικία το ψέμμα και το ατομικό συμφέρον. Καλή ανάγνωση!!

  • Becky
    2019-01-26 15:22

    DuPrau, Jeanne. 2008. The Diamond of Darkhold.The Diamond of Darkhold is the fourth in the Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau. It begins shortly after the close of the second book in the series, The People of Sparks. The Emberites--now on their way to becoming full citizens of Sparks--are struggling side-by-side with the people of Sparks (their former enemies) to survive the harsh winter months. In the midst of this struggle, a roamer comes to town. Maggs, a woman roamer, a shepherdess, comes to barter, but with food being so precious, she's having a hard time of it. Until Lina and Doon spot something even more precious to them than food. A book. Well, remnants of a book anyway. Just eight pages in length, the book catches their attention because its title reveals that it is for the people of Ember. Further study proves that it this book is an instruction book for the people of Ember. But with just the last eight pages in place, who could ever puzzle out its meaning?If you've read the first book--and chances are you have else you wouldn't still be reading this review--you know that Lina and Doon have experience in solving difficult and mysterious and seemingly impossible puzzles. Knowing that no adults in Sparks would give their approval to these two kids' crazy plan, Lina and Doon make secret plans to leave Sparks and head off to a place they thought they'd never see again. A place they fear will have long lost sunken into darkness. The city of Ember.Can these two kids return to Ember and discover just what this book is all about? Can they make sense of this mystery? Can their journey lead to a discovery that could ultimately decide the fate of every man, woman, and child in Sparks? Can they save the day...again?While The People of Sparks and The Prophet of Yonwood are more about ideas and philosophies, this one is pure action and adventure. More action, less philosophy. Less ambitious themes, more exciting pace. So in a way, perhaps, it is less thought-provoking than its predecessors, but in some ways, I think it is more satisfying for most readers. (Less moralizing going on, for example. Am I the only ones that see these books as being heavy in messages???)I've seen a review or two of this one already. And I don't remember which one it was that mentioned you didn't need to have read The Prophet of Yonwood to make sense of this one. I'm not sure I entirely agree with that. I think you can enjoy 98% of the novel without having read the other, but there are a few elements especially in the novel's closing that only really make sense if you've read Prophet of Yonwood. The more important question may be is it necessary to have read the other books in the series recently. Confession time, I read The Diamond of Darkhold days within receiving it in the mail. I found it less than satisfying. Especially the last quarter of the book. Especially especially the ending. But I determined that this was probably due to the fact that it had been a while since I'd read the trilogy of books that precedes this one. So I went to my local library and checked out those three books--The City of Ember, The People of Sparks, The Prophet of Yonwood. I read them again, all right after one another. And then I picked up The Diamond of Darkhold. This second time it proved to be an entertaining and satisfying read. I needed a reintroduction to make this one really work. That's not to say that every reader would need this immersion process...maybe your memory is better than mine...a lot better than mine. But I'd suggest rereading the other books. It won't be a waste of time because they're all (mostly) enjoyable books.

  • Christine
    2019-02-11 19:05

    I read this book because I liked "The City of Ember" and the "People of Sparks". I expected to be a little disappointed because I was with "The Prophet of Yonwood", however I wasn't. From the very first chapter it kept me reading. Doon and Lina decide to go back to Ember to see if they can salvage anything from their old city to help their new city through the winter, plus they believe the builders have left them something to help their future. I liked the fast pace of the story as I think it will make for an interesting read for elementary students. A good ending to a good series.

  • Val
    2019-02-16 16:57

    I loved this book. I loved the City of Ember, and was less impressed with the other books in the series (though they were good and necessary).This book captured the part of Ember that made it such a fantastic book for me. It had all of the adventurous elements and worked very well with the story line.

  • Zahra Dashti
    2019-02-20 19:11

    خوب بود هرچند اخرش این حالت که در آینده دور چی می شه واقعا ضروری نبود. یکم رو اعصاب بودو اینکه معمارها خیلی ضایع بودن. واقعا چیزهای ضروری تری نبود که براشون بذارن؟ مثلا فیلم و کتاب اموزشی؟ واقعا چراغ متحرک چه به درد می خورد؟ اونم وقتی لامپ ممکن بود پیدا نشه! یا اینکه ادمهای اونقدر باهوشی پیدا نشه از تکنولوژی اش سردر بیاره! به نظرم نویسنده بعد سه جلد یه چیزی الکی اضافه کرده. در واقع می تونست ایده های بهتری برای انچه مردم امبر بعد خروج نیاز داشتند بیان کنه!

