The Diamond of Darkholdby Jeanne DuPrau
Series: The Books of Ember #4
304 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by Kristi
Fun story with some good characters.
PlotThe former citizens of the underground City of Ember now live above ground in a harsh new world. As life becomes more difficult, thirteen-year-olds Lina and Doon return to Ember to find a secret treasure that may help their people. But when they arrive in Ember, they discover that their old home is not quite deserted.
MoralityLina and Doon lie to their elders in order to get away on their adventure, but there are consequences to this action.
Spiritual ContentLife exists on other planets, though this occupies only the tiniest bit of the plot. Lina sometimes has dreams or visions of a mildly prophetic nature.
ViolenceDoon fights with the Troggs, and there is a battle against some wolves.
Drug and Alcohol ContentNone.
Sexual ContentLizzie suggests that Lina and Doon have run off together to start a family, but this assertion is patently false and quickly dismissed by other characters.
Crude or Profane Language or ContentWashton Trogg calls Doon and Shawgo disparaging names.
ConclusionThe balance between adventure and pathos, mixed with an earnest desire on the parts of Lina and Doon to help their people, makes this a solid tale. As good as the first two Books of Ember, this fourth installment wraps up the tale by giving us a glimpse into the future of the main characters and those who come after them.
|Written for Age:||13+|
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