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The City of Ember: Introduction
The City of Ember: Plot Summary
The City of Ember: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The City of Ember: Themes
The City of Ember: Quotes
The City of Ember: Characters
The City of Ember: Symbols
The City of Ember: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Jeanne DuPrau
Historical Context of The City of Ember
Other Books Related to The City of Ember
- Full Title: The City of Ember
- When Written: Early
- Where Written: California
- When Published: 2003
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Young Adult Fiction; Science Fiction
- Setting: Ember, a fictional underground city
- Climax: Lina, Doon, and Poppy make it out of Ember.
- Antagonist: Mayor Cole and the Seventh Mayor specifically; greed in general
- Point of View: Third-Person Omniscient
Extra Credit for The City of Ember
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