  • Brandi Rae
    2019-02-14 14:53

    Just in time for the movie release of City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau returns with The Diamond of Darkhold: The Fourth Book of Ember. Life in Sparks is becoming increasingly difficult for everyone; supplies are running low and people are starting to go hungry. With winter coming there is no relief in sight to the hardship.Visits from roamers, who trade goods and information from town to town, have also slowed; people are running out of useful things to trade. A glimmer of hope comes when Doon spots a book in the back of a roamer’s wagon. With the exception of eight pages of strange drawings, most of the pages are missing; however Doon and Lina are able to make out the words “For the people from Ember.”Believing that the builders may have left the people something of importance, the pair hatches a plan to return to the City of Ember, hoping to find supplies as well as unlock the secret contained within the ragged book. I hesitate to describe more, not wanting to give too much away, so lets just say that several treacherous and wonderful surprises await them as they leave the city of Sparks.DuPrau has recaptured the magic of her first two books, creating an exciting and adventure filled glimpse into an all too possible future.

  • Dakota C. Jones
    2019-02-22 23:00

    Although it seemed at first that I would be returning to the familiar city of Ember and the quality of writing that came with the first book, I am sad to say that I was met with the more familiar empty feeling I get from Jeanne DuPrau's work.I have to address this first, despite it being the end of the book. I think that it is absolutely ridiculous that she would include aliens. This is not only insulting, but very sloppy. She tries to summarize the future of all the characters in about 10 pages and it comes out as a mess. I understand that the alien presence was supposed to be a mirror for the reader. That is that she wanted to show us how our world is viewed...totally ridiculous. Why would Mrs. Murdo want to buy Lina a horse? Apparently Lina knows right away how to take care of it and the people of Sparks have no problem giving up food to feed it. I feel as if she had a lot of ideas that came to her at the end, but was too lazy to go back and edit them in. Instead she shoves so much into the last chapter that it overloads the story and makes it unrecognizable. One thing that just really bothered me was the short bit about the ruined letter and Lina and Doon trying to figure out what it says. This is not nostalgic or a funny coincidence, it is just stupid and made me despise DuPrau even more.There are far too many coincidences, the problems are solved too easily and it never really went anywhere. It is basically the first book with a new coat of paint. I didn't really learn anything new about the characters and was not invested in their quest. My only thought is that DuPrau thinks that children are stupid and books must be dumbed down for them.Another review by Curtis points out something I noticed as well. If you take a 3 hour boat ride, in any direction, you end up pretty far away. However DuPrau is too stupid to realize this and writes that you can get into the city in a far shorter time by walking down a steep ledge and crossing a pit. Clearly she has no common sense.It seems that the people in this new world are as dumb as the kids today. Instead of breeding sheep, they trade them like candy and instead of creating anything new they are completely dependent on what people bring them. The whole population is just like a daycare center.In some parts, like the wolves attacking, it felt like she added unnecessary action. Almost felt like she was trying to write a movie script and not a novel. As I have said in my reviews of the other books in the series, I think the idea (minus the 3rd book) is fantastic. I only regret that it was Jeanne DuPrau that endeavored to write about it. I think that Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) would have done better, or perhaps Norton Juster (Phantom Tollbooth).

  • Roxanne Hsu Feldman
    2019-02-17 18:56

    This is an exciting addition to a popular series. Although I kept on reading, fast, because of the actions and the mystery, I was not blown away by either the crafting of the language, or the development of the characters and plot. Lina and Doon are Lina and Doon -- they have not changed from a year ago, even if so much has happened in their life. They came to the series fully developed and little room is left for them to grown into more mature or slightly different people. This is not really problematic per se, but definitely does not add more flavor to the tale. The super advanced technology hinted by the Ancients in the prologue turns out to be mildly disappointing, as well. I was really hoping for something superb and beyond the early 21st century technology... say, the diamond accompanied by not a BOOK only but a book and some form of audio-visual instructions containing all the knowledge of technology advancement and warnings to the world. But perhaps that's exactly the wrong point to expect from this series and this author -- she wants to emphasize the importance of reading and books... I got the point -- just thought that it's somewhat not consistent with the world she has built.

  • Timothy
    2019-02-01 22:13

    Have you ever been in a situation where you were given a ten page report to write but you only had about two pages of material? If you were like everyone, you'd try to make the material 'stretch' in various ways. Have a thesis paragraph that went on for 3 pages, duplicate that for the conclusion, change the font size to something that would take another page or two, and then you would pad the paper with immaterial exposition till the 'document' reached a respectable length. Oh. And with that, the nice cover sheet, can't forget that.Anyway, the point I'm trying to reach is that, The Diamond of Darkhold is that paper. As far as I can tell, it's about 20% plot, with the rest being either a slight of hand font sizing, immaterial side stories, and a 'antagonist' (and I say that loosely) to give this story a sense of crisis. Without it, the 20% would have been a simple story of Doon and Lina going back to the dead city of Ember and finding one additional surprise from the Builders to help the city of Sparks start its way unto the beginnings of a civilization.At most, this felt like an afterthought from the author to the fans to give a sense of closure to Lina and Doon that would have been a pleasant short story. But when forced to stretch this to a 300 page story, the lack of a true sense of crisis (whether it's solving the mystery of the City of Ember or helping the People of Sparks survive), made this The Diamond of Darkhold ring somewhat hollow.And for those of you who're curious, I got a C- for that paper.

