The Prophet of Yonwood

The Prophet of Yonwood

Book - 2006
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While visiting the small town of Yonwood, North Carolina, eleven-year-old Nickie makes some decisions about how to identify both good and evil when she witnesses the townspeople's reactions to the apocalyptic visions of one of their neighbors.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 289 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780375875267
Branch Call Number: j DuPr
Additional Contributors: DuPrau, Jeanne. Prophet of Yonwood


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Jun 01, 2021

Why? Why is this book a thing? Why did this story need to be told? I don't understand the drive behind getting this story out into the world, and selling it as part of the Book of Ember series. I think it would have been ok as a stand-alone ('ok' might be stretching it a little) but certainly not as a sequel to the well beloved City of Ember. DuPrau could have done so many things with a prequel to City of Ember- talk about the first generation of people in the underground city, or the actual war that led up to the small group of folks retreating to the underground, or even Lina and Doon's parents generation, how everything used to be great but things were rapidly deteriorating in the city. But no. Instead we get the story of one of the first residents of Ember, 50 years before she lived there. In a random podunk town where folks are led to believe weird stuff and are easily swayed by a crazy lady's vision.
Nickie doesn't act like an 11 year old. Not only that, she makes terrible decisions and can't for the life of her figure out right from wrong. And what 11 year old has a goal to fall in love?
There are also plot points that go nowhere, or by themselves would have made a much better story than the one that the author insisted on telling; like Hoyt McCoy and his interaction with aliens (I'm not kidding), the strange appearance of an albino bear in the woods, the history of Greenhaven (the house that Nickie's aunt is insisting on selling in Yonwood), or Grover's trek through the world as the next Steve Irwin. We are given tidbits of these ideas and stories and left to fill the gaps ourselves.
The Prophet of Yonwood reads as a weird morality tale cautioning against religion- not something I was expecting from a City of Ember book. Seriously, if you're reading the series, skip this one, or take it out of the library to read only the last chapter, as it's the only thing that connects to the rest of the series. What a missed opportunity.

May 17, 2021

great book! but could be better...

Feb 05, 2020

This book was great, but I was a little scared. This book is very scary, expectdly what happens to the world in it. Recommanded for ages 10 and up.

Aug 09, 2017

To be very honest, this book was my least favourite of the four. It just didn't appeal to me in a way the original and second did. The story jumps back to the past where the start of Ember and why the city was created. The protagonist is also dependent on a "single" parent/guardian and seeks out another for support. It seems like this author has a thing for writing about characters with only one direct family relation to look up to. Also, I found the beginning and ending a bit hard to grasp at. The plot just unraveled a bit at the seams, but for anyone who is organized in thought this would be a good book!
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 14, 2015

In the Prequel to the People of Ember series, 11-year-old Nickie goes with her aunt to Yonwood to help get a house ready to be sold during the time when there is a threat of nuclear war and Nickie discovers the difference between good and evil.

Mar 11, 2014

Really disappointing. I felt this book detracts from the original and engaging heart of the series. It's the epitome of anti-climatic. Really worth won't miss anything you can't glean from a quickie summary.

May 28, 2013

This is not a terrible book. While I do appreciate the thought of a prequel, the Prophet of Yonwood meanders a lot, so much so that when DuPrau finally connects the dots in the end, the anti-climactic finale feels very rushed instead of awe-inspiring. As well, DuPrau boldly incorporates many different subjects in the novel, including violence, impending/inevitable war, religion and faith, which is great to see in a young adult novel. However, the reason this Prophet of Yonwood doesn't quite work as well as People of Sparks is because the subjects and themes here aren't so much commented on and tied back in at the end, making them feel haphazardly thrown in. This book is still a decent read -- I particularly liked the parallel of the heightened tensions of the Cold War -- but it had the potential of being something greater than it was.

Apr 11, 2013

Terrible installment to the series. Changed my view on these books.

Dec 23, 2012

Not as good as the first.

turtlele333 Sep 12, 2012

Awesome prequel! I loved how Jeanne DuPrau made the plot!

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