genre: young adult/apocalyptic
When I saw this one in the library, I knew I wanted to know more about the former residents of the City of Ember. I really enjoyed City of Ember and City of Sparks - Prophet of Yonwood was okay - but I liked this fourth installment, the Diamond of Darkhold better.
We are once again with Lina and Doon in the city of Sparks, as winter is closing in and life is getting very difficult. There is no medicine, food is limited, and the darkness makes life not only more challenging, but more depressing, too. When Lina and Doon have the thought to return to their dark city to look for anything that can help, they get far more adventure than they bargained for.
The writing in this book isn't breathtaking, the characters are a bit dry and the coincidences are, at times, nearly astounding, but the IDEA of this book is so interesting to me. I not only have a penchant for apocalyptic literature of all kinds, but I think DuPrau has put an interesting twist on the usual plot. I like her imaginings of how the remnants of us would survive an apocalyptic episode that didn't actually destroy all of our "things" - just our ability to use and understand those things.
If you liked the first two books in the series, I'd suggest picking this one up. It gives some nice resolution with the characters and is different enough to keep things interesting.