  • Corinne
    2019-01-28 18:09

    When I saw this one in the library, I knew I wanted to know more about the former residents of the City of Ember. I really enjoyed City of Ember and City of Sparks - Prophet of Yonwood was okay - but I liked this fourth installment, the Diamond of Darkhold better.We are once again with Lina and Doon in the city of Sparks, as winter is closing in and life is getting very difficult. There is no medicine, food is limited, and the darkness makes life not only more challenging, but more depressing, too. When Lina and Doon have the thought to return to their dark city to look for anything that can help, they get far more adventure than they bargained for.The writing in this book isn't breathtaking, the characters are a bit dry and the coincidences are, at times, nearly astounding, but the IDEA of this book is so interesting to me. I not only have a penchant for apocalyptic literature of all kinds, but I think DuPrau has put an interesting twist on the usual plot. I like her imaginings of how the remnants of us would survive an apocalyptic episode that didn't actually destroy all of our "things" - just our ability to use and understand those things.If you liked the first two books in the series, I'd suggest picking this one up. It gives some nice resolution with the characters and is different enough to keep things interesting.

  • Sonny
    2019-02-01 19:58

    "Trogg seemed to think that he knew everything, but strangely enough, it was exactly this that made him seem stupid to Doon. A person who thought he knew everything simply didn't understand how much there was to know."" (Doon,79)Diamond of Darkhold, the final installment of the Book of Ember series marks the closing chapters of Lina and Doon's adventures. On the brink of a terrible winter, food is scarce and sickness has crept into the town of Sparks. If things were to continue as they were, many would die from sickness and starvation. In hopes of finding a solution, Lina and Doon obtain the remains of a book that will help them save their new city, but all clues lead them back to the beginning... to their dying City of Ember. What they find there will change the course of the New World.Overall I thought the last installment was well written and successfully closed the story of the People of Sparks and Ember. Duprau offers a very unique insight of the Human Condition especially the inspiring notion of endurance through great tragedy. The final pages of the novel did raise many unanswered questions... but I did thoroughly enjoyed the series as a whole, definitely a top favorite Young Reader's series.

  • Rachael Steele
    2019-02-02 20:01

    Ok, if you haven't read this series, GO READ IT NOW!

  • Jennifer Rayment
    2019-01-24 23:01

    A satisfying end to the series, but not as good as the first two books in the series. It was nice seeing Lina and Doon and nice to see the people of Sparks working together with the people of Ember to make their town prosper. There was definitely less heavy moralizing which I think will appeal to the kids a little bit more. I can imagine that might have turned off many a reluctant reader as the morality was not at all hidden in the rest of the series. I did find this one a bit far-fetched and the alien bit (also alluded to in the previous book The Prophet of Yonwood) took away from the story. The story works better when it focuses on the adventures of Lina and Doon and the hardships of the towns people. Favourite Quotes“You know, son, I don't think there's such a thing as an easy life. There's always going to be hard work and there will always be misfortunes we can't control, lurking out at the edges - storms, sickness, wolves. But there is such a thing as a good life and I think that we have one here.”

  • Steve Altier
    2019-02-13 19:02

    I enjoyed this book and thought the entire series was perfect. Happy to see everything worked out for Lina and Doon. And they lived happily ever after. LOL, I gave this book four stars and the series 3.5 stars.

  • Mara
    2019-01-24 20:56

    At first I had hopes that this book would prove to be a dark and rather creepy installment. Doon and Lina return to Ember! What has happened to it since then? Who has moved in to claim the ruins after the evacuation? What terrible secrets now lurk in the dark? When Lina and Doon first return to Ember, my hopes seemed to be confirmed - it was eerie, dark, and mysterious. But when Doon meets the new occupants of Ember, my hope soon crumbled into disappointment. There's nothing scary about the Troggs (and no, they are not some strange creature; that's the family name), and nothing terribly mysterious and sinister about the Diamond, either. Jeanne DuPrau had the perfect opportunity to do something similar to The Time Machine - Morlocks and Eloe - and it would have been really good. Had she done something along those lines (not necessarily right along those lines, but something similar), I would have ranked The Diamond of Darkhold every bit as good as The City of Ember.But The City of Ember - the first book in the Ember Series - is still the best, and The Diamond of Darkhold, while an interesting read, is not necessary and a little boring. A quick read, but sadly lacking. In the end, all people learn to get along and make a better world for themselves, which then prospers and there is no fighting - etcetera. Sorry, but no. Doesn't work that way. Never will - not on this Earth, at least. While I took some small pleasure in reading The People of Sparks, The Prophet of Yonwood (which was a complete disappointment), and now The Diamond of Darkhold, I still maintain that Jeanne DuPrau did not need to write a sequel, let alone 3. The City of Ember ends perfectly - let the Readers assume what happens after that.I'll buy The Diamond of Darkhold simply to complete the series (hate having only two installments in a series), but you would be content to read no further, depending on where you are in the series. If you've just read The City of Ember, I would suggest reading no further. The sequels won't ruin the first book, but you'll be disappointed. If you have read beyond the first book - well, The Diamond of Darkhold is about as disappointing as the others.

