Book: The City of Ember
Author: Jeanne DuPrau
Like/Don't Like: It could have been better
This book would have been significantly improved with better writing. The story was gripping - an underground city whose inhabitants don't know anything more than the fading light bulbs and dwindling supplies left centuries ago by the people who built it - but the storytelling was lacking. There just wasn't any spark or magic. There were plenty of times when I found myself getting caught up in the story, I would imagine what it must be like to live in such a place, the constant fear of black-outs, only breathing stale cold air, a food supply that was quickly running out. There was a wealth of emotions and feelings to pull from but most of them were just alluded to without any kind of depth or understanding. Which made the characters seem very flat and dull and made a really great story a bit disappointing.