Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Run Down City Of Ember


A different type of anachronistic tale is the post-apocalyptic . This fast paced, engrossing story by jeanne DuPrau is about a city in a vast empty, dark world where the lights are going out and it's up to a couple of children to see if there is anyone else out there. All this the result of an old ctastrophe that ruined the Earth.
The technology in this story is very much industrial, worn out and the machines are sputtering and emitting gouts of smoke.
A great, fun read.

5 comments:

tlc illustration said...

I haven't read the story, but saw the DVD recently. I thought it had a great visual sense of place - but was fairly mediochre in the drama dept. (despite casting people like Bill Murray and Tim Robbins). I assume the written version is better!

Eric Orchard said...

It really is a great book, Tara. It's a really fun read and I'm looking forward to reading the others in the series.

m.b said...

I agree Eric! I've read through the first three books in the series and have enjoyed them all, although so far I believe this first one to be the most compelling. Thought they did a pretty good job interpreting it for the film too.

Eric Orchard said...

Thanks M.B.

Gabriel said...

Have you read the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins? It is rather a Steampunk tale...