  • Becca
    2019-02-14 15:09

    The more books in this series that I read, the less I feel that Jeanne DuPrau is a decent author. This book was back to the main story at least. I found some parts of the story pretty far fetched and contrived, however. Honestly...why is it that Lina and Doon can NEVER talk to an adult before running off to do something that would be much easier to do with the help of others? Ugh. It was just getting annoying. And how old are Lina and Doon supposed to be? 13? And, honestly, if you are the creators of the city of Ember and you want to leave a special prize of technology to help the survivors rebuild, umm, maybe you could give them an LED flashlight, so that they wouldn't have to find light bulbs in the bombed out cities? Yeah, that would seem, a lot more reasonable. Or how about a single electronic device (extremely rugged- paid for with government funds) that contains a library of textbooks to teach mankind about electricity, etc.? I don't know, the whole plot just seemed a bit lame to me.Oh, and who ends a series with the very last paragraph being the introduction of aliens coming to the planet with a lame attempt to tie them into to the previous book? Really? I think this was probably actually and attempt to make the third book in the series tie in better, but it seemed out of place, pointless, and bizarre. Not to mention that it was a violation of all the literary rules to introduce such a new idea in the final paragraph of the series with no room at all to explore or develop it. Just plain irritating.

  • Ross Bussell
    2019-01-26 21:18

    The City of Ember was one of those books that was just a great story all around, I enjoyed every page of it. Its sequel, The People of Sparks, while interesting, didn't have the same intrigue as Ember did. It was the same people, Lina and Doon, already fully developed as literary characters, and a continuance of the same story. Well, along comes The Diamond of Darkhold, a book that relies fully on the developed plots, character relationships, and that same "everything will happen to Lina and Doon only, no one else ever does anything interesting" device that carries this series. While I enjoy this series, its too much of the same at this point. The Diamond of Darkhold felt very contrived, with little planning of the plot or even the ending outside what was to be fully expected. I found myself being completely underwhelmed by the ending of this book, and confused, not knowing if the series is ended or if it was being left for the 5th book of Ember. All that being said, I do have some students that have been enjoying this series, and after all, these are books meant for kids. So in that respect, it's not bad, it's a familiar read with familiar characters and a familiar story. So, for you teachers out there, I definitely recommend keeping this book, and the entire Ember series around, but if you're an adult picking this one up based on your curiosity from the first books, prepare to be let down.

  • Lily Koh
    2019-02-21 16:05

    First, this story continues from book 2, the people of sparks. So, the villagers of Sparks were going through the start of winter. Lina and Doon came across a book that said it was for the people of ember. The book only had eight pages left, since the roamer who traded to them had used up most of the pages for fire. Doon and Lina was sure there was something meant for them somewhere in ember, or near the entrance of ember. They headed out to ember without telling what they were going to do, since it was very dangerous. When they got in, there were people there, and they got hold of Doon. Lina got out of Ember as fast as she could and headed towards the city of sparks. The people who got hold of Doon told that they were the ruler of what they called the city darkhold, since it was dark. The Troggs, who captured them showed their diamond, which Doon was sure it was for them. Doon had to get out of there. Can he escape and take the diamond, and what is the diamond used for? Will Lina and the villagers come and save him? read the book to find out.

  • Sq.Hill Library
    2019-01-24 22:57

    So I am truely a copulsive series reader. Even though I did not like the subsequent Ember books as much as the first I continued reading them and had to read this one, the last in the series.In Diamond of Darkhold, we meet back up with Lina and Doon in the village of Sparks and follow their story for another year's time. This story does not have the same feeling as City of Ember, but it is engaging and easy to read. Times are tough in Sparks and Lina and Doon set out on a journey back to Ember to see if there is anything left that they can salvage which will help their new town. After much struggle, an amazing discovery is made and life certainly does change for the better.I feel better about the way that the story of Lina and Doon ends wtih this fourth book in the series. I will certainly continue recommending the Ember series to 4th or 5th graders and up, especially if they are looking for a series. Thanks, again, to Erin for getting me hooked in the first place!

