December 5, 2012

HNC Book Review: City of Ember

I have finished the first novel in my Hundred Novel Challenge! Yeah! Yippy! (calm down). I chose The City of Ember because it was one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. I remember watching it in the theater for the first time and really loved it. I became a really big fan of Saoirse Ronan, especially after she starred in Hanna (no, I doubt there will be a Hanna 2).  

They typically say the book is much better than the movie and they are often correct. But, I can’t actually say that about this book. Don’t get me wrong; it’s good. It’s actually really good. Much of the story is intact, so not a lot was changed when they made the movie. But, I will say, the movie has a more elaborate story-line to it. There is, of course more action and suspense, more detail to the movie that the book just didn’t have.

But, based just on the book’s own merits (can you even compare a book to a movie?) I would hands down say this was a really great book. I have noticed several points where this writer likes to violate the supposed proper grammar rules I keep reading about. I think, more than anything else, reading these 100 novels is going to give me the surge of self-confidence I need to press on and get my books out to the reading public. At least the three have have written so far. Maybe even OUR DAUGHTER, the one I have half way finished.

All in all, I would give this book five stars. It was really good; probably would have been even better if I had not seen the movie first.

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