YMMV / The Books of Ember

The book series:

  • Anvilicious:
    • War is BAD.
    • Organized religion is literally puppy-kicking awful, if you believe The Prophet of Yonwood.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Doon and Lina, though they are Platonic Life-Partners for most of the series.
  • It Was His Sled: The fact that Ember is an Underground City is not found out until the end of the first book, but good luck finding someone who treats that like a spoiler (Hell, it even says this on the main page!).
  • Paranoia Fuel: One doesn't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that the situation in The Prophet of Yonwood (the U.S. battling a terrorist nation that threatens total war) is a natural progression from what the world is going through today.

The film adaptation:

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "One Last Message", perfectly fits over the credits and end sequences.
  • Idiot Plot: There whole thing happens because the Buildersnote  and every single Mayor note  thought it was a good idea to keep the key to future of entire humanity in one single piece of paper, and limit its knowledge to only one person at a time, rather than treating it as the most important subject for the posterity to study.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: The often gets this in comparison to the book.

Alternative Title(s): The City Of Ember, City Of Ember