  • Santiago Navarro
    2019-02-02 15:16

    Ok, first book of ember AWSOME, second book of ember GREAT, third book of ember COOL, but a fourth book really? You could tell that DuPrau just ran out of things to write so she made this book by just filling in the pages with just plain bad stuff, it looked like she woke up at 3:00 am and then she wrote whatever she dreamt about, she has boring dreams. The story is long, so incredibly detailed, why? "the wood in the fireplace was cut down in a winter day, aproximatly 20 degrees and the lumberjack had some back problems because his wife kicked him out of his house because he couldnt pay the bills..." COME ON, we dont care how much wood there is in the fireplace or how much wax there is in the candle, we want to read about the story, she could make a whole new book of where the shoes of the made's daughter's sisters cousin's shoes where made out from! I would recomend this book to some painter that liked to paint the book's setting, so no one really.

  • Alex Watkins
    2019-02-24 20:12

    This book had some promise but I think mostly squandered what could have been a very inspiring re-building of civilization story. It trades the first and second books slight suspension of disbelief requiring realism for pure utopianism. In new society that is created we will all use green energy! yay it's totally plausible. Also have a pony! Also Aliens! it totally ties in with that third book I swear! Was this all the authors fantasy of the world being destroyed but then being rebuilt totally more awesome plus a pony. I was also annoyed with the addition to the Ember construction that was clearly invented here and just felt tacked on, perhaps just so that the title could be The diamond of darkhold which I admit is rocking the alliteration. I would have much preferred no diamond, but rather something that was not such a dues ex machina. Also the there is a family named trogg that lives underground which meant I had to think about warcraft every time they were mentioned.

  • Janna Rice
    2019-02-01 20:01

    Again, loved the first two books in this series, but this one is mind-numbingly boring. I kept skimming ahead, so while I didn't finish I did wind up skimming the entire book, and nothing happened that was interesting. The premise had the potential to be incredibly interesting, but instead it seems to have wound up ending with everybody finding magic electricity diamonds. Also, she keeps making the point that people don't care about jewels, but really, I don't think an apocalyptic war would make people stop caring about things and wanting to take them from other people. Nor do I see any reason why people would FORGET that jewels are valuable. Her simplistic idea that all the human race needs is an apocalyptic war to start over and be Good gets really annoying in this book, because it stretches my credibility to the breaking point. But again, I skimmed it, so that's just my impression of it.

  • Jeraca
    2019-02-23 18:07

    Doon and Lina have settled in in the town of Sparks, and while things aren't going exactly smoothly, there are no fights or riots breaking out. Now, everyone in Sparks is just trying to survive the winter months and hope that the spring will bring good fortune. When a roamer comes to town, Doon saw she had a book and just had to get it. Sadly, when he finally got it in his hands after trading for it, he realizes that the book is basically gone. There are maybe 8 whole pages left - the roamer used it to make fire. For the words that Doon can make out, though, he realizes that this is like the other book that the people of Ember were gifted when they left Ember. There was another book for them to find!Now Doon has convinced Lina that they have to go back to Ember and figure out what this book was supposed to do for them. Lina is a bit wary of going back to Ember since there is no light and no electricity. It is just a dark underground city now. But because the people in Sparks are getting sick and not surviving very well during the winter, she thought that maybe they might find something that can help them to get to spring. So yet again, Doon and Lina take off on an adventure to better their townspeople and realize they are in for more than they bargained for. Because Ember is not empty. There are people there, and now Doon and Lina have to find a way to get their stuff back, while also letting Sparks know what treasures they have found. So I know I gave this a 2 star. I was kinda bored through most of this novel - especially when Doon was stuck in Ember with the people who took it over. I was just ready for it to be overwith, to be honest. I did enjoy the feeling of a solid ending at this book, though. I didn't read the prequel novel, so I may have missed something important when information was given at the end of the book, but I've decided not to read it. I think I'm all wiped out of this series. Doon and Lina sure do know how to give their friends and family a heart attack, I've decided. For once, they should tell someone where they are going. Because if they had more people with them, they might have had to miss all of the drama at Ember. Also? I think Lina or Doon should definitely be one of the "rulers" of Sparks because those two kids have done A LOT for that town. Sure, they may have run out of food for the winter, but after they found their treasures, they should be looked at as GODS in that town!! Lol.I'm glad that I continued reading this series and I thought it was a very good storyline for the most part. It makes the reader think when this book takes place, because it's like a circle of life of the stuff that has already happened and the stuff that will happen - or that is hinted will happen by the author at the end of the book anyway. It just goes to show that the whole world can get wiped out and we have to start in the cave man times, but humans will get back to the intellect and advancement that they once were at before the end of the world happened!

