This sequel to THE CITY OF EMBER follows the further adventures of Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow as they and other residents of Ember take up residence in the town of Sparks. Although they initially welcome the people of Ember, the residents of Sparks soon come to resent how the Emberites are taking more of their share of the town's meager resources. As tension builds between the Emberites and the people of Sparks, it is up to Lina and Doon to save the day.
Jeanne DuPrau has been a teacher, an editor, and a technical writer. She lives in Menlo Park, CA, where she keeps a big garden and a small dog.