Friday, April 19, 2013

THE PROPHET OF YONWOOD


Review of THE PROPHET OF YONWOOD by JEANNE DUPRAU
(third BOOK OF EMBER)

I started this book with no predictions. The story opens on new characters and establishes itself as a prequel to the earlier two books. While I enjoyed THE PROPHET OF YONWOOD, by the end I concluded that it's much more a prequel than the third in a series. You could read this book without reading any of the others or you could skip over this one, only reading books 1, 2, and 4 of the quartet, without losing any of the story. There's a loose connection to the other books right at the end, but mostly THE PROPHET OF YONWOOD tells a separate tale.

Still, certain themes run throughout all the books. Mob mentality leaps to mind. In every BOOK OF EMBER so far, individuals' IQs plummet as they group together and play off each others' paranoia, suspicions, etc. In every book, divisions that didn't previously exist appear within a struggling community. The trademark of this series, though, is that it usually takes a child to show the adults what they're doing wrong.

THE PROPHET OF YONWOOD follows Nicole. Though I say you could skip over this book and still understand the series overall, Nicole does have a worthwhile story. When she and her aunt travel far from home to check out inherited property, Nicole invents some goals for herself: 1. Keep her aunt from selling the house 2. Fall in love and 3. Help the world. I won't spoil anything here, but I will say that the way in which Nicole achieves some of these goals is both surprising, amusing, and heartwarming.

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