  • Tanner Conway
    2019-02-21 21:57

    The book The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau is a great book. I have read all the books in the series and continue to love all the books that have been created. She is able to create images in my head while reading; which I appreciate the effort she puts into the books to be able to do that. The reason why is because it is hard to capture teens or young reader's attention. So the fact that it creates pictures makes reading fun. I don’t enjoy reading most books just for that reason. My favorite character throughout the book is Doon. He is not just my favorite character in this book. Also my favorite character in the series. The reason I like him so much is that he is very curious and brave. Those two things make for a great character in movies and books. I find it easier to enjoy a book if you can relate to it. For example the reason that I like the series is because I can relate myself to Doon. He is a very original person like myself. Again which is great to attract young readers, and get them to love reading. This is why Jeanne DuPrau is by far my favorite author. I am very picky when it comes to books that I Like to read. I prefer her books because most of them have the same standards that I look for. Most books hard understand what is happening. That is because they try to cram details in, and some of the details are to extra and overwhelming. For these reasons I would have to the book 3.5 stars out of five. The thing that could make the book better is more action because I felt like some points in the book were boring, were not as important. Which could lose the reader's attention?

  • Caden Westover
    2019-01-30 14:52

    It was a amazing book overall but a little sketchy at the end. It had a bad ending for so much buildup but still satisfied. It was amazing and continued what happened throughout the series. They went back to the city of ember to find something after a traveler came to trade stuff. They go to find something called a diamond and the male main character gets captured. (I read this book like 1 month prior).

  • Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
    2019-02-17 20:18

    Φτάσαμε στο τρίτο βιβλίο της σειράς της "Υπόγειας Πολιτείας" το οποίο ολοκληρώνει την ιστορία του Ντουν, της Λίνας αλλά και όλων των κατοίκων της Πολιτείας και της Λάμψης. Μπορεί στο δεύτερο βιβλίο της σειράς οι δύο προαναφερόμενοι να αντιμετώπισαν σοβαρά προβλήματα και να συγκρούστηκαν σε πολλαπλά επίπεδα όμως, κατάφεραν να βρουν τον τρόπο να ξεπεράσουν τις διαφορές τους, να συνεργαστούν αρμονικά για το κοινό καλό, αποτελώντας πλέον όλοι μέλη της ίδιας κοινότητας και όχι ξεχωριστών. Όταν παύει να υπάρχει διαχωρισμός στις μάζες και σεβασμός της διαφορετικότητας, τότε τα πράγματα μπορούν να λειτουργήσουν ακόμα κι αν υπάρξουν δυσκολίες ή αντιξοότητες. Και τα πράγματα για τους κατοίκους της Λάμψης κάθε άλλο παρά εύκολα είναι, πόσο μάλλον τώρα που βρίσκονται στην καρδιά του χειμώνα, το κρύο αυξάνεται, οι τροφές λιγοστεύουν, οι αρρώστιες και οι τραυματισμοί είναι περισσότεροι από ποτέ.Η Λίνα και ο Ντουν, κατάφεραν να σώσουν αρχικά τους κατοίκους της Πολιτείας από το σκοτάδι και κατά συνέπεια, από τον ίδιο τον αφανισμό τους. Στη συνέχεια, κατάφεραν να φέρουν την ενότητα ανάμεσα στους συμπολίτες τους και τους κατοίκους της Λάμψης, θυμίζοντάς τους πως στα δύσκολα πρέπει να είμαστε ένα κοινό μέτωπο και να μην δειλιάζουμε μπροστά στις δυσκολίες προσπαθώντας να λύσουμε τα προβλήματα με τον εύκολο τρόπο αλλά, με εκείνον που είναι σωστός και ηθικός. Παρά που η ζωή τους φαίνεται να έχει μπει σε έναν ρυθμό, αποκτώντας μια τακτική ρουτίνα, βαθιά μέσα τους τα δύο παιδιά νιώθουν νοσταλγία, τόσο για τον τόπο που γεννήθηκαν και μεγάλωσαν και άφησαν πίσω τους, όσο και για την περιπέτεια που τους έκανε να νιώθουν ζωντανοί και το αίμα στις φλέβες τους να πάλλεται πιο γρήγορα. Την αίσθηση αυτή ενισχύει η ανακάλυψη ενός βιβλίου από το οποίο έχουν απομείνει μόνο οκτώ σελίδες είναι όμως ολοφάνερο ότι απευθυνόταν σε εκείνους, τους ανθρώπους της Πολιτείας που όπως φαίνεται, ο λόγος που ζούσαν κάτω από τη γη τόσες και τόσες γενιές, ήταν ίσως πολύ πιο σημαντικός απ' όσο πίστευαν. Τότε είναι που τα δύο παιδιά παίρνουν τη μεγάλη απόφαση. Να επιστρέψουν στην Πολιτεία.Η επιστροφή του Ντουν και της Λίνας στην Πολιτεία έχει δύο σκοπούς. Ο πρώτος είναι να βρουν πράγματα τα οποία θα μπορούσαν να κάνουν τη ζωή των κατοίκων της Λάμψης πιο εύκολη και να τους βοηθήσουν. Ο δεύτερος, και ίσως ο πιο σημαντικός, να βρουν στοιχεία που θα τους βοηθήσουν να λύσουν τον γρίφο που κρύβει το βιβλίο με τις σκισμένες σελίδες. Κάποιος το άφησε γι' αυτούς, κάτι ήθελε να τους πει και πρέπει να μάθουν τι είναι αυτό. Κι πράγματι, επιστρέφουν στην Πολιτεία, βρίσκουν τρόπο να φτάσουν στην πόλη που έζησαν όλη τους τη ζωή μόνο που τα πάντα δείχνουν διαφορετικά, έρημα, εγκαταλειμμένα, θλιβερά και στενάχωρα. Και σαν να μην έφτανε αυτό, θα έρθουν αντιμέτωποι με μια έκπληξη που δεν περίμεναν, κάτι που θα τους θέσει σε κίνδυνο και θα κάνει τη περιπετειώδη κατάβασή τους ακόμα πιο δύσκολη κι επικίνδυνη. Κάπου εκεί είναι που ανακαλύπτουν το διαμάντι της Πολιτείας, εκείνο για το οποίο τα αρχαία τραγούδια μίλαγαν, εκείνο το πράγμα που είναι πιο πολύτιμο από κάθε τι και είναι δικό τους, ανήκει σε εκείνους που επιλέχθηκαν να ζήσουν για να ξαναχτίσουν τον κόσμο από την αρχή.Η DePrau διαλέγει αυτή τη φορά διαφορετική κατεύθυνση για την ιστορία της. Επαναφέρει τη δράση στα ίδια επίπεδα με εκείνη του πρώτου βιβλίου όμως, θέτοντάς την υπό διαφορετικές συνθήκες. Τώρα οι ήρωές της δεν προσπαθούν να βγουν αλλά, να μπουν την Πολιτεία και αυτό είναι τόσο αντιφατικό αλλά, και τόσο γοητευτικό συνάμα. Όχι μόνο η διαδρομή αλλά και τα κίνητρα πίσω από την πράξη αυτή είναι εντελώς διαφορετικά. Η Πολιτεία που κάποτε ήταν ζωντανή κι έσφυζε από ζωή, τώρα είναι ένας νεκρός τόπος που κατοικείται από φαντάσματα και αναμνήσεις ενός παρελθόντος που χάθηκε και δεν θα ξαναγυρίσει. Και η επιστροφή εκεί δεν είναι μόνο ένα μέσο που θα βοηθήσει τους κατοίκους της Λάμψης αλλά, ένας τρόπος να πουν οι ήρωές μας το αντίο που πρέπει στον τόπο τους, να συμβιβαστούν με το ότι το παρελθόν τους θα μείνει για πάντα πίσω στα σκοτάδια και ότι το μέλλον ανοίγεται μπροστά τους. Ένα μέλλον που όπως φαίνεται, οι Δημουργοί μάντεψαν πόσο δύσκολο θα ήταν, αφήνοντας στους ανθρώπους στους οποίους βασίστηκαν να ξαναχτίσουν τον κόσμο, ένα δώρο, πιο σημαντικό και πιο πολύτιμο από κάθε θησαυρό.Η τριλογία της DuPrau κλείνει με τον καλύτερο ρυθμό, με την απαραίτητη δράση που ανεβάζει την αδρεναλίνη μας, προσφέροντάς μας αρκετές ανατροπές κι εκπλήξεις που ανεβάζουν το σασπένς πολύ ψηλά, ικανοποιώντας απόλυτα το αναγνωστικό κοινό που αναζητά την περιπέτεια. Από την άλλη, δεν αφήνει τους προαναφερόμενους παράγοντες να υποβαθμίσουν το νόημα και τα μηνύματα της ιστορίας της, ως σύνολο, αποδεικνύοντας με τον δικό της τρόπο ότι οι άνθρωποι δεν χρειάζεται μόνο να ανακαλύψουν την εσωτερική τους δύναμη, να συμβιβαστούν και να σεβαστούν την διαφορετικότητα των άλλων προκειμένου να επιτευχθεί η ομόνοια και η ευημερία αλλά ότι, ακόμα κι αν χρειάζεται να λύσεις χιλιάδες γρίφους και μυστήρια, να κάνεις εκατοντάδες υπερβάσεις ξεπερνώντας ακόμα και τον ίδιο σου τον εαυτό, το σημαντικότερο απ' όλα είναι η ελπίδα, γιατί όσο αυτή υπάρχει και η φλόγα της παραμένει σταθερά δυνατή, τότε και μόνο τότε, ακόμα κι αν όλα γύρω μας έχουν καταρρεύσει, μπορούν πραγματικά κάποια μέρα ν' αλλάξουν προς το καλύτερο.

