Xiwen Gu Gu từ Dharmdaspur Newada, Uttar Pradesh 276206, Ấn Độ
It is the last day of school, and the 12-year-olds are excited and nervous about randomly drawing their jobs. This enforced and early entry into the workforce is the first sign that there’s something odd about the city of Ember. Then we learn that the city is the only bright spot in the darkness, and that the old generator below the city is the source of all their light; the city is reaching dire straits, an increasing number of blackouts and shortages of everything from paper to lightbulbs to canned food. While a few people sing happy songs, Hari Krishna-style, and some protest the Mayor’s laissez-faire policies, Lina and Droon are more curious or far-thinking than most; they alone recognize that something must be done. When their attempts to alert the city are thwarted by the Mayor and his guards, they must figure out how to save the city on their own. The Gregor the Overlander series is still the best people-living-underground series; this lacked that series’ emotional complexity. It reminded me more of “The Truman Show” or Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Running Out of Time or Nancy Farmer’s The House of the Scorpion in that the main characters slowly realize that their world is not in phase with the rest of the world.