By First Mate Keira

Title: The People of Sparks (The Books of Ember, Book 2)
Author: Jeanne DuPrau
Format: Digital ebook
Page Count: 352 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 9-12

Summary: When the people of Ember emerge from underground they are in shock. Following Lina and Doon’s advice they all trickle down to the road they see in the distance thinking the road will lead them to the Builders. It didn’t. It led them to the people of Sparks, a tiny town just beginning to find it’s feet after the nuclear war that destroyed the world as the Builders knew it. The two cities clash over resources – food, homes, work, and more and they just might go to war over it too! Did humans learn nothing?

Why I started this book:

I liked the first book well enough to read the second in the series.


  • How the clash is set up – how the two factions go from happy and welcoming to resentful and unwelcoming to the brink of war.
  • How the clash/war is avoided.
  • Who was actually behind the acts of violence against the Emberites.


  • I thought the people of Sparks took advantage of Emberites. It sounded like the Emberites were slaves doing all the hard manual labor. The Sparks population could have been working alongside but it wasn’t specifically stated. It was totally justified that the Emberites would be upset on that alone in my opinion.
  • Doon ignores Lina too much in the book. Made me sad. I liked them a lot.
  • That the people of Sparks believed a rebellious unhappy kid of their own (Torren) over a kind, upright, honest kid (Doon) of Ember.

Buy: The People of Sparks: The Second Book of Ember (Books of Ember)

Rating: 3 Treasure Chests

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