  • Melanie
    2019-02-19 21:14

    Three stars because its intended audience is middle and elementary students; and they will like the tidy and happy ending, although I considered giving it two. But really not much happens in this story and it could have been about twenty pages long without losing any of the story.

  • Scott
    2019-02-19 17:11

    This was fine.

  • Ros
    2019-01-27 15:58

    Amé este libro... Pero la puntuación es 4.5/5 (y al final verán porqué)Después de la terrible lectura que fue The Prophet of Yonwood (totalmente ignorable... En serio, pueden saltarlo) regresamos a la fascinante aventura y tensión que tuvimos en los dos primeros libros.Y más importante aun: ¡Regresan Lina y Doon!El dio dinámico esta de vuelta, listos para salvar el pueblo de Sparks y a sus habitantes de las desgracias del invierno.Nueve meses después de los sucesos de "The People of Sparks" las cosas no pintan bien para el pueblo. El invierno ha sido duro, la comida escasa y la gente se ha enfermado. Pero pronto Lina y Doon consiguen un libro que fue dejado por los constructores para los habitantes de Ember con instrucciones... Asi que deciden regresar a Ember.Al llegar a la ciudad, esta no resulta estar tan deshabitada como ellos pensaban y Doon es atrapado por la familia que ahora habita Ember: Los Troggs. Un grupo de gente desagradable cuyo patriarca se cree un erudito en todas las cosas y realmente entiendo la rabia del pobre Doon al tener que tratar con ellos.Lina tiene que regresar a Sparks a conseguir ayuda para sacar a Doon del aprieto donde esta metido. Sin embargo, al final Doon logra salir por su cuenta y junto con Lina descubre cientos de dispositivos dejados por los constructores, aunque aun no saben para que sirven.Tras regresar a Sparks, se organiza un regreso a Ember para buscar cosas que puedan ser de provecho... Con la salida tan apresurada de sus habitantes, quedo comida, vestimentas y otros objetos que ayudan a los habitantes de Sparks (incluyendo los emberitas) a sobrevivir lo que resta del invierno y empezar un mejor futuro tras descubrir lo que estos artefactos con forma de diamante pueden hacer: Tomar la luz del sol y convertirla en electricidad.Este libro me gusto mucho. Lo lei en una tarde y fue un soplo de brisa refrescante después del trago amargo del libro anterior. El libro tiene todo lo que me gusto de sus predecesores: Acción, suspenso, villanos que odiar y al mejor duo dinámico como protagonistas.Al final vemos un pedazo de lo que será el futuro de Lina y Doon y muchos años después de ellos. Las mejores noticias: ¡Mi ship es canon! ¡Hell yeah!Ademas sabia que había algo entre el papá de Doon y la Sra. Murdo.Fue un gran final...Excepto por esos últimos párrafos donde Jeanne DuPrau decidió meter extraterrestres en la historia. ¿Aliens? ¿Es en serio? Ugh. No soy fanática de las historias con aliens, y menos aun me gusta cuando deciden incluirlos de forma totalmente innecesaria en un historia que funcionaba perfectamente bien si ellos. De verdad que arruina el final.Por eso el 4.5 de 5.Pero el libro es excelente y la serie (menos obviamente el tercero) es maravillosa.

  • Patricia
    2019-02-21 16:52

    After I finished The City of Ember, and before I realized there was an Ember series, I spent a few days wondering what, exactly the builders were thinking. Their whole setup seemed great for 200 years, but there seemed to be no plan for how the people of Ember would survive above ground without the collective knowledge of human history. I myself have a smattering of knowledge of how to grow food and consider myself handy, but I'm not sure if I could make it through a winter on my own, and I was raised on frontier novels with survivor tips disguised as plot points. The people of Ember had never seen a sunset, or experienced seasons, or even snow. What exactly were they supposed to do for food and shelter?The first chapter of book four in the Ember series lets us know that the builders were thinking of how hard the emergence would be and explains that they decided to do something to give the people of Ember a head start--to make it easier on them. The builders put this mysterious something into a time-release vault for the people of Ember to find when they come above ground. After this setup, we are plunged (yay!) back to the village of Sparks where the former citizens of Ember now current citizens of Sparks are attempting to survive their first winter. We follow Lina and Doon as they find evidence of this thing that will make it easier on the Emberites. Being the Lina and Doon we know, of course they decide to solve this mystery on their own.Now having finished the novel and knowing the thing that the builders prepared, I have to say, "eh." Sure, the item was helpful to the village of Sparks and allowed a great many things to happen, as we find out in the last chapter, but really? That's what they thought of? A few books on creating food and shelter as well as natural medicines might have served the citizens a bit better.That said, I enjoyed this seemingly last book in the Ember series. Like the first and second book, it was full of action and moral quandaries and Lina and Doon are great characters.