The People of Sparks

by Jeanne DuPrau
Series: The Books of Ember #2
352 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by Knight of Narnia

Great read, but some violent content near the end.


In this sequel to The City of Ember, the people of Ember must find out how to live above ground after Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow found the way out of the underground city. They come to a city called Sparks and get along with the citizens for a while, until Doon is accused of throwing tomatoes. Then the friction begins to build.


For the most part, the good characters have good morals. One of the Emberites is found to not be truthful later in the book, but the people ridicule him for it.

Spiritual Content



This book is more violent than The City of Ember. Especially near the end, where the Emberites and the citizens of Sparks are involved in a large battle. There is fire and some killing in this battle.

Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content


Crude or Profane Language or Content

None that I recall.


The People of Sparks is a very enjoyable read. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I did The City of Ember, but it still has much of the spirit of the first book. You pretty much have to read it if you want to know what happens after The City of Ember.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: 11-12

Review Rating:

Average rating: 4 stars
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