Jeanne DuPrau’s debut novel is the stunning The City of Ember, a keenly imaginative tale of two youngsters, Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow. The City of Ember is the only place for miles, and perhaps forever, that is lit up in a world encased in darkness, devoid of a sun or stars. However, the normally reputable supply of power appears to be failing, slowly but surely, as Ember is increasingly haunted by full blackouts, a fact that particularly concerns Doon. Both Lina and Doon have reached Assignment Day, when twelve-year-olds are cast from their classroom into real world jobs. Unfortunately for the both of them, they receive jobs neither want – Lina is assigned to Pipeworks, a dreary underground job, and Doon is given the job of Messenger, which requires a tireless runner. The two, in an epiphany of delight, decide to trade jobs, and in doing so, set out on paths destined to collide again, as they slowly work out the mysterious background of Ember, and attempt to figure out how to save their city. The moral conundrums Lina and Doon face resonate with relatability, and DuPrau’s clear and intelligent writing style has painted a world that vividly lights up in the